Fresh off of scoring a nomination for a Gotham Festival Genius Audience Award, John Gray's "White Irish Drinkers" has been acquired for North American distribution by Screen Media Films. In addition to the recent nomination, the film has already gone on to win the Audience Award at the 2010 Woodstock Film Festival, following its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival back in September. Screen Media plans to release the film theatrically next Spring.
"Drinkers," a gritty coming of age story set in the early autumn of 1975, follows two brothers trapped in blue collar Brooklyn under the watchful eye of their abusive father. When the two are approached to partake in a crime, the brothers see the opportunity as a means to escape their volatile Irish family household.
"It’s been a ten year journey for me getting to make this film," admitted Gray in a press statement. "It’s about the world I grew up in but it’s also about choices, about whether or not you can, or should, escape your environment. We’ve been overwhelmed by the audience response to the film on the festival circuit, so we’re really excited to have Screen Media now shepherding its theatrical release."
On the acquiring the picture, Robert Baruc, President of Screen Media Films added, "We are proud to be involved with 'White Irish Drinkers.' This is the kind of film we seek out; a film with a powerful story and strong performances, that resonate with an audience. This film is a gem."
The deal was negotiated by Josh Braun of Submarine Entertainment on behalf of the filmmakers with Baruc and Suzanne Blech of Screen Media.