Tribeca nabs ‘Shut Up’

Documentary to be released in August

Distributor Tribeca Film has picked up U.S. rights to “Shut up Little Man! An Audio Misadventure,” for release in theaters and on VOD later this summer.

Documentary, written and helmed by Matthew Bate, centers on two San Francisco roommates in the late 1980s, one gay and one straight, whose high-volume arguments were tape recorded by their neighbors and circulated around to inspire a cult following.

Film, produced by Bate and Closer Prods.’ Sophie Hyde, preemed as part of the world cinema doc competish at Sundance this year and also played New Directors/New Films in Gotham. Stephen Cleary and Julie Ryan exec produce with co-producers Julie Byrne and Bryan Mason.

Distribution deal was negotiated by Tribeca’s Nick Savva with Josh Braun and David Koh of Submarine Entertainment and the Film Collaborative’s Orly Ravid.

Tribeca Film, the distributor owned by the same umbrella company that also runs the Tribeca Film Festival, releases films on platforms including VOD, theatrical, DVD, pay-TV and digital. Along with VOD and theatrical rights to “Shut Up,” Tribeca Film also took digital, DVD and fest rights.

“Shut Up” will released on VOD Aug. 25, hitting theaters the same day before expanding Sept. 9.

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