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Wolfe Video Acquires Gay “Romeo & Juliet” Out of Outfest

Wolfe Video Acquires Gay "Romeo & Juliet" Out of Outfest

Wolfe Video has acquired U.S. rights to Alan Brown’s gay spin on “Romeo and Juliet,” “Private Romeo,” out of this year’s Outfest in Los Angeles. The film will hit theaters this Fall in partnership with The Film Collaborative and debut on DVD/VOD next year.

Here’s what it’s about according to Wolfe Video:

When eight cadets are left behind at an isolated military high school, the greatest romantic drama ever written seeps out of the classroom and permeates their lives. Incorporating the original text of “Romeo and Juliet,” YouTube videos, and lip-synced indie rock music, “Private Romeo” takes viewers to a mysterious and tender place that only Shakespeare could have inspired.

Here’s the trailer:

Full press release:

WOLFE ACQUIRES U.S. RIGHTS TO PRIVATE ROMEO AT OUTFEST

SAN JOSE, CALIF. (July 13, 2011) — Wolfe Video has acquired the U.S. rights to the critically-acclaimed film Private Romeo at this year’s Outfest: The 29th Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. A gay spin on William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet set at a military high school, the latest film from writer/director Alan Brown (Book of Love) stars Seth Numrich (TV’s “Gravity,” Tony Award-winning show “War Horse”) and Matt Doyle (TV’s “Gossip Girl,” Tony Award-winning show “War Horse”). When eight cadets are left behind at an isolated military high school, the greatest romantic drama ever written seeps out of the classroom and permeates their lives. Incorporating the original text of Romeo and Juliet, YouTube videos, and lip-synced indie rock music, Private Romeo takes viewers to a mysterious and tender place that only Shakespeare could have inspired. The film will be released theatrically this Fall in partnership with The Film Collaborative and debut on DVD/VOD in 2012.

“Private Romeo is a very special film that brings the immortal Bard to a new audience through dynamic filmmaking,” said Wolfe President Maria Lynn. “In addition to addressing such topical subjects as bullying, it’s also a tender love story that appeals to audiences across many demographics.

“I couldn’t imagine a better distributor for Private Romeo. We’re all thrilled to be in such good hands,” said director Alan Brown.

Serving audiences since 1985, Wolfe is the largest exclusive distributor of gay and lesbian films. Current major Wolfe releases include the acclaimed gay drama, UNDERTOW (Peru’s submission for the 2010 Academy Awards) and the hard-hitting “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” drama, A MARINE STORY. Wolfe is also well known for releasing classics such as DESERT HEARTS, BIG EDEN and WERE THE WORLD MINE. Find more info online at http://www.wolfevideo.com

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