As Alex Gibney’s bombshell “Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief,” the documentary exposé of the Church of Scientology that dragged him through the gauntlet to get made, expands abroad, it’s also returning to US theaters in time for an awards season bid.
HBO is re-releasing “Going Clear,” which premiered at Sundance and debuted in theaters and on the network this Spring, on September 25 in California, DC and Chicago, as well as at New York’s IFC Center, in Texas and across the country. This should put the controversial film—a profile of eight former members of the Church—back in viewers’ minds as we head into the Oscar race. Can this salacious film pick up Academy heat in Hollywood?
Gibney’s stalwart distributor Magnolia Pictures will also open his film “Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine” on September 4, a month before Danny Boyle’s biopic opens on October 9, which means that Gibney will have two docs in contention this Fall. HBO is also reopening “Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck” in theaters later this Summer.