The distributor plans a spring 2012 theatrical release for Bobbie Birleffi and Beverly Kopf’s award-winning film with VoD, video and television to follow.

Wish Me Away tells the story of country music star Chely Wright’s decision to come out of the closet. The documentary won the jury award at the Los Angeles Film Festival, the award for outstanding documentary feature at the San Francisco LGBT Film Festival and the audience award at the Nashville Film Festival.

“This redemptive and inspiring true story shows how one brave soul risks her career, family, fame and fortune, so that she can be true to herself,” First Run president Seymour Wishman said. “It is drama of the highest order. We’re proud to be working with Bobbie and Beverly to bring Chely’s story to audiences in North America.”

Andrew Herwitz of Film Sales Company negotiated the deal with First Run’s Marc Mauceri.

  • The Cinema Guild has taken US rights from Soda Pictures to Grant Gee’s Patience (After Sebald), an exploration of the work and influence of writer W G Sebald. The film will open in New York at Film Forum on May 9, 2012.

Factory 25 has acquired North American rights to The Other Side Of Sleep, Kids Of Today and Shit Year as part of its Factory Fortnight series of Cannes Directors’ Fortnight films