Wolfe Releasing has acquired worldwide rights to writer-director Stephen Cone’s “Henry Gamble’s Birthday Party,” starring Cole Doman, Pat Healy, Elizabeth Laidlaw, Nina Ganet, Francis Guinan and Kelly O’Sullivan.
The film is set over 24 hours at a pool party in which the 17-year-old son of an evangelical preacher comes to terms with his own spiritual doubts and his adolescent sexuality. The deal was negotiated by Jim Stephens, President of Wolfe Releasing, and filmmaker Stephen Cone.
“Nurturing the careers of talented filmmakers like Stephen Cone is one of our proudest achievements here at Wolfe Releasing,” said Wolfe president Jim Stephens. “Having distributed his acclaimed debut feature, ‘The Wise Kids,’ in 2011, it is an enormous pleasure to bring Stephen’s latest brilliant ensemble drama to a global audience. ‘Henry Gamble’s Birthday Party’ is an exquisite coming-of-age movie with a world-class cast — newcomer Cole Doman’s performance as Henry is positively revelatory.”
The film has had much success at various regional festivals, including the Sidewalk Film Festival, where it won the SHOUT Jury and Audience Narrative awards, the 2015 Maryland Film Festival and BAMCinemaFest in New York City. Wolfe Releasing is planing a release via DVD, VOD and other digital platforms for early 2016.