Strand Releasing has acquired all North American rights to John G. Young's "Rivers Wash Over Me." The film - which won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Feature from Reeling, the Chicago LGBT film festival and the Best Acting Award from Outfest - follows a fifteen-year-old from Brooklyn who is sent to live with his aunt in rural Alabama only to encounter domestic turmoil as a result of his arrival. The film stars Darien Sills Evans, Derrick L. Middleton (who won a best actor award from Outfest), and Elizabeth Dennis.
Strand handled the home video rights for Young's "Parallel Sons," as well as all rights for his previous effort, the award-winning "The Reception."
"We're thrilled to have worked on all of Young's films and are proud to be part of this one as well," said Marcus Hu, Co-President of Strand Releasing, in a statement.
"After distributing my two previous films, I'm very excited and happy to have my third film 'Rivers Was Over Me' distributed by Strand. Both Jon and Marcus exemplify a commitment to true independent filmmaking. I couldn't ask for a better home for my movie," said Young in a statement.
The deal was negotiated between Strand Co-President, Jon Gerrans, and Young directly. The film will have a limited theatrical release beginning in late May/early June in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, and Atlanta.