By Indiewire | Indiewire December 22, 2004 at 2:00AM
TLA Releasing Sings to "Dorian Blues" for September Release
by Brian Brooks
TLA Releasing has acquired U.S. theatrical and home entertainment distribution rights to writer/director Tennyson Bardwell's "Dorian Blues" the company announced recently. TLA acquired the film from Day Dreamer Films, and plans a September, 2005 cinema release, followed by a DVD/VHS roll out soon after. Richard A. Wolff, TLA partner and director of acquisitions negotiated the deal with attorney Steven C. Beer, of the New York offices of Greenberg Traurig, LLP on behalf of Day Dreamer Films.
The winner of many audience awards at gay film festivals around the country, the film also won the best first feature prize at Outfest in Los Angeles as well as the best screenplay award at Newfest in New York. The film follows the struggles of an awkward gay teen named Dorian, played by newcomer Michael McMillian, who suffers through a continuous series of "absurdities" while trying to find his niche, amidst a disapproving father, a resigned mother and a supportive jock brother. Bullying classmates, boozy guidance counselors, psychotic pick-ups, and a stripper hired for him by his brother who ends up teaching him ballroom dancing augment his uneasy state.
"'Dorian Blues' was a complete surprise to us when we saw it at Philadelphia [film festival]," commented Wolff in a statement. "The audience response said it all. Everyone was delighted with its mix of intelligence and charm, and we were very impressed that a first-time filmmaker could handle the subject matter with such depth and substance. We only wish more films could come out like this."
Recent TLA Releasing titles include C. Jay Cox's "Latter Days," and Eloy de la Iglesia's "Bulgarian Lovers." Upcoming films include Christoph Honore's "Ma Mere," and Hector Carre's "La Promesa."