First time filmmaker Chris Fuller's "Loren Cass" (2007) has been acquired by Kino International and will have its theatrical roll out July 24 at Cinema Village in New York, the company announced Tuesday. The film will expand to other major markets during the summer and fall of 2009, before a release on DVD at the end of the year. It is already available for download on both Amazon and iTunes, released in December via Cinetic Rights Management.
Set in 1997, the film centers on a group of teenagers living in St. Petersburg who struggle to make sense of their lives after the widespread urban rioting provoked by the brutal real-life killing of 18-year-old Tyron Lewis. Lewis, an African American, was gunned down by a white police officer. Following three central characters (Nicole, Jason and Cale) and some supporting ones, "Loren Cass" captures a wide spectrum of responses to teen angst and racial discrimination on the streets of St. Petersburg.
"Loren Cass" was nominated in 2007 for the Best Undistributed Film award at the IFP Gotham Awards.
NOTE: This article was modified slightly to clarify the details of the online release of the film.