TLA Releasing has acquired rights to Damion Dietz‘s comedy, “Beverly Kills,” the company announced Monday. The film caught the attention of TLA reps during the recent Philadelphia International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival (which TLA is a primary sponsor) and the deal, brokered through New Media Entertainment, gives theatrical, home entertainment and broadcast rights for both North America and the United Kingdom to the company. The label plans to begin a limited theatrical release of the film in mid-2006.
Dietz’s third feature effort, “Beverly Kills,” began making festival rounds early this year, debuting as a work in progress on opening night at the Los Angeles Dances With Films Festival. Starring an aging drag queen hell-bent on revenge after being refused a part in a community theater production of a gay nude musical aptly titled, “Balls Out.” The film went on to win the best men’s feature award at the Fort Worth Gay and Lesbian Film Festival.
“He is a talent to be reckoned with,” said Rich Wolff, director of acquisitions for TLA, in a statement. “We have been a fan of his ever since we saw his first film, ‘Fag Hag‘ on the festival circuit. He has a rich, if probably a bit unconventional, career ahead of him, and we wanted to be a part of that early on.”
“[TLA Releasing] really take chances on unique and provocative films and they’re very successful with them as well. They not only understand the artist and art [itself], they are also savvy business people,” Dietz added.