Wolfe Video, the US videodistributor specializing in gay and lesbian product, is to enter the theatricalmarket in early 2004 with Italian drama A Little More Than A Year Ago (Poco Piu Di Un Anno Fa) directed by Marco Filiberti. Film consultant OrlyRavid will head up Wolfe's initial theatrical distribution efforts.

The company has alsoacquired all US rights to Brad Fraser's Leaving Metropolis, a comedy about an artist who hunts for his muse bymasquerading as a waiter. He finds his muse in a married man, and the twoembark on a passionate affair.

Both films will play inOUTFEST, the Los Angeles gay and lesbian film festival which kicks off onThursday.

Wolfe president Maria Lynn andRavid negotiated the deal for A Little More Than A Year Ago with sales agent Adriana Chiesa of Adriana ChiesaEnterprises at Cannes this year. The film, which has its US premiere atOUTFEST, stars Filiberti as a gay porn star who reconnects with his estrangedbrother at their father's funeral.

Lynn negotiated the deal forLeaving Metropolis with JoanneSenecal of Filmtonic also at Cannes. Directed by Brad Fraser, the writer ofDenys Arcand's Love And Human Remains, the film stars Troy Ruptash and Vince Corazza.

Before joining Wolfe as adistribution and acquisitions consultant in 2002, Ravid managed thedistribution of controversial French thriller Baise-Moi. He and Lynn are currently looking to close moreall-rights deals on films which played at Cannes, the San FranciscoInternational Lesbian & Gay Film Festival and OUTFEST.

Wolfe'svideo track record includes high-profile lesbian and gay-themed films such as BigEden, Speedway Junky, Lilies, Chutney Popcorn and Salmonberries.