Avant-Garde Director Is Center of "Absolute Wilson" Film; Premieres July 17 on Cinemax

News   Avant-Garde Director Is Center of "Absolute Wilson" Film; Premieres July 17 on Cinemax
Director Robert Wilson — whose Les Fables de La Fontaine is part of the Lincoln Center Festival — is the focus of "Absolute Wilson," a new documentary film that will premiere on Cinemax July 17 at 6:30 PM (ET).

Katharina Otto-Bernstein helmed the film about the international avant-garde director that features musicians David Byrne and Philip Glass, opera singer Jessye Norman and critic John Simon discussing Wilson's life and work.

"Absolute Wilson," according to materials, "chronicles the epic life, times and creative genius of Robert Wilson, intimately revealing for the first time one of the most controversial, rule-breaking and downright mysterious artists of our era. More than a biography, the film becomes an exhilarating exploration of the transformative power of creativity itself - and the inspirational tale of a boy who grew up as a troubled and learning-disabled outsider in the American South only to become a fearless artist with a profoundly original perspective to share with the world."

The director has worked both in theatres and opera houses around the globe. His works include Woyzeck, Peer Gynt, The Life and Times of Joseph Stalin, Einstein on the Beach and the CIVIL wars. His work (with collaborators Tom Waits and William S. Burroughs) The Black Rider: The Casting of the Magic Bullets was seen at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (in 1992) and more recently played San Francisco's American Conservatory Theater (2004) and Los Angeles' Ahmanson Theater (2006).

The film — available on DVD in November — has also spawned a book "Absolute Wilson: The Biography" by Otto-Bernstein, which was released by Prestel Publishing in August 2006.

For more information visit absolutewilson.com.

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