Publicist and Festival Programmer Lewis Tice Dies at 44

Lewis Tice

Lewis Tice, a longtime champion of LGBT cinema who worked as a publicist, producer, film critic and film festival programmer, died Tuesday at 44.

Tice had exec producer credits on “Blood for Irina” and “Bear City” and he also helped launch “Latter Days,” “Another Gay Movie” and “Mysterious Skin” for TLA Releasing.

Throughout his career, Tice worked at Sundance, the Chicago International Film Festival, Frameline and over 20 other fests.

TLA Entertainment Group CEO Derek Curl told Indiewire,”Lewis has been my closest colleague for over 10 years. He was there for most of my firsts in the film business, protecting me from the sharks and introducing me to the people he knew…which was everyone. It is a devastating loss to me personally, to LGBT cinema and to all the filmmakers that relied on his kind soul and glorious laugh to get them through. This most sweet and talented man will be missed by all who had the good fortune to know and work with him.”

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  1. Andy Best says:

    All of us at the Out Takes Queer Film Festival here in New Zealand are shocked and deeply saddened to hear of Lewis passing. We have built up a fantastic film festival relationship with Lewis over the years. He was a generous and outgoing man whom we found invaluable to our festival. Our deepest sympathy to all of Lewis’s close friends and colleagues from all of us in the queer community here in New Zealand

  2. We are extremely sad to hear of our dear friend Lewis Tice passing away. He has been an invaluable support to KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival by helping with a selection of films from TLA Releasing in our earlier editions. Our deep condolences at the passing away of a wonderful person and a true lover of cinema.
    RIP Lewis Tice.
    Sridhar Rangayan and Kashish Miqff team

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