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August 11, 2009
Wolfe Acquires Four Film Fest Titles

Hollywood je t’aime

Wolfe Releasing keeps the gay/lesbian film pipeline going with four new acquisitions that sound a bit like gay versions of existing films.

Mr. Right is directed by Jacqui and David Morris and sounds like a gay, British “Sex & the City” (I think that’s the second time I’ve described something that way this week) with four couples: a soap star and an ex-rugby player; a reality TV producer and a struggling actor; a studly model and a sugar daddy artist’ and a girl whose boyfriend seems all-too-comfortable around his gay friends. Stereotypey much? Maybe, but I’m guessing many will read “rugby player” and sign on anyway.

Hollywood je t’aime is directed by Jason Bushman and is about a young gay Parisian who impulsively books a trip to Los Angeles (sounds a bit like a gay version of Kate Winslet/Cameron Diaz in The Holiday). The film was a Dramatic Competition film at the Los Angeles Film Festival and was acquired after it screened at Outfest.

And Then Came Lola is a lesbian romp directed by Ellen Seidler and Megan Siler. It’s inspired by Run Lola, Run: A talented, busy photographer could lose it all — her job, her girlfriend — if she doesn’t make a meeting; she has three chances.

Boy, directed by award winning Auraeus Solito, sounds like the most original of the bunch: A teenage sells his comic book collection to be with a rent boy he falls for. It was recently banned by Singapore censors for “romanticizing” gay sex, and is part of what is called the “Filipino macho dancer” genre. The film sold out festival screenings in San Francisco, Philadelphia and Los Angeles.

Wolfe Video will eventually release the films on DVD simultaneously with VOD.

By: Billy Gil

August 11, 2009
IFC Films Continue to Screen On Demand This Summer

Five Minutes of Heaven

Independent film fans: Are you sad the recession has left you without the means to travel to your favorite film festival? IFC continues to make it easy to hold film-festival screenings in your living room, provided you subscribe to a major cable provider. Providers such as BrightHouse, Cablevision, Charter, Comcast, Cox, Insight and Time Warner are among the participants, with Comcast and Cablevision showing films in high-definition.

The IFC in Theaters VOD platform offers critically acclaimed independent movies on demand at the same time they premiere theatrically. Movies this month include Five Minutes of Heaven, from Sundance (starts Aug. 19 on demand, in theaters Aug. 21), starring Liam Neeson in a thriller about a reformed killer in Northern Ireland who meets the father of his victim on a TV show (watch the trailer here: http://www.ifcfilms.com/videos/five-minutes-of-heaven-trailer); and Still Walking, from the Toronto Film Festival (starts Aug. 26 on demand, in theaters Aug. 28), a family drama from director Kore-Eda Hirokazu (After Life, Nobody Knows) (trailer: http://movies.nytimes.com/movie/453472/Still-Walking/trailers).
IFC Festival Direct is an electronic film festival, meaning that on-demand viewers get to see up to six films that have recently premiered at major film festivals. New films this month include Someone Else (now playing), a British romantic comedy from the Edinburgh Film Festival about a man torn between his safe girlfriend and a crazy, sexy crush (see the trailer here: http://www.ifcfilms.com/videos/someone-else-2); The Undeserved (starts Aug. 12), a psychological drama from the Mill Valley Film Festival about a quaint New England college town loaded with secrets; Cass (starts Aug. 5), a crime drama inspired by the true story of a boy who grows up to become a British crime boss (see the trailer here: http://www.ifcfilms.com/videos/cass-2); and Quiet Little Marriage (starts Aug. 19), from the AFI Film Festival and Slamdance, about the travails of young matrimony.
IFC Midnight collects new action, horror, sci-fi and genre independent films. New films include I Sell the Dead (starts Aug. 12), from Slamdance and the LAFF, about two bumbling grave robbers dealing with the undead, starring Dominic Monaghan, Ron Perlman and Larry Fessenden (see the trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=psfPNVTZjzc).
Here’s where the films are available:

·       BrightHouse: Movies on Demand > IFC In Theaters

·       Cablevision: Movies On Demand > Independent Films > IFC In Theaters or Festival Direct

·       Charter (IFC IN THEATERS ONLY): Movies On Demand > Channel 1 > Movies > IFC In Theaters

·       Comcast (IFC IN THEATERS): Channel 1 > Movies & Events > Same Day as Theaters

·       Comcast (IFC FESTIVAL DIRECT): Channel 1 > Movies & Events > IFC In Theaters or IFC Festival Direct

·       Cox: Channel 1 > Movies On Demand > IFC In Theaters

·       Insight (IFC IN THEATERS ONLY): Channel 1 > Movies On Demand > IFC In Theaters

·       Time Warner: Movies On Demand > IFC In Theaters

By: Billy Gil


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