CNN Films & RAW Team for The Lost Sons Doc


CNN Films has collaborated with RAW for the documentary feature The Lost Sons, directed by award-winning filmmaker Ursula Macfarlane (Untouchable; Charlie Hebdo: Three Days That Shook Paris; One Deadly Weekend in America).

The Lost Sons follows the story of Paul Fronczak, who at age 10 found clippings about his parents—images of them grieving for a kidnapped baby and then celebrating two years later over a toddler found abandoned and returned to them. The investigation explores whether or not Fronczak is that kidnapped baby, and if so, where he was for two years. Fronczak himself embarks on the journey for answers, plunging him into the depths of family secrets.

The story of The Lost Sons is told through a combination of re-enactments, the testimony of close family and first-hand witnesses, news footage and family archive.

Ursula Macfarlane said: “I’m thrilled and proud to work with CNN Films and RAW to bring Paul Fronczak’s astonishing story to the screen. Nothing excites me more than a real storytelling challenge, and this is a mystery tale like no other. The Fronczak story has twists and turns you won’t believe and explores profound themes to which we can all relate: the importance and meaning of identity and family.”

Amy Entelis, executive VP of talent and content development for CNN Worldwide, said: “Ursula Macfarlane brings tremendous talents as a director of documentary and dramatic films to this richly layered, emotionally complicated, breath-taking true story. Viewers will find The Lost Sons wholly unpredictable and riveting.”

Liesel Evans, creative director of U.K. factual for RAW, an All3Media company, said: “When we first came across Paul’s story, we were immediately gripped. Not only is it an extraordinary real-life thriller, but it also poses profound questions about identity and belonging. We were delighted that Ursula came on board as director. The film she has made is deeply moving and will have the audience on the edge of their seats.”

Entelis and Courtney Sexton, senior VP for CNN Films; Evans; and Ross Dinerstein, Campfire founder and CEO, will be among the executive producers for the film. The Lost Sons is produced in association with Campfire.