“Altman” an EPIX Original Documentary Makes its World Television
Premiere August 6, 2014, at 8PM ET
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
Premium entertainment network EPIX announced today that Altman,
a 90-minute EPIX Original Documentary on legendary filmmaker Robert
Altman produced and directed by Ron Mann, will make its World Television
Premiere on EPIX on Wednesday, August 6, at 8PM ET. Featuring
rare interviews, clips from his groundbreaking films, and insightful
musings from key collaborators and family members, Altman
offers a unique portrait of the maverick filmmaker often called the
father of independent cinema.
Altman will premiere on EPIX on Wednesday, August 6, at 8PM ET. (Photo: Bob Frame)
Robert Altman’s career left an indelible mark not only on the cinematic
art form, but also the cultural zeitgeist. From his start in television
directing “Alfred Hitchcock Presents,” “Bonanza” and “Kraft Suspense
Theatre” to his genre-busting films M*A*S*H, McCabe &
Mrs. Miller, Nashville, The Player, Short Cuts, Gosford Park, to A
Prairie Home Companion, Altmandefied Hollywood
conventions and reinvented what television and movies could be. Altman
takes viewers through the highs and lows of the uncompromising
visionary’s half-century career.
“Robert Altman was one of the greatest American filmmakers of our time,”
said Mark Greenberg, EPIX President and CEO. “He was a risk taker whose
style of storytelling inspired his fellow filmmakers and delighted
actors. Ron Mann’s film is a wonderful testament to the extraordinary
life and career of Robert Altman, and we’re sure that EPIX viewers will
enjoy this fascinating look at the man and the artist.”
Although Robert Altman’s unique filmmaking style won him many friends
and worldwide praise, the rebel auteur also received scathing criticism,
often from studio executives, for not playing by Hollywood’s rules.
Throughout his crowning glories and utter catastrophes, Altman remained
dedicated to collaborative creation. Altman provides fresh
commentary from the key players who frequently took part in this
collaboration including his wife Kathryn Reed Altman and children
Bobby, Michael, Stephen, Matthew and Christine Altman. The documentary
also features appearances by Paul Thomas Anderson,James Caan,Keith Carradine,Elliott Gould,Philip Baker Hall,Sally Kellerman,Lyle Lovett,Julianne Moore,Michael Murphy, Lily Tomlin, Robin WilliamsandBruce Willis.
Along with the television premiere on August 6, EPIX will present
Altman’s The Long Goodbye and Popeye as part
of the evening’s celebration, and will feature a slate of his films all
month on EPIX On Demand.
Altman an EPIX Original Documentary is produced by Ron
Mann of Sphinx Productions, in association with The Movie Network, a
Division of Bell Media Inc., Movie Central, and with the participation
of the Ontario Media Development Corporation, Rogers Documentary Fund,
Rogers Cable Network Fund, the Canada Media Fund and the Canadian Film
or Video Production Tax Credit, and directed by Ron Mann. Jill Burkhart
is the executive producer for EPIX.
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EPIX is a premium movie and original programming entertainment service
delivering the latest movie releases, classic film franchises, original
documentaries, comedy and music events on TV, on demand, online and on
devices. Launched in October 2009, EPIX has pioneered the development
and proliferation of “TV Everywhere.” It was the first premium network
to provide multi-platform access to its content online at EPIX.com and
was the first premium network to launch on Xbox, PlayStation®, Android
tablets and phones, Windows 8.1 and Roku® players. EPIX is available to
authenticated subscribers on hundreds of devices including Apple® iPads®
and iPhones® and is the only premium service providing all its
programming on all platforms, delivering more movies than any other
premium network, with thousands of titles available for streaming.
EPIX is a joint venture between Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA and VIA.B), its
Paramount Pictures unit, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. (MGM) and
Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF). Through relationships with cable, satellite and
telco partners, EPIX is available to over 45 million homes nationwide.
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