In an unprecedentedalignment of gay niche companies, Doug Witkins' Picture This! Entertainmentwill handle international sales on Funny Boy Films' Latter Days in association with Forbidden City International.
Beverly Hills-basedForbidden City co-produced writer-director C Jay Cox's film with Funny BoyFilms and acquired foreign rights prior to production. It will begin acting asthe film's foreign sales when the film screens at the upcoming Berlinale.
@;Watching Latter Days win one Audience Favorite Award after another hasbeen thrilling," Witkins said in a statement. "We are looking forward toplacing this title with our excellent coterie of art house film distributorsaround the globe."
"We're excited to havePicture This! as part of our international distribution team," Forbidden Citychief executive officer Michael Wool added.
"Doug brings with him agreat deal of experience working with gay and lesbian titles and we are surethat this expertise will add a great deal of value to our foreign sales efforts."
"We've seen the way thestudios play and there's no reason why we can't duplicate the kind of exposurethey're getting within our specific niche," Funny Boy Films' president andchief executive officer Kirkland Tibbels said.
TLA Releasing is handling domestictheatrical and home entertainment distribution of the film, which deals withthe trials and tribulations of a conflicted gay Mormon missionary. NewcomerSteve Sandvoss, and Wes Ramsey star.
Latter Days has picked up six audience awards since its July2003 debut, including the HBO OUTstanding First Narrative Feature at Outfest.
It is currently on limitedrelease and found itself at the centre of a controversy last week when MadstoneTheatres in Salt Lake City pulled the film.
The exhibitor put the reasondown to artistic considerations but TLA Releasing claims the move followedboycott threats from conservative religious groups in the area.