Fox Searchlight Acquires LGBTQ Short ‘Lavender’ – Sundance

Sundance Film Festival

Fox Searchlight has acquired rights to Lavender, a short film from writer-director Matthew Puccini that just premiered in the Shorts Program at the Sundance Film Festival. The studio plans to make the pic available on its social media channels.

Lavender stars Michael Urie, Michael Hsu Rosen and Ken Barnett and tells the story of a young gay man as he develops a complicated relationship with an older married couple. Urie and Rosen recently starred in the recent Broadway revival Torch Song, while Barnett toplined the Tony-winning Fun Home.

Searchlight toppers Nancy Utley and Stephen Gilula said the they were “always looking for fresh filmmaking talents, and the short film world led us to a talented director in Matthew Puccini.”

The movie, produced by Casey Bader, Tyler Rabinowitz and Corey Deckler, was supported by the Creative Culture program at the Jacob Burns Film Center. Jason Michael Berman, Sam Abbas and Natalé Olsen are executive producers.

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