‘Trick’ pic treated to release by Fine Line

Studio eyeing summer release

PARK CITY, Utah — Fine Line Features has paid a mid-six figures for North American rights to Jim Fall’s dramatic competition entry “Trick,” which first screened here Saturday.

The gay-themed comedy stars Christian Campbell as a twenty-something musical theater composer waiting for his big break, Tori Spelling as his best friend, and John Paul Pitoc as a stranger who may or may not turn out to be his true love.

Deal guarantees a theatrical release in at least three cities. Fine Line is contemplating a Summer 1999 release.

“Trick” was produced by Eric d’Arbeloff, Fall and Ross Katz. Jason Schafer penned the script.

” ‘Trick’ is a witty, fast-paced comedy with an optimistic spirit that is contagious,” said Fine Line president Mark Ordesky. “Audiences in Sundance are falling in love with this movie, and we have, too.”

Fine Line has had arthouse success with a number of gay-oriented films, including “Love! Valour! Compassion!,” which grossed $3 million in 1997.

In explaining the filmmakers’ decision to go with Fine Line as opposed to one of several other distributors which pursued “Trick,” Fall said: “They really did their homework. They were very articulate about their enthusiasm for the movie. They have an office in New York. And they have a cool logo.”

UTA and attorney Mark Beigelman negotiated the deal on behalf of the filmmakers; Ordesky and Fine Line VP of business and legal affairs Erik Ellner repped the distributor.

Foreign sales are being handled by Good Machine Intl.