Friday, October 10, 2008

Out in Film: Stewart Wade

Idol worship: Stewart Wade, writer/director/producer.

- He began as a playwright, and two of his stage plays -- Opening Night and Second Chance -- were produced in Los Angeles.

- His screenplay Wish List was sold to German television; renamed Ich W√ľnsch Dir Liebe (I Wish to Live), it was so successful that it was subsequently released theatrically.

- Coffee Date, his first short film, screened at over 35 festivals worldwide and won several major awards, and was released on the DVD Straight Men & the Men Who Love Them.He would later remake Coffee Date as a feature film, starring Wilson Cruz and Jonathan Bray.

- Outfest named him one of their 2006 “Five in Focus” – feature film directors chosen as “the next wave of hot new talent.”

- Tru Loved, his next feature, opens next week. Set in San Francisco, the comedy/drama centers on the new kid in town (who has two lesbian mothers) starting her high school's first Gay-Straight Alliance. The film's cast is filled with many gay faves, including Jasmine Guy, Jane Lynch, Alec Mapa, Nichelle Nichols, Bruce Vilanch and Marcia Wallace.

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