Tuesday, March 27, 2007

here! Films Acquires Rights to Sports Feature

Source: here! Films
Date: March 26, 2007

LOS ANGELES – here! Films, the theatrical distribution and worldwide sales division of here! Networks, America’s premium gay television network, is pleased to announce that it has acquired North American distribution rights to the Icelandic soccer dramedy,
Eleven Men Out
, a film by Robert Douglas. here! Films’ sister company, Regent Releasing, will handle the film’s theatrical release during Summer 2007.

here! Films is thrilled to be bringing this fun yet emotional import to audiences everywhere,” said Mark Reinhart, Executive Vice President, Acquisitions & Distribution, here! Networks. “This timely social satire illustrates the struggle gay men and women in professional sports and beyond face while trying to stay true to their identity, and we think our viewers will be charmed by this delightful film.”

Written by Jon Atli Jonasson and Douglas, Eleven Men Out centers on Ottar Thor, the star of KR, the Icelandic soccer team. After he surprisingly comes out of the closet to a reporter in front of his teammates, the controversy surrounding his coming out leads him on a journey to discovery and a journey off the KR team. He soon joins an amateur team made up of other gay men trying to play in a straight world. In the ultimate culmination of hard work and heartache, the KR team and the amateur squad wind up battling it out on the field during Gay Pride Day.

"I'm thrilled that my film is getting an American release and very happy that here! Films is handling it,” noted the film’s director, Robert Douglas.

Produced by Kisi ehf./Solar Films Oy/Film and Music Entertainment Ltd., Eleven Men Out stars Bjorn Hlynur Haraldsson, Helgi Bjornsson, Arnmundur Ernst, Lilja Nott Thorarinsdottir, and Sigurdur Skulason.

Daily Variety noted, “Robert I. Douglas’ breakout feature is a non-pandering crowd-pleaser whose character quirks and small stabs at poignancy feel refreshingly earned.” The film has already pleased festival audiences at the Toronto International Film Festival, the Berlin International Film Festival, and Outfest, the oldest and largest film festival in Los Angeles.

For a sampling of previous, current and upcoming provocative and innovative here! Films releases, visit the here! Video Player found at www.heretv.com/videoplayer.

About here! Films

here! Films is the theatrical distribution and worldwide sales division of here!, America’s premium gay television network, which was established in 2002 by Regent Entertainment co-founders Paul Colichman and Stephen P. Jarchow. here! Films’ North American theatrical distribution is handled by its sister company, Regent Releasing. here! Films is headed by Mark Reinhart, Executive Vice President of Distribution and Acquisitions. here! Films’ recent acquisitions include “Cut Sleeve Boys,” “Looking for Cheyenne” “Freshman Orientation,” and “Queens.” Recent here! Films theatrical releases include “Margaret Cho: Assassin,” “Guys and Balls,” “Callas Forever,” “Beautiful Boxer,” “Summer Storm,” “HellBent” and “April’s Shower,” among others.