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Holedigger Films Announces Deal with Strand for "Gaul" North American Theatrical Release

Holedigger Films Announces Deal with Strand for "Gaul" North American Theatrical Release

by Brian Brooks



Producer George VanBuskirk (left) and The Dying Gaul director Craig Lucas sharing a light moment following the screening of the film Monday night at Outfest in Los Angeles. Strand Releasing will roll out the film in North America this fall. Photo by Brian Brooks/indieWIRE.


New York-based independent film production-company Holedigger Films announced a consortium of companies will be involved with the release of Craig Lucas' Sundance 2005 feature, "The Dying Gaul," the group said Wednesday. Strand Releasing will open the film in theaters in North America this autumn, while Sony Pictures Home Entertainment signed on to handle the title's DVD/video release.

Holedigger also brought Palisades Pictures into the deal to "enhance the P&A spend for the competitive fall season," while veteran film executive Steven Raphael's Required Viewing will serve as marketing consultants for the film. New Films International, meanwhile, will handle sales of the film outside North America.

Starring Patricia Clarkson, Peter Sarsgaard, and Campbell Scott, the film is adapted from Lucas' successful play of the same title. "The Dying Gaul" is described in a release as "set inside the rarefied world of the Hollywood elite. A fledgling screenwriter is offered a million dollars for a script -- the personal story of his lover who died of AIDS. There is only one catch to securing the deal and taking that first step to success: he must change the film's male character into a woman." The film is a psychological thriller complete with intrigue, betrayal, and revenge. "Gaul" closed annual Outfest Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Film Festival Monday night in downtown L.A., where producer George VanBuskirk told indieWIRE he hoped the film will open theatrically in late October.

"This is really exciting," said VanBuskirk, co-owner in Holedigger with his partner David Newman in a statement. "We have assembled an all-star cast both in the film and in the team that is releasing this film. Strand, Sony, New Films, and Palisades along with consultant Steven Raphael are all the best at what they do and should help to make this release a special and successful one."

"'The Dying Gaul' really shows how multi-talented Craig Lucas is and we're thrilled to be part of this team," said Strand Releasing co-presidents Marcus Hu and Jon Gerrans in a release. Raphael also added in the statement, "I only work on films that really speak to me. Craig Lucas is one of the most original and thrilling directors to be working in Theater and Film today. 'The Dying Gaul' is a film of rare integrity."

David Newman and George VanBuskirk founded Holedigger Films in 2000. Their films include the award winning "Roger Dodger" by Dylan Kidd and Alan Rudolph's "The Secret Lives of Dentists." Recently they released their film "Off the Map" by Campbell Scott under their Holedigger Studios banner. The company is currently in preparations for Craig Lucas' next film, "Small Tagedies," which will begin shooting in January.

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