Wolfe Gets “Brother to Brother,” Rodney Evans’ Film About Black Gay Life
by Eugene Hernandez
Wolfe has acquired Rodney Evans‘ “Brother to Brother,” winner of a special jury award at Sundance this year, for theatrical distribution. The company acquired all North American rights to the picture and will release it in October, followed by a video distribution next summer.
In “Brother to Brother,” a story of gay African-American lives; a student writer finds inspiration in the life and work of a poet from the Harlem Renaissance. Anthony Mackie, Roger Robinson, Duane Boute, Larry Gilliard Jr., and Aunjanue Ellis star in a film that offers vivid depictions of contemporary and classic Harlem periods, set within the rich environment of the neighborhood’s artistic and literary history.
To connect film viewers with the work of the authors depicted in the movie, Wolfe announced that it will partner with university departments and literary & community organizations to present public readings.
“Brother to Brother” was produced by filmmaker Evans and Aimee Schoof & Isen Robbins of Intrinsic Value Films, with Jim McKay of C-Hundred Films. The film was made in association with the Independent Television Service and the National Black Programming Consortium. The film won the Gordon Parks Award for Screenwriting, the best fiction feature prize at the Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival and the Showtime Vanguard Award at NewFest in New York.
Upcoming fest screenings include San Francisco’s Frameline, a centerpiece slot at Outfest in Los Angeles, and a showing at the American Black Film Festival in Miami.
Maria Lynn, Wolfe’s president acquired the movie with theatrical distribution consultant Orly Ravid. Steven Raphael of Required Viewing Productions repped the movie and Amy Nickin and Ira Schreck of Schreck, Rose and Dapello served as legal counsel.
Wolfe is currently releasing “Adored: Diary of a Male Porn Star” and later this summer will open “Goldfish Memory.” Recent Wolfe acquisitions include “Love in Thoughts,” and Cesc Gay‘s “In The City.”