First Run Features will release the documentary “Prodigal Sons” in late February 2010 in New York followed by a nationwide rollout through March, the company unveiled. Directed and produced by Kimberly Reed, “Prodigal Sons” follows Kimberly, a transgender woman, as she travels to her high school reunion in Montana where she hopes for reconciliation with her long-estranged adopted brother and uncovers stunning revelations, including his blood relationship with Orson Welles and Rita Hayworth, and intense sibling rivalries.
The film previously received the FIPRESCI prize at the the Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival, Special Jury Prizes for Fearless Filmmaking (at the Florida Film Festival) and Bravery in Storytelling (at the Nashville Film Festival), and Best Documentary Jury Prizes at NewFest, New York’s Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, and Copenhagen’s LGBT Film Festival.
“After seeing ‘Prodigal Sons’ connect with audiences so powerfully on the festival circuit, we became interested in helping Kim get her incredible story out to the masses,” commented First Run Vice President Marc Mauceri in a statmenent. “At first glance, the film appears to be an intimate and subjective story, but it quickly evolves into a universal tale of sibling rivalry and the strength of family ties.”