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Tuesday, October 7, 2008


Premiere Set For Los Angeles on October 11th, National Coming Out DayLOS ANGELES -- October 6, 2008 -- here! Films and Regent Releasing is set to roll out the national release of "Tru Loved," the groundbreaking family/teen-friendly LGBTQ film, beginning October 17th in New York City and Chicago. Written and directed by Stewart Wade ("Coffee Date"), "Tru Loved" tells the story of Tru, a sixteen year old uprooted by her lesbian moms from her gay-friendly home in San Francisco and moved to a conservative community in Southern California.

Tru's only friend is a closeted football player, and that friendship is jeopardized when she starts the school's first Gay-Straight Alliance. Produced by BrownBag Productions, "Tru Loved" stars Najarra Townsend ("Me and You and Everyone We Know"), Jake Abel ("Flash of Genius"), Alec Mapa ("Ugly Betty"), Bruce Vilanch ("Hairspray"), Nichelle Nichols ("Heroes"), Jasmine Guy ("A Different World"). Alexandra Paul ("Baywatch"), Cynda Williams ("Tales of the City"), Matthew Thompson ("Drake and Josh") and Jane Lynch ("The 40 Year Old Virgin").Following New York City and Chicago on October 17th, the film will then open on October 24th and 31st in Los Angeles, Seattle, San Francisco, Berkley, with more cities to follow. "We are honored to bring Stewart Wade's accomplished and transformative second feature to U.S. audiences," said Mark Reinhart, West Coast General Manager and Executive Vice President Distribution and Acquisitions for Regent.

"‘Tru Loved' falls squarely into our company mission by providing entertainment that fosters change and creates understanding around important real-life issues facing LGBTQ youth and their families."The film's producer, Antonio Brown of BrownBag Productions, along with Eric Borsum, the film's Executive in Charge of Social Partnerships, formed early alliances with numerous organizations, including Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG); the Gay-Straight Alliance Network (GSA Network); the ACLU of Southern California, COLAGE (Children of Lesbians and Gays Everywhere) and many others; the support of these groups has been vital to early positive word-of-mouth on the film, and all will be on hand at the premiere of the film."Seeing positive, healthy images of LGBT people and their families is critical in transforming hearts and minds," said PFLAG Executive Director Jody M. Huckaby, "'Tru Loved' does this perfectly and shows how, alongside our straight allies, we all can create real change." Producer Brown echoes Huckaby's sentiments.

"We've been fortunate to work with strong organizations like PFLAG, the ACLU and GSA Network since the beginning of the process of making this film. As the face of family changes around the world, it's critical that popular entertainment mirrors these changes accurately. BrownBag Productions is thrilled to be working with Regent Releasing and here! Films to stay at the forefront of these changes."In addition to its theatrical release, the film will have its red-carpet premiere in Los Angeles on National Coming Out Day, Saturday, October 11th, at the Regent Showcase Theatre in Hollywood.

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