Fox Searchlight has picked up Matthew Puccini’s Sundance short Lavender and will make the film available on its social media channels.
Lavender screened screened as part of the Shorts Program in Park City on Thursday and screens again on Friday, Saturday and the final Saturday on February 2. The story centres on a young gay man who develops a complicated relationship with an older married couple. Michael Urie, Michael Hsu Rosen, and Ken Barnett star.
Casey Bader, Tyler Rabinowitz and Corey Deckler served as producers on Lavender, which was supported by the Creative Culture program at the Jacob Burns Film Center. Executive producers are Jason Michael Berman, Sam Abbas and Natalé Olsen.
“We are always looking for fresh filmmaking talents, and the short film world led us to a talented director in Matthew Puccini,” said Fox Searchlight chairmen Nancy Utley and Stephen Gilula, who announced the acquisition with executive vice-president of global acquisitions and co-productions TCF Acquisitions Ray Strache.
“Matthew’s film Lavender is a work of great beauty and resonance, and showcases a personal voice from and about the LGBTQ community. We enthusiastically welcome him to the Searchlight family of filmmakers.”