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Jan 29 2017
Gay Drama BEACH RATS Gets Distribution Deal After Sundance Premiere Comments (0)

Beach-rats(Image via Sundance/Neon)

Great news for Beach Rats, which sounds like an interesting flick — the gay drama, about a Brooklyn teenager (Harris Dickinson) struggling with his sexual orientation, has been picked up by Neon after debuting at Sundance.

Screen Shot 2017-01-29 at 5.47.01 PMHarris Dickinson (Image by Jeff Vespa for Verge)

Neon is an indie start-up founded by Alamo Drafthouse's Tim League and ex-chief of Radius-TWC Tom Quinn. Neon has snatched up three films so far from Sundance, including an Aubrey Plaza comedy and a hip-hop drama.

Here's hoping that gay movies make a comeback; we still need them, especially if they're GOOD.

Speaking of which, there's a good chance I will soon be announcing my attachment to a gay film project — stay tuned.

Check out James Patrick Herman's Q&A with Dickinson for Verge here, in which he says of Beach Rats:

It’s street cast — random people from the street — minus three actors like myself, which is quite an exciting prospect. And a fun dynamic. This movie is raw, honest and intimate. It’s an unconventional portrayal of a teenager struggling with his identity and sexuality. No one comes of age in this movie — you don’t come of it out thinking that anything has been resolved or he’s changed. It’s an observational film, which is refreshing.