Focus Features will expand the lesbian teen drama 'Pariah' into 8 new markets on Friday.

Pariah is already playing in New York , San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Washington D.C., Chicago, Cambridge, Dallas and Seattle. The film will expand to 8 additional cities – Scottsdale, Atlanta, Voorhees, Portland, Philadelphia, Irvine, Austin and Houston – on Friday, January 13.

The movie, which premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, is the debut feature from writer/director Dee Rees. Spike Lee is among the film's executive producers.

The film is the feature adaptation of Rees' short film of the same name, which screened at the festival in 2008.

In the movie, Alike, an African-American teen, is living with her conservative parents and sister in Brooklyn's Fort Greene neighborhood as she begins to affirm her identity as a lesbian. Alike is especially eager to find love. (A trailer for the movie is embedded in the right panel of this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)

(Related: Pariah's Kim Wayans hopes movie will hit home for parents with gay children.)

Focus Features acquired worldwide rights to the film at its Sundance premiere. Last year, the distributor acquired the Oscar-nominated lesbian moms film The Kids Are All Right at Sundance.