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FilmRise to Distribute Water Bearer’s LGBT Movies

Film and TV distributor FilmRise has partnered with Water Bearer Films in a distribution deal for 125 titles from Water Bearer’s library of LGBT-oriented movies, Variety has learned exclusively.

The deal includes home media, digital and TV. It includes Peter Hall’s adaptation of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” starring Helen Mirren and Judi Dench, and the films of Pier Paolo Pasolini, including “The Gospel According to St. Matthew,” “Oedipus Rex” and the documentary “Love Meetings.”

Other titles include the coming-of-age drama “Like a Brother”; Mark Rappaport’s documentary on gay Hollywood, “The Silver Screen: Color Me Lavender”; the romance “La Leon”; and “A Very Natural Thing.”

“We’re ecstatic to be distributing these incredible films from the Water Bearer library,” FilmRise CEO Danny Fisher said. “For decades, they have been instrumental in nurturing and promoting LGBT-oriented filmmaking, from Pasolini to the New Queer Cinema, and we are honored to bring these films to an even wider audience at such a crucial time in the gay rights movement.”

Michael Stimler, president of Water Bearer Films, said, “This deal insures that classic gay-themed films and independent cinema will be available for all digital viewers, and we’re confident that FilmRise can provide the incredible platform that these films deserve.”

FilmRise has handled distribution of “Years of Living Dangerously,” “Forensic Files,” WE TV’s “Women Behind Bars,” BBC’s “Young Dracula” and Syfy’s “Deals from the Darkside.” Film titles include John Landis’ “American Werewolf in London” and the documentaries “Backstreet Boys: Show ‘Em What You’re Made Of” and Slamdance Audience Award-winner “Hank and Asha.”

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