Roadside Attractions Plans "Tying the Knot" in October
by Brian Brooks
North American rights to Jim de Seve's documentary "Tying the Knot" have been acquired by Roadside Attractions, the company announced yesterday. The film, which premiered at the recent Tribeca Film Festival, chronicles the current effort by gay and lesbians to receive the same 1,138 federal rights granted through legalized marriage. "Tying the Knot" uses historical background as well as footage of legislative and court debates on the emotionally charged subject, as well as personal stories of people struggling for the right to marry.
Howard Cohen, co-president of Roadside Attractions, negotiated the deal with Ben Feldman and Sue Bodine of Epstein, Levinsohn, Bodine, Hurwitz & Weinstein. The film was produced by 1,049 Films.
"Gay marriage is the most important civil rights issue of our time and has become a hot-button topic in this election year," said Roadside Attractions co-presidents Eric d'Arbeloff and Howard Cohen in a statement. "'Tying the Knot' goes to the heart of the matter by portraying two long-time gay couples whose lives have literally been destroyed by their inability to marry legally. This film packs an incredible emotional wallop and no viewer, straight or gay, will be unmoved. We think this film will be a rallying point for those who support gay marriage, and it will change the minds of those who would support amending the constitution to deny other people's civil rights." Roadside Attractions plans an October release, prior to the 2004 presidential election.
"Out of the several offers we received, I felt Eric and Howard understood the issue and were the right people to bring 'Tying the Knot' to the world," commented de Seve in a statement. "I am really excited about working with them and the whole Roadside team."
"Tying the Knot" is the fourth acquisition for Roadside Attractions. Other titles include the current hit documentary "Super Size Me" by Morgan Spurlock as well as Eytan Fox's political thriller "Walk on Water" (both with Samuel Goldwyn Films), and Gabriele Muccino's "Remember Me, My Love."