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Emerging Pictures to Re-release 1972 Academy Award-winning Doc “Marjoe” in U.S.

Emerging Pictures to Re-release 1972 Academy Award-winning Doc "Marjoe" in U.S.

Emerging Pictures announced today that it will re-release 1972’s Oscar-winning documentary feature “Marjoe,” with a January 13th opening at New York’s IFC Center theatre, followed by roll-out in other markets. The provocative documentary, first seen at the Cannes Film Festival, was co-produced and co-directed by Howard Smith and Sarah Kernochan and received the 1972 Academy Award for best documentary feature. The film focuses on four-year-old Marjoe Gortner, who at the age of four was ordained and quickly became famous around the United States for preaching by memory and performing faith-healings. At age 14, he renounced his profession and his manipulative parents, but then returned to the pulpit at 21 as a preacher who didn’t believe in God and exposed the tactics used by preachers-for-profit.The co-directors are scheduled to participate in a Q&A and cocktail party at the theater opening night. Simultaneous with its New York opening, “Marjoe” will be released in cities that are part of Emerging Pictures’ consortium of digital projection-equipped theatres, Emerging Cinemas, including Ft. Lauderdale and Lake Worth, Florida; Scranton, Pennsylvania and Wilmington, Delaware, among others. [Brian Brooks]

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