Eric Clapton: Life In 12 Bars In Select NY & LA Theaters From 11/24

Abramorama and Showtime Networks have announced they will release ERIC CLAPTON: LIFE IN 12 BARS, the Showtime Documentary Film from Oscar®-winner Lili Fini Zanuck, in select theaters in New York and Los Angeles from November 24, 2017.  SHOWTIME® is set to air the film with a broadcast premiere on February 10, 2018. Over the past few years, Abramorama has emerged as the go to distributor for music driven documentaries, collaborating multiple times with Green Day, Neil Young and Pearl Jam, and releasing films about The Beatles, Bert Berns, Clive Davis, Sean Combs and The Grateful Dead.  

Directed by Oscar-winner Lili Fini Zanuck (Rush, Driving Miss Daisy), with Passion Pictures’ John Battsek (One Day In September, Searching For Sugar Man) among the producers and edited by BAFTA winner Chris King (Amy, Senna, Exit Through The Gift Shop), ERIC CLAPTON: LIFE IN 12 BARS is an unflinching and deeply personal look into the life of legendary 18-time Grammy® winner Eric Clapton. 

Richard Abramowitz, President of Abramorama, said: “The breadth of Eric Clapton’s career – John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, The Yardbirds, Cream, Blind Faith, Derek and the Dominos – is impossible to be true and yet Lili Fini Zanuck’s brilliant film makes it clear that it is. We’re very proud to start the holiday season with this gift to lovers of great music.”

ERIC CLAPTON: LIFE IN 12 BARS gives audiences a rare insight into a deeply personal story encompassing the dizzying highs and extreme lows of Clapton’s private and public life, made even more intimate by Clapton’s voice-over narrative assembled from historic and newly recorded interviews along with similar contributions from his close collaborators, friends and family. Incorporating exclusive access to Clapton’s extensive personal archive, including his most famous performances, backstage footage, home movie footage, iconic and private photos, handwritten letters and personal diary entries, audiences will see the sheer raw talent and ambition that was blighted by personal tragedy, sacrifice and addiction.

A list of theaters / showtimes for the two cities is not yet available. There are no details at this time about additional film festival screenings, international cinema engagements or international  television broadcasts. 

About Showtime Networks
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Abramorama is the preeminent theatrical distributor of music films today and is recognized for the consistent high quality of its work on award winning feature films. An innovator in the focused, personalized form of film distribution, event cinema, and rights management, Abramorama provides invaluable alternatives to filmmakers and content owners. An industry leader in marketing, and promotion, Abramorama continues to trail-blaze exciting new pathways for filmmakers to find their audience. Over the course of more than 15 years, Abramorama has successfully distributed and marketed hundreds of films, including Ron Howard’s Grammy Award®-winning The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years; Danny Clinch and Pearl Jam’s Lets Play Two; Amir Bar-Lev’s Long Strange Trip – The Untold Story of the Grateful Dead; Corbett Redford and Green Day’s Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk, John Scheinfeld’s Chasing Trane –The John Coltrane Documentary; Scott Rosenbaum’s Sidemen – Long Road to Glory; Brett Bern’s BANG! The Bert Berns Story; Brett Morgen and National Geographic’s seminal Jane; Tomer Heymann’s Mr. Gaga; Dawn Porter’s Trapped; Charles Ferguson’s Time To Choose; Asif Kapadia’s Senna; Neil Young’s Greendale; Cameron Crowe’s Pearl Jam Twenty; Sacha Gervasi’s Anvil! The Story Of Anvil;  Banksy’s Academy Award® nominated Exit Through the Gift Shop; the surprise indie hit Awake: The Life of Yogananda; Laurie Anderson’s astonishing Heart of a Dog, Showtime’s Listen to Me Marlon and Draft House Releasing’s 2016 Documentary Academy Award®-nominee and IDA Best Documentary Winner The Look of Silence. Abramorama is a founding partner of The Seventh Art Stand program, an act of cinematic solidarity against Islamophobia, that ran in more than 50 theaters across the United States in May of 2017. For more information visit

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