NEW YORK — IFC Films has acquired North American rights in all media to writer-director Richard Day’s cross-dressing comedy-melodrama “Girls Will Be Girls,” which scored big audience response at both Sundance and the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival.
Produced by Michael Warwick and Richard Ahren and exec produced by co-star Jack Plotnick, pic reps the feature debut of stage and television vet Day, who has written for and produced “The Larry Sanders Show,” “Mad About You” and “Ellen.” Off Broadway, he directed his play “Straight-Jacket,” which he starts shooting in May as his second feature.
The comedy centers on three female roommates — played by Plotnick, Clinton Leupp and Jeffery Roberson — and their collective and personal tribulations on and off the Hollywood treadmill. The three male thesps shared the actress award for their drag turns this year at the Comedy Arts fest in Aspen.
” ‘Girls Will Be Girls’ is one of the funniest, most outrageous movies of 2003,” IFC Entertainment prexy Jonathan Sehring said. “Shock and awe might be the two most appropriate words to describe the reaction during the midnight screening at Sundance, and IFC is confident about the response it will receive when released nationwide.”
“I’m very excited to be at IFC because they did such an amazing job with ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding,’ ” Day said. “And while there’s no Greek wedding in our film, I am big and fat.”
IFC’s director of acquisitions Sarah Lash brokered the deal, with Cinetic Media representing the filmmakers.
Upcoming IFC releases include Todd Graff’s “Camp” and John Sayles’ “Casa de los Babys”; the distrib has Richard LaGravenese and Ted Demme’s feature doc “A Decade Under the Influence” and Jordan Melamed’s “Manic” in theaters.