Confronting and conflating provocative topics such as sexuality, religion and privacy, “Naz & Maalik” is still riding high after its buzzy premiere at SXSW earlier this year.
Wolfe Releasing has acquired U.S. and Canadian distribution rights to the film, which is directed by Jack Dockendorf and stars newcomers Curtiss Cooke Jr. and Kerwin Johnson Jr. The deal includes theatrical and DVD release rights.
“Naz & Maalik” examines how two closeted Muslim teens have their Friday afternoon ruined by FBI surveillance when their small-time scheming sets an agent on their trail. Set over the course of a single day in Bed-Stuy, the film explores the mysterious forces that animate teenage minds.
Jim Stephens, President of Wolfe Releasing, said, “When we saw the film at its premiere, we were inspired by its unique subject matter, authentic performances and relevance for today’s audiences. This is a powerful story we have not seen on the screen before.”
“We are thrilled to bring ‘Naz & Maalik’ to a wide audience and particularly honored to do so with Wolfe, a company devoted to queer narratives and filmmaking that challenges the status quo,” added Margaret Katcher, a producer on the film.
Wolfe is planning to release the film in early 2016. Upcoming festival screenings include Outfest in Los Angeles and Frameline in San Francisco.