Sundance Selects has acquired North American Rights to David Thorpe’s debut “Do I Sound Gay?” ahead of its US premiere at DOC NYC on November 13. This documentary set at the intertwines of speech and sexual identity premiered to applause at Toronto this year, with THR calling it a “light-hearted but not at all frivolous non-fiction film.”
Here’s the synopsis:
Thorpe’s film centers around the complex issue of the “gay voice,” namely, how is an individual’s speech tied to sexuality, culture and community – and can it be changed at will? Why are some gay-sounding celebrities beloved while gay-sounding kids are bullied and harassed in school? Thorpe engages with linguists, speech therapists, a film historian and a host of outspoken celebrities from the LGBT community to tackle questions of perception, belonging and identity in this humorous and thought-provoking film.
Talking heads from the LGBT community include Margaret Cho, Tim Gunn, Dan Savage, David Sedaris, and George Takei, as well as Thorpe himself. The film was produced by Howard Gertler (“How to Survive a Plague”), Jenny Raskin (“Our Nixon”) and Thorpe, and executive produced by Dan Cogan (“Crash Reel”).
The film will be released theatrically in early summer 2015. Kickstarter trailer below.