Breaking Glass Out With Festival Favorite ‘Give or Take’ Comedy

Breaking Glass Pictures this week has released Give or Take, an award-winning comedy from director Paul Riccio, to home audiences following a limited theatrical run in Los Angeles and New York.

The film is available on DVD and through digital retailers. 

Give or Take stars two-time Tony winner Norbert Leo Butz alongside Jamie Effros, Joanne Tucker and “Saturday Night Live” alum Cheri Oteri. The film is a portrait of a son’s journey to understand and accept the complexities of his father.

Give or Take has been hailed by the Austin Chronicle as a “genial dramedy reminiscent of Zach Braff’s Garden State,” while Screen Queens calls it “a touching depiction of bereavement and contemplation of identity.”

Riccio in a press release said his film “is the definition of a comedy with heart. It’s a detailed and authentic narrative, affording real depth to the regret, resentment and misunderstanding that can take shape around a loved one’s death.”

Effos portrays Martin, a pragmatist who on the surface lives an acceptable life but still feels disconnected, especially from his father, Kenneth, a distant man Martin could never figure out. Their relationship got more complicated when Kenneth came out after his wife died. For the first time, he was able to live openly and honestly as a gay man. He found love with a younger man, his lawn guy, Ted (Butz), and they’d been living together in Ken’s house on Cape Cod ever since. When Kenneth dies, Martin goes home to sell the house while sharing it with Ted. Grieving, they circle each other, butt heads, and negotiate how to remember the different man they both loved, and the significance of what he left behind.

Give or Take premiered at the Woods Hole Film Festival, where it won the Audience Award for Best Feature, and went on to play numerous other festivals including the Monmouth Film Festival, where it won Best Narrative Feature; Out on Film Atlanta, winning two awards for Best Ensemble and Best Screenplay; the Port Townsend Film Festival, where it won Best Feature; Out at the Movies, where it was honored with Best Screenplay and the Audience Award for Best Feature; and FilmOut San Diego, where Butz took home Best Supporting Actor.

Breaking Glass Sets Dec. 7 DVD, Digital Release for Season 3 of ‘Woke’

Breaking Glass Pictures Dec. 7 will release season three of the French LGBTQ series “Woke” on DVD and various digital platforms.

Created by Sullivan Le Postec, Woke: Season 3 picks up when Thibaut (Eric Pucheu) saves a Chechen refugee from a nearly fatal trap, and in the process discovers a trial program for human rights protection that has provided shelter for several people in Europe.

Hicham (Mehdi Meskar), meanwhile, returns to his tower-block neighborhood in Saint Étienne after a relative is killed in a fight with the police. Both are in a race against time.

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Thibaut has to discover the mole inside the European institutions in order to save the lives of those protected by the European program, while Hicham has to reveal the truth about his cousin’s death and fight the fake news about the case, which is spreading and threatening their actions.

Woke: Season 3 will be available digitally on iTunes/Apple TV, Amazon, Vudu and Vimeo.

LGBTQ Drama ‘On the Fringe of the Wild’ Gets Home Release Dates on DVD, VOD

Breaking Glass Pictures has announced the Oct. 12 home release of On the Fringe of the Wild, an LGBTQ drama that marks the directorial debut from Emma Catalfamo.

The film will be available on DVD and VOD, the latter on such platforms as iTunes/Apple TV, Amazon, Google Play, Vudu, DirecTV, and through various local cable and satellite providers.

Starring Harrison Browne, Cameron Stewart and Mikael Melo, On the Fringe of Wild serves as an early 21st century snapshot of queer adolescent boys on the verge of growing up into men and discovering their authentic selves. A “Romeo and Juliet” stylized romance between two teenage boys, the film is set in a small Ontario town, where love does not win, but the surviving players grow to accept themselves as members of the LGBTQ+ community.

The film had its world premiere at the OUTShine Miami Film Festival in April 2021, and saw its California premiere at FilmOut San Diego in September.

OTT.X Adds Six Members

OTT.X (formerly the Entertainment Merchants Association) has added six members: Breaking Glass Pictures, Here Media, MVD Entertainment Group, MyBundle.tv, Vizio and Xumo.

Founded in 2009 by industry veterans Rich Wolff and Richard Ross, along with Susan Helfrich, Breaking Glass Pictures is a film distribution and media company that focuses on releasing independent films, inclusive of all genres, from around the world. In addition to theatrical, DVD, digital, and VOD releases in North America, Breaking Glass functions as an international sales agent. With an average release slate of 45 to 50 titles a year, and a catalog of more than 400 titles, Breaking Glass also represents other studio’s catalogs for platform placement as aggregators.

Here Media operates media brands serving the LGBT market across the print, television, digital, social media, tablet, events and mobile.

MVD offers a catalog of audio and visual digital rights and has direct relationships with the major digital and VOD platforms.

MyBundle.TV guides consumers through the cord-cutting process by recommending customized bundles of streaming services based on a user’s set of circumstances. At the same time, MyBundle.TV provides OTT services a platform to reach their potential consumers.

Vizio is an American-based TV brand and sound bar company formed in 2002 offering among its products smart TVs.

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Xumo, an ad-supported streaming service, offers more than 190 digital channels of programming across 12 genres in 45 million U.S. households via a multi-screen distribution network of smart TVs, mobile, web and streaming boxes.

Breaking Glass Sends ‘This Teacher’ Home in June

Breaking Glass Pictures has set a June 9 home release date for This Teacher, a 2018 drama from multi-award-winning director Mark Jackson (Without, War Story).

