Showtime is planning to give documentaries Listen to Me Marlon (pictured) and Prophet’s Prey theatrical releases ahead of their broadcast air dates.
The films, which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in January, will roll out in U.S. cinemas under the cable net’s newly created Showtime Documentary Films banner.
Director Stevan Riley’s Listen to Me Marlon, which is based on the legendary actor’s personal audio archive, will begin its theatrical run in New York at the Film Forum on July 29 and in Los Angeles on July 31 at the Landmark before a nationwide release in summer and fall. It was produced by John Battsek, R.J. Cutler and George Chignell.
Amy Berg’s Prophet’s Prey looks at Warren Jeffs, the polygamist former leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints who was sentenced to life in prison on sexual assault charges in 2011. The doc will open theatrically in the fall.
Berg exec produced the film alongside Dustin Lance Black, Shannon Costello, Anna Culp, Geralyn Dreyfous, Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, Erica Huggins, Jon Krakauer and Regina Scully. Producers were Sam Brower and Katherine LeBlond.
Other Showtime doc titles to air as part of ‘Sho: Close Up’ include Simon Chinn‘s Atari: Game Over and Knock, Knock, It’s Tig Notaro.