By Peter Knegt | Indiewire March 8, 2009 at 12:37PM
Wolfe Releasing has announced the acquisition of Nick Oceano's "Pedro," the biopic of "Real World" star Pedro Zamora written by Academy Award winner Dustin Lance Black.
The film follows the life of Pedro Zamora; a young man who when he found out he was HIV positive at 17, dedicating the rest of his life to speaking out about his condition in an attempt to raise awareness about the disease in his community. His appearance on MTV's San Francisco edition of "The Real World" brought his story and his message to the world; and when Zamora's health began to deteriorate in late 1994 (after he left the show), it became front page news nationwide.
"Pedro" is produced by Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland ("Quinceanera"), and stars Alex Loynaz as Pedro, Justina Machado as Pedro's sister Mily, and Hale Appleman as Pedro's roommate from "The Real World," Judd. The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival last September. Distribution of the film is to be divided up with Wolfe handling DVD release and MTV with broadcast rights .
The DVD and VOD release will be in June, 2009. The worldwide TV premiere will be on MTV on April 1, 2009.
Wolfe's President Maria Lynn had been tracking the film since Toronto. "We are excited to be a part of such an amazing story and to have the opportunity of embracing the talented filmmakers and Oscar winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black into our family," Lynn said in a statement.