DENVER--(BUSINESS WIRE)--An insightful new feature-length documentary celebrating the life and work of the late actor Heath Ledger brings a new understanding of the man behind his public image. Ledger was one of the most gifted Hollywood talents in a generation, who appeared in a string of seminal films including the culturally defining “Brokeback Mountain,” and in “The Dark Knight,” for which he won a posthumous Academy Award®. However, Ledger was so much more than the characters he depicted on screen, and audiences will come to know that side of him as well during a special cinema event.
Presented by Fathom Events in partnership with Network Entertainment and co-produced by Spike TV, the feature-length version of “I Am Heath Ledger” will play in U.S. movie theaters for one night on Wednesday, May 3, 2017, at 7:30 p.m. local time. This special cinema presentation will include an additional segment exclusive to movie theater audiences, featuring never-before-seen footage of interviews with Heath's family and friends, sharing their personal stories about and memories of the legendary actor and artist.
Following its cinema debut, Spike TV will show an edited version of the documentary on May 17.
Tickets for “I Am Heath Ledger” are available online at www.FathomEvents.com or at participating theater box offices. Fans throughout the U.S. will be able to enjoy the event in 300 select movie theaters through Fathom’s Digital Broadcast Network (DBN). For a complete list of theater locations visit the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).
Heath Ledger was a versatile artist whose talents spanned a broad array of mediums, including a love for photography, music and directing. He often rejected the trappings of Hollywood, instead creating an environment for himself which fostered his own passions and those of his friends and family. “I Am Heath Ledger” illustrates Ledger’s artistic output through both clips of his iconic film performances, as well as through the images he captured as a photographer and videographer. Extravagant in gesture and in action, it was this energy and unshakable willingness to take risks that instilled such a deep love and affection in those people closest to him.
“It’s truly an honor to partner with Network Entertainment for this fascinating and inspiring feature, documenting the too-short life of Heath Ledger, one of this generation’s greatest talents,” Fathom Events CEO John Rubey said. “We are thrilled to help bring this event to big screens nationwide.”
“We are excited that audiences will get to experience ‘I Am Heath Ledger’ on the big screen,” said Network Entertainment’s Derik Murray, the film’s producer and co-director with Adrian Buitenhuis. “The beauty of Heath’s work and the never-before-seen footage that Heath filmed himself throughout his life will make for a magical theatrical experience.”
For artwork/photos related to “I Am Heath Ledger,” visit the Fathom Events press site.
About Fathom Events
Fathom Events is recognized as the leading domestic distributor of event cinema with participating affiliate theaters in all 100 of the top Designated Market Areas®, and ranks as one of the largest overall distributors of content to movie theaters. Owned by AMC Entertainment Inc. (NYSE: AMC), Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CNK) and Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC) (known collectively as AC JV, LLC), Fathom Events offers a variety of one-of-a-kind entertainment events such as live, high-definition performances of the Metropolitan Opera, dance and theatre productions like the Bolshoi Ballet and National Theatre Live, sporting events like Copa America Centenario, concerts with artists like Michael Bublé, Rush and Mötley Crüe, the yearlong TCM Big Screen Classics film series and inspirational events such as To Joey With Love and Kirk Cameron’s Revive US. Fathom Events takes audiences behind the scenes and offers unique extras including audience Q&As, backstage footage and interviews with cast and crew, creating the ultimate VIP experience. Fathom Events’ live digital broadcast network (“DBN”) is the largest cinema broadcast network in North America, bringing live and pre-recorded events to 896 locations and 1,383 screens in 181 DMAs. For more information, visit www.FathomEvents.com.
About Network Entertainment
Network Entertainment Inc., founded and headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, is an established television and film production company with an international reputation for producing superior quality work. The principal business of the company is the development, financing, production, marketing and distribution of documentaries and docu-series.
Recent Network projects include: I Am Bruce Lee, I Am Chris Farley, I Am Steve McQueen, I Am Evel Knievel, Johnny Cash - American Rebel, The Cowboy, I Am JFK Jr, and a seven-part series for National Geographic, called Facing.
The company works with broadcasters throughout North America including ABC, AHC, Discovery, ESPN, ESPN Classic, CBC, CMT, CTV, History Channel, National Geographic, Spike and TSN. The company’s work has been recognized by the Academy Awards, the Los Angeles Film Festival, Washington D.C. Silver Docs, Seattle International Film Festival, Hawaii International Film Festival, Houston International Film Festival, The Gemini’s, Vancouver International Film Festival, Banff Television Festival, and the International Film and Television Festival of New York. www.NetworkEntertainment.com