HBO to air Oscar-nominated short “God is the Bigger Elvis”

Rebecca Cammisa's Oscar-nominated short God is the Bigger Elvis has been picked up by U.S. subscription channel HBO, and is set for an April 5 premiere.
March 19, 2012

Rebecca Cammisa’s Oscar-nominated short God is the Bigger Elvis has been picked up by U.S. subscription channel HBO, and is set for an April 5 premiere.

The doc focuses on Dolores Hart,  a former Hollywood starlet who acted opposite Elvis Presley, Montgomery Clift and Anthony Quinn before deciding in 1963 to become a Benedictine nun.

Hart, now the Mother Prioress of the Abbey of Regina Laudis, tells her story of being chosen to play Elvis’ love interest in the 1957 film Loving You and other high profile movies before making the surprising decision to leave Hollywood and enter an Abbey in Bethlehem, Connecticut, where she became a cloistered Benedictine nun.

HBO will air the short doc again on April 8, 10, 13, 14 and 19, while HBO2 will also pick up the doc.

Director Cammisa is also the daughter of a former nun, and her other credits include Sister Helen and the 2009 HBO feature doc Which Way Home, which was nominated for an Oscar and won an Emmy.

God is the Bigger Elvis is produced by Cammisa and Julie Anderson,  with supervising producer Sara Bernstein and executive producer, Sheila Nevins acting for HBO.

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