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Philip Glass documentary coming to theaters

NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - Philip Glass’ modern classical scores have been featured in many films, but now the composer himself will hit the big screen.

Indie distributor Koch Lorber Films has acquired U.S. theatrical and home video rights to “Glass: A Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts,” a documentary from Australian filmmaker Scott Hicks.

The feature includes interviews with Martin Scorsese, Errol Morris, Chuck Close, and Christopher Hampton in its exploration of Glass’ life and work.

“Glass” was shot in the 18 months leading up to the artist’s 70th birthday last year. It premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September.

In addition to composing such operas as “Einstein on the Beach,” Glass earned three Oscar nominations for scores to “Notes on a Scandal,” “The Hours” and Scorsese’s “Kundun.”

Though Hicks is best known as the Oscar-nominated director of “Shine,” he also made such TV documentaries as “Submarines: Sharks of Steel” and “The Great Wall of Iron.”

“Glass” will premiere in April at New York’s IFC Center to coincide with a revival of his opera “Satyagraha” at the Metropolitan Opera House. A national platform rollout and DVD release will follow.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter