Sundance Film Festival — January 28, 2012 — Submarine Entertainment announced today that it has sold Australia, New Zealand, and South African rights to Matthew Aker’s film MARINA ABRAMOVIC THE ARTIST IS PRESENT to Madman Entertainment. The deal was negotiated by David Koh & Josh Braun & Dan Braun of Submarine Entertainment on behalf of the producers and filmmakers along with Paul Wiegard, Managing Director of Madman Entertainment. The film is a Show of Force Production in association with HBO Documentary Films. Directed by Matthew Akers. Produced by Jeff Dupre and Maro Chermayeff. Cinematography by Matthew Akers. Edited by E. Donna Shepherd. Composer Nathan Halpern. Co-Editor Jim Hession. Executive Produced by Sheila Nevins and Nancy Abraham for HBO Documentary Films; Executive Produced by Stanley Buchthal, Maja Hoffmann, and David Koh for Dakota Group, Ltd. Films We Like in Canada also previously acquired Canadian rights. Other foreign deals and a domestic deal to be announced shortly by Submarine.
Seductive, fearless, and outrageous, Marina Abramović has been redefining performance art for nearly 40 years. Using her body as a medium, and pushing herself beyond her physical and mental limits, Abramović creates emotionally provocative work that transgresses boundaries and expands consciousness. She is, quite simply, one of the most compelling artists of our time.
With total access granted by Abramović and the Museum of Modern Art, filmmaker Matthew Akers has created a visually luscious and mesmerizing cinematic journey that takes us inside the world of radical performance. Akers brings us close to the curators, collaborators, lovers, and admirers of the artist. The filmmaker also mines Abramović’s creative process and remarkably grants audiences the coveted experience of sitting across from the artist during the most important show of her career. Marina Abramović The Artist Is Present is both an intimate portrait and an experiential encounter with an astonishingly magnetic, endlessly intriguing woman who draws no distinction between life and art.
Koh and the Braun Brothers stated, “We are excited to work with Madman on the release of the film and they are the perfect home for the film and the filmmakers.”