×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Sundance: Fox Searchlight Nabs Short Film ‘Lavender’

Fox Searchlight has acquired the short film “Lavender” out of the Sundance Film Festival.

The company said the movie, which tells the story of a young gay man who develops a complex relationship with an older couple, will be released on its social media channels.

The film stars Michael Urie, Michael Hsu Rosen, and Ken Barnett. Urie and Rosen are best known for their stage work and recently starred in the Broadway revival of Harvey Fierstein’s “Torch Song Trilogy.” Barnett is also known to theater circles, having recently appeared in “Fun Home” on Broadway.

The film was directed by Matthew Puccini, a Brooklyn-based filmmaker whose short films have screened at Sundance, SXSW, and Palm Springs. “Lavender” is produced by Casey Bader, Tyler Rabinowitz, and Corey Deckler. It screened in Sundance’s short film program.

“We are always looking for fresh filmmaking talents, and the short film world led us to a talented director in Matthew Puccini,” said Nancy Utley and Steve Gilula, Fox Searchlight’s co-heads. “Matthew’s film ‘Lavender’ is a work of great beauty and resonance, and showcases a personal voice from and about the LGBTQ community. We enthusiastically welcome him to the Searchlight family of filmmakers.”

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. It’s a time of great change at Searchlight. The company is about to have new a corporate parent once Disney completes its $72 billion acquisition of much of 21st Century Fox’s television and film assets.

Popular on Variety

More Film

  • Barack Obama Pete Souza

    White House Photographer Pete Souza to Be Subject of Documentary

    Pete Souza, the White House photographer who managed to capture Presidents Obama and Reagan at both ceremonial occasions and in unguarded moments, will be the subject of an upcoming documentary from Focus Features. The indie label announced that it is teaming with Dawn Porter, the Peabody Award-winning director of “Gideon’s Army” and “Bobby Kennedy for [...]

  • Oscars: 159 Documentary Features Submitted

    Oscars: 159 Features Submitted Into Documentary Race

    The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has unveiled the 159 documentary features that have been submitted for the 92nd annual Academy Awards. Nominations will be announced on Jan. 13. The winners will be revealed on Feb. 9. High-profile titles include “American Factory,” “Apollo 11,” “The Biggest Little Farm,” “For Sama,” “The Edge of [...]

  • The Irishman BTS

    Best Director Race Captures Hollywood at a Crossroads

    When Martin Scorsese made an offhand quip about his skepticism toward the Marvel Cinematic Universe earlier this fall, specifically whether the blockbuster franchise films that now provide a hefty share of Hollywood studio grosses should be considered “cinema” at all, he couldn’t have predicted the sort of longstanding firestorm he was about to set off. [...]

  • Laura Dern AoA

    Laura Dern Calls Out the Double Standard That Exists Between Mothers and Fathers

    While discussing her performance in “Marriage Story” with Sterling K. Brown for Variety’s Actors on Actors series, Laura Dern addressed the contentious double-standard that exists between mothers and fathers; particularly those struggling with separation and divorce. Written and directed by Noah Baumbach, “Marriage Story” chronicles the dissolution of a marriage between a stage director and [...]

  • Promotion of Roman Polanski's New Film

    Promotion of Roman Polanski's New Film Canceled in France, but Not Its Premiere

    In the wake of French actress Valentine Monnier’s allegation of rape against Roman Polanski, the promotion of the director’s latest film, “An Officer and a Spy,” has been axed in France, but the movie’s premiere Tuesday night and its theatrical release are scheduled to go forward. Real-life period drama “An Officer and a Spy” is [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content