Koch Lorber is half full with 'Glass'


NEW YORK -- Musician Philip Glass' modern classical scores have been featured in many films, but now the artist himself will hit the big screen.

Koch Lorber Films has acquired U.S. theatrical and home video rights to Scott Hicks' documentary "Glass: A Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts." The feature includes interviews with Martin Scorsese, Errol Morris, Chuck Close, and Christopher Hampton in its exploration of Glass' life and work.

"Glass" was shot in the 18 months leading up to the artist's 70th birthday last year. It premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September.

In addition to composing such operas as "Einstein on the Beach," Glass earned three Oscar nominations for scores to "Notes on a Scandal," "The Hours" and Scorsese's "Kundun."

Though Hicks is best known as the Oscar-nominated director of "Shine," he also helmed such TV docus as "Submarines: Sharks of Steel" and "The Great Wall of Iron."

"Glass" will premiere in April at New York's IFC Center to coincide with a revival of his opera "Satyagraha" at the Metropolitan Opera House. A national platform rollout and DVD release will follow.

The deal was negotiated by Koch Lorber president Richard Lorber with Film Sales Company president Andrew Herwitz, who negotiated on behalf of Mandalay Motion Pictures and Independent Media and is repping international rights on the film.