Eric Clapton Documentary Gets Awards-Qualifying Release in November

Eric Clapton
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Eric Clapton performs on stage at the Nassau Coliseum on June 30, 1974. 

Abramorama is partnering with Showtime Networks for the theatrical release of "Life in 12 Bars," which has been submitted for Oscar consideration.

Eric Clapton is headed to the big screen later this month. Abramorama is partnering with Showtime Networks to release the documentary Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars in limited theaters on Nov. 24. It will then premiere on Showtime on Feb. 10.

Directed by Lili Fini Zanuck, the doc is described as an unflinching and deeply personal journey into the life of the legendary musician. Passion Pictures’ John Battsek (Searching for Sugar Man) is among the producers of the film, which was edited by Chris King (Amy, Exit Through the Gift Shop). The title made its world premiere in September at the Toronto International Film Festival.

“The breadth of Eric Clapton’s career — John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, The Yardbirds, Cream, Blind Faith, Derek and the Dominos — is impossible to be true and yet Lili Fini Zanuck’s brilliant film makes it clear that it is," Richard Abramowitz, president of Abramorama, said Wednesday in a statement. "We’re very proud to start the holiday season with this gift to lovers of great music.”

Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars zooms in on the life and legacy of the 18-time Grammy winner and the only artist ever to be inducted three times into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The doc charts his roots from a traumatic childhood through his difficult struggle with drugs and alcohol and the tragic loss of his son, and contextualizes Clapton’s role in contemporary music and cultural history. It also features archival materials like classic performance clips, on- and offstage footage, iconic photos, concert posters, handwritten letters, drawings and personal diary entries, as well as extensive interviews with Clapton himself and his family, friends, musical collaborators, contemporaries and heroes, including late music icons B.B. King, Jimi Hendrix and George Harrison.

Abramorama previously released music-driven films about The Beatles, Bert Berns, Clive Davis, Sean Combs and The Grateful Dead.  

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