By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood March 16, 2012 at 3:44PM
The rule changes for documentaries to qualify for next year's Academy Awards require a multi-city theatrical run and a review in The NY Times. In an interview, HBO Documentary Films czar Sheila Nevins told me that going forward, HBO will now choose a far smaller number of films to qualify for the Oscars. (The rest will head for Emmy contention.) Well, now HBO has picked one. They will partner with Submarine Entertainment and Music Box Films to open Matthew Akers' 'Marina Abramovic The Artist is Present' theatrically to qualify the movie for Oscar consideration, shortly before its June premiere on HBO.
Music Box is partnering with Josh Braun's Submarine Entertainment for the film's domestic distribution. The film is a Show of Force Production in association with HBO Documentary Films.
Outrageous performance artist Abramović has been doing her thing for almost 40 years, using and testing her body --and its limits. With total access granted by Abramović and New York's Museum of Modern Art, Akers ("Carrier," "Circus") takes the viewer inside her world: professional (curators, collaborators, fans) and personal ( lovers, friends). We also sit across from the artist during her recent well-attended MoMA show.
View the film's trailer here and below.