Regent and Here Media Acquire Rights to `The Art of Being Straight`
Posted: 04/28/2009 - 13:43
• Film Set for Day-and-Date premiere with here! Networks
April 28, 2009 -- Regent Releasing and Here Media announced today that they have acquired North American distribution rights to the comedy "The Art of Being Straight." Regent/Here acquired the film from Great Graffiti Films and will distribute the film in select cities day and date with here! Networks on June 5, 2009.
"The Art of Being Straight" from first-time writer/director Jesse Rosen has become a gay film festival favorite in recent months and recently claimed the Audience Award at the 2009 Dublin GLBT Film Festival. The film was produced in conjunction with Malvern Productions by Laurence Ducceschi, Amy Wasserman and Ursula Camack.
"We are honored to bring Jesse Rosen's accomplished debut feature to US audiences," said Mark Reinhart, General Manager and Executive Vice President Distribution and Acquisitions for Regent/Here Media. "'The Art of Being Straight' falls squarely into our company's mission to showcase and support emerging talent.
"The Art of Being Straight" explores the too often strict boundaries of being gay or straight from the perspective of today's younger generation. Jon (Jesse Rosen), a twenty-something who after a break-up with his girlfriend, moves to L.A. for a fresh start. Crashing on his buddy's (Jared Grey) couch, Jon regresses to the comforting college student lifestyle of partying, womanizing and sexist trash talk. Reconnecting with his old fling Maddy (Rachel Castillo) proves to be surprising when she introduces him to her girlfriend. Things get a little confusing when Jon's boss, Paul (Johnny Ray Rodriguez), takes a special interest in him. Meanwhile, Maddy's own confusion grows as she begins to fall for her neighbor, Aaron (Peter Scherer). The film features cameos from mumble-core filmmaker Joe Swanberg (Alexander the Last), and actors Greta Gerwig (Baghead) and Kent Osborne (Hannah Takes the Stairs).
"I made this film because there wasn't a movie that I could relate to in terms of my own experiences and the experiences of many others in my generation," said the director Jesse Rosen. "Discovering your sexuality is not supposed to be about trying to decide into which box to fit despite what we tend to learn." Rosen added, "I am enormously grateful that a company such as Regent will distribute the film in North America."
The acquisition of "The Art of Being Straight" was negotiated by Mark Reinhart for Regent and Laurence Ducceschi at Great Graffiti Films.
For more information about the film, please visit http://www.theartofbeingstraight.com or http://www.regentreleasing.com.
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