When actress and activist Evan Rachel Wood was just 16 years old, she became famous as the star of the film Thirteen, for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe.
When she was 18, she caught the attention of 37-year-old Brian Warner, known to the world as Marilyn Manson. As the relationship evolved, Wood slowly realized she was in a relationship characterized by emotional, physical and sexual abuse.
Producer and director Amy Berg, the creative force behind HBO’s The Case Against Adnan Syed, tells Wood’s story in two-part documentary Phoenix Rising. Berg accompanies Wood into her past relationship with Warner and then follows Wood as she co-authors and successfully lobbies for passage of The Phoenix Act, legislation that extends the statute of limitations for domestic violence cases in California.
Phoenix Rising premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and will debut on HBO on Tuesday, March 15 and Wednesday, March 16 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Both episodes will be available to stream on HBO Max on Tuesday, March 15.
Concurrent with the documentary’s debut, HBO is partnering with non-profit organizations, including RAINN, to help empower, educate, and provide resources and action opportunities for all audiences.
Phoenix Rising is edited by Miranda Yousef and Veronica Pinkham with music composed by Aska Matsumiya, artwork by Nicoletta Ceccioli and Marc Bouwer, and animation by Angelique Georges. The documentary is produced by Grace Sin, Lesley Goldman and Katie Doering. Kristen Sherican is executive producer. Nancy Abraham and Lisa Heller executive produce for HBO, while Tina Nguyen is senior producer.