Sundance Channel Adds "Die Mommie Die" to Theatrical Film Series

by James Israel

Jason Priestly as Tony Parker and Natasha Lyonne as Edith Sussman in "Die Mommie Die." Courtesy: Sundance Channel

The Sundance Channel has added a third film to its new theatrical film series. Mark Rucker's feature, "Die Mommie Die," which premiered in the dramatic competition at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival, will have a 10-city release this fall. The film, described by the channel as "an ode to the Ross Hunter-style big screen soaps of the '60s," stars theater veteran Charles Busch as Angela Arden, a fallen pop diva who is having an affair with a tennis pro/gigolo/failed actor, played by Jason Priestley.

"Charles Busch and Mark Rucker have achieved a stylish and hilarious adventure made with a clear and creative vision," said Sundance Channel SVP of film programming Paola Freccero in a prepared statement. "It is this combination of qualities that makes the film a perfect fit for the Sundance Film Series and we are excited to bring it to audiences nationwide." Other films announced for the Sundance Film Series are Mark Decena's Sundance 2003 competition entry "Dopamine" and Michael Winterbottom's Berlinale 2003 winner "In This World."