Starring Hafsia Herzi, Sarah Kazemy, and Lucy Walters, the film will be available on DVD and VOD.

This Teacher follows the story of a French Muslim woman (Herzi) who travels to New York City from the rough neighborhoods outside of Paris to visit a friend. When the reunion proves disastrous, she steals her friend’s credit card and identity, then disappears to a remote cabin upstate.

Deep in the woods and alone for the first time in her life, she experiences a divine revelation of an existence without borders. When she discovers she is not alone on the property, her sojourn in nature gradually descends into a terrifying study of the intolerance and suspicion she encounters and reflects back to an Islamophobic America.

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The film was selected as the closing night film at Slamdance, and was officially screened at the BendFIlm Festival, BFI London, and the LA Film Festival, where it received the U.S. Fiction Award.

‘A Simple Wedding’ Romcom Heads Home June 9

Indie film distributor Breaking Glass Pictures has announced the June 9 release of A Simple Wedding, a romantic comedy directed and written by Sara Zandieh, in conjunction with co-writer Stephanie Wu.

The 2019 film will be available on DVD only and stars Tara Grammy (The Persian Bachelorette), Christopher O’Shea (Madam Secretary), and Shohreh Agdashloo.

The film follows Iranian-American Nousha, a young attorney who has a great job, supportive friends, and a comfortable life but has a habit of sabotaging her relationships.

This causes her parents to grow frustrated as they hope she can soon host the perfect Persian wedding. Eventually Nousha meets Alex, a bisexual artist, activist, and DJ who she falls fast for. Her parents discover they are living together before marriage, and chaos unfolds as they prepare for a wedding that is anything but simple.

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A Simple Wedding grossed $21,794 in the opening weekend and $54,415 in the worldwide box office.

Breaking Glass Sets Home Release Dates for Israeli LGBTQ Drama ’15 Years’

Breaking Glass Pictures has announced the April 28 release to home viewing audiences of 15 Years, the Israeli LGBTQ coming-of-age drama from writer and director Yuval Hadadi.

The film will be available on both DVD and video-on-demand (VOD.

15 Years follows the story of Yoav, a successful architect who has everything he’s ever wanted: Dan, his lover of 15 years and a younger lawyer who adores him, and his sister Alma, who is like a mother and a sister to him.

When Alma announces that she is pregnant, it ignites Dan’s desire to become a father himself. His parental urges have an opposite effect on Yoav, who is haunted by past demons. Yoav’s tight grasp on life begins to fall apart, leading him to self-destructive behavior that threatens to destroy his life with Dan, unravel his friendship with his sister, and cost him everything.

The film premiered at the Tel Aviv International LGBT Film Festival, where it was the opening film. It went on to have its U.S. premier at the Lighthouse International Film Festival, and subsequently had additional screenings at OUTShine – Fort Lauderdale and NewFest, and Reeling 2019 — The 37th Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival, where it won the Jury Award for Best Feature Film.

Breaking Glass Sets Home Release Dates for Uruguay’s ‘The Sharks’

Breaking Glass Pictures has announced the release of The Sharks, a Uruguayan coming-of-age drama available first for digital download on April 14 and then on DVD April 28.

The directorial debut from Lucía Garibaldi, The Sharks earned him the prestigious Directing Award in World Cinema – Drama at the Sundance Film festival, where the movie premiered. The film also screened at the San Sebastian International Film Festival and the Guadalajara Film Festival, where it won the Special Jury Award and the FEISAL Award.

The film follows 14-year-old Rosina, who counts the restless days of summer in her sleepy beachside town until one day she encounters an ominous dorsal fin during a swim. The rumor that a shark was spotted quickly spreads, unsettling the town. Rosina, however, remains unfazed and instead focuses on her enigmatic coworker Joselo.

Breaking Glass Pictures Sets March 10 DVD Release Date for Horror Film ‘Exit 0O’

Indie film distributor Breaking Glass Pictures has set a March 10 release date for Exit 0, a road-trip horror movie written and directed by E.B. Hughes.

The film will be available on DVD only and stars Gabe Fazio (A Star is Born, The Place Beyond the Pines), Augie Duke (Messiah, Bad Kids Go to Hell), Peter Greene (The Mask) and Federico Castellucio (“The Sopranos”).

Described as a Hitchcock and Kubrick hybrid, the film follows a young couple who set out on a weekend getaway in hopes of mending their failing relationship. However, a seemingly innocent weekend turns dark when the man discovers a videotape chronicling the events of a murder in his very own hotel room from years before.

Exit 0 won Best Director of a Narrative Feature and Best Actor at the Chain NYC Film Festival, Best Actor at the Independent Horror Movie Awards, Best Thriller Feature at the Los Angeles Film Awards, and Best Horror Film at the Crown Wood International Film Festival.

Breaking Glass Sets DVD Release Date for ‘Feedback’

Indie film distributor Breaking Glass Pictures has set a Feb. 18 release date for Feedback, a social thriller starring Eddie Marsan, Paul Anderson, and I’vana Baquero.

The 2020 film will be available on DVD only.

The film follows the story of the host of a successful late-night radio show Jarvis Dolan (Marsan), whose life takes a turn when two armed men burst into the studio one night and take him, and his entire show, hostage.

Forcing him to read from a prefabricated script, they expose a scandal that could destroy his whole life and decimate his high-flying career. This experience leads him to discover what his reality truly means, and what it means to take it back.

Feedback was originally screened at FrightFest, Strasbourg European Fantastic Film Festival, and Fantasy Filmfest among others.