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by Chris Pomorski
November 13, 2012 4:05 PM
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Wolfe Acquires Biopic 'A Portrait of James Dean: Joshua Tree, 1951'

James Preston as James Dean

Wolfe Releasing has acquired American and Canadian rights to Matthew Mishory's "A Portrait of James Dean: Joshua Tree, 1951."

The film, which stars James Preston in the title role, offers an intimate look at Dean as an up-and-comer in Los Angeles just before widespread recognition of his status as a major talent -- and, ultimately, an icon. "Joshua Tree" has screened at the Seattle International Film Festival, the Rio International Film Festival, the Frameline Festival and elsewhere.

Wolfe will release "Joshua Tree" in 2013 on VOD and DVD. Wolfe president Maria Lynn collaborated with representatives from The Film Collaborative and Iconoclastic Features to broker the deal.  


  • tom | November 14, 2012 11:27 AMReply

    jay-sus, always a heated debate on the hipsterwire

  • brenda | November 14, 2012 1:14 PM

    Busted again!

  • Brenda | November 14, 2012 2:40 AMReply

    It's so easy to spot the fake comments... Matthew Mishory strikes again!

  • TammEye | November 13, 2012 7:30 PMReply

    Definitely enjoyed the film. But after fives year in the business, I had never even heard of Wolfe Releasing before they got Gayby and now this one. Hmmm.

  • Lucille Wallace | November 13, 2012 7:12 PMReply

    Oh, no, the film is very watchable. It does not aspire to greatness; the frankness about Dean's sexuality may offend some; but the actors--especially James Preston as Dean--are fine. They just need a teensy bit stronger script..."Beauty is in the eye of the beholder"--that's a true axiom.

  • a.rosenfeld | November 13, 2012 6:45 PMReply

    Yeah, what's with all the pick-ups by Wolfe this year? That's seven by my count. Must be doing okay in a market in which everyone else is going under.

  • BrooklynPete | November 13, 2012 6:41 PMReply

    Liked this one a lot. Had a Bela Tarr feel -- strange and different in every way. Wolf must be moving toward more arthouse fare.

  • anonymous | November 13, 2012 7:42 PM

    Wolfe started making a migration with Circumstance and TomBoy. Really they've just outlasted the competition. ArtHouse and GLBT are tough.

  • JimmyDeanxx | November 13, 2012 6:33 PMReply

    this movie is unwatchable. such potential to be something important. alas.