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