Strand Releasing has bought the North American rights to Antonio Santini and Dan Sickles’ “Mala Mala,” a documentary exploring the transgender and drag communities in Puerto Rico.
The film made its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in April and will debut in theaters on July 1 at the IFC Center. Ronnie Schieb gave the doc a strong review for Variety, calling it “highly entertaining.”
Shot over a three-year period, “Mala Mala” features LGBT activists, business owners, sex workers and the Doll House, a group of drag performers.
“Mala Mala” is an El Peligro production presented by Killer Films in association with Moxie Pictures. Sickles and Santini served as producers. Executive producers are Christine Vachon and Pamela Koffler.
Strand noted that it has history of distributing LGBT films, including Gregg Araki’s “Myseterious Skin,” Daniel Ribeiro’s “The Way He Looks,” James Franco’s “Interior. Leather Bar.” and Hong Khaou’s “Lilting.” The label will also distribute Alante Kavaite’s “The Summer of Sangaile,” Anucha Boonyawatana’s “The Blue Hour” and Dean Francis’ “Drown.”
The deal for the film was negotiated by Jon Gerrans on behalf of Strand Releasing.