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Tribeca Grabs ‘Shut Up Little Man!’9 Jun, 2011 By: Billy Gil
Tribeca Film has acquired select U.S. distribution rights to Shut Up Little Man! (which sounds awesome), including VOD, theatrical, digital, DVD and festival. The films comes to VOD and theaters Aug. 25.
The documentary, which premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, has a storied history: In 1987 two Midwest guys, Eddie Lee Sausage and Mitch Deprey, moved to the Lower Haight district of San Francisco where they could hear through their thin walls their middle-aged neighbors, homophobe Raymond Huffman and flamboyantly gay Peter Haskett. They began recording the late night skirmishes they overheard, which developed a cult following through tapes, CDs, comic artwork, plays and music.
“We are delighted to be releasing the film with Tribeca Film,” said director Matthew Bate. “It’s a great underground American story and we are particularly thrilled to see it in the hands of people who will love and nurture its life in cinemas and on the small screen.”
“Shut Up Little Man! is a darkly comic documentary examining the blurred boundaries between art and exploitation,” said Geoffrey Gilmore, chief creative officer of Tribeca Enterprises. “The film depicts how counter-cultural phenomena spread in the pre-digital age, and we are looking forward to sharing it with audiences.”