LGBT Film Festival Favorite That's Not Us Gains Distribution


Indiewire has reported that Strand Releasing has acquired North American distribution rights to LGBT film festival favorite, That’s Not Us.

The film follows the ups and downs of a group of friends (three couples: one straight, one gay, and one lesbian) as they relax for a weekend in a beach house at the end of summer. It garnered wildly positive reviews when it played at Outfest Los Angeles, Frameline San Francisco, InsideOut (Toronto’s LGBT Film Festival), and various other LGBT film festivals. It’s still too early to tell how many theaters the film will play in, but Strand Releasing is going to push for an early Spring 2016 release date.


Exclusive: Strand Releasing Acquires LGBT Romance 'That's Not Us'


From Indiewire:

Strand Releasing has acquired "That's Not Us," a comedic drama about three twenty-something couples -- one gay, one lesbian and one straight -- at a beach house during the end of summer. "That's Not Us" is directed by William C. Sullivan, co-written and shot by Derek Dodge, and stars Mark Berger and Sarah Wharton.


Strand Releasing Acquires 'That's Not Us'



Strand Releasing has acquired North American rights to THAT'S NOT US directed by William C. Sullivan.  The comedy/drama ensemble, which screened at this year's Frameline, Outfest and InsideOut Toronto Film Festival and won a Best Ensemble Award at Out On Film, chronicles the intimate portrait of three 20-something couples as they travel to a beach house to enjoy the last days of summer.  The three couples, one gay, one lesbian, one straight explore sex and relationships with a fresh perspective

THAT'S NOT US was co-written and shot by Derek Dodge and produced by co-stars Mark Berger and Sarah Wharton. 

The deal was concluded between Dodge and Berger and Strand's Jon Gerrans.

"Strand Releasing has brought so many great LGBT films to audiences over the years, we're thrilled to have ours among them," said Sullivan.

THAT'S NOT US has been selected to open the IMAGE+NATION festival in Montreal at the end of the month.

Strand plans for a multi-platform release in Spring 2016.
Strand Releasing is based in Culver City, CA.  Strand's current slate includes Catherine Corsini's SUMMERTIME, Peter Greenaway's EISENSTEIN IN GUANAJUATO, and Ulrich Seidl's IN THE BASEMENT.

Austin Chronicle: No Rom-Com Gloss in That's Not Us

From The Austin Chronicle:

Love is a many-splendored thing. Love lifts us up where we belong. All you need is love. Relationships, on the other hand, are a bit more complex than a song lyric. At least, that's the idea behind Will Sullivan's semi-improvised romantic dramedy, That's Not Us.

The film follows three couples as they head to the beach for one last summer weekend. But what's supposed to be a fun getaway gets weighed down by real-life struggles. While the twosomes sound like the start of an offensive joke – a lesbian couple, a gay couple, and a straight couple walk into a bar – writers Sullivan and Derek Dodge instead show that, at the beach's end, all relationships share threads of commonality.

With only seven cast members (and a dog), That's Not Us dives into the complexities and nuances of relationships, both sexual and nonsexual, without ever feeling quite as trite as mainstream "gay" movies. "We shot the film last September," says Mark Berger, one of the film's producers and stars (he plays James). "The summer leading up to filming, we all rehearsed in our couples with Will. But we'd work around the scene – never quite tapping the actual bull's-eye."

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European Premiere: Raindance Film Festival


We're happy to announce the European Premiere of That's Not Us will be at the Raindance Film Festival in London this September!

Raindance is a very special film festival that celebrates true independent film from around the world from new and alternative filmmakers. 

In fact, our Director's first feature film, Percival's Big Night (now available on iTunes) had its International Premiere at Raindance just a few years ago. 

Needless to say, we're excited to be part of this year's programming and we're thrilled to be sharing That's Not Us with new friends in London and beyond.

Learn more here

LA Premiere at Outfest

We're back home in NYC after another wonderful film festival experience! Our fourth festival was none other than Outfest, the country's premiere LGBT event, which takes place each year in Los Angeles, CA. 

Needless to say, we had an amazing time meeting the Outfest staff, fellow filmmakers, and avid cinephiles at all of the fun festival events throughout the week. There was even a pool party! When it came time to screen our film, we were overwhelmed by our friends, special guests, and all the lovely Angelenos who came out to support us.

A big thank you to Outfest and the good people of Hollywood. We'll see you again very soon!


US Premiere at Frameline39

We left our hearts in San Francisco.

Frameline is the nation's oldest and largest LGBT film festival. When we learned of our acceptance to this festival in particular, we were ecstatic. It's an immense honor to be part of this historic program and we can unequivocally say that the experience lived up to our dreams.

Will, Derek, Mark and Sarah headed to San Francisco and were joined by special guests Nicole Pursell and Xander Singh. It was a magical few days and we're very sad to leave it behind us. Screening That's Not Us at the Castro Theatre to hundreds of people is an experience we'll never forget. Thank you Frameline, and thank you San Francisco! 


IndieWire: Talking To The Folks Behind The Very Sweet 'That's Not Us'


The sweet, unpretentious "That’s Not Us" -- playing Frameline this month, and Outfest and Philadelphia’s QFlix next month -- was co-written by Derek Dodge and William Sullivan, and directed by Sullivan. This charming comedy-drama features three couples—lesbians Alex (Sarah Wharton) and Jackie (Nicole Pursell); gay couple James (Mark Berger) and Spencer (David Rysdahl); and straight couple Liz (Elizabeth Gray) and Dougie (Tommy Nelms)—spending a late September weekend together at a New York beach community. While each couple spends their time alone together fucking or fighting, all the characters are dealing with partnership issues involving honesty and (mis)communication.

If the storylines are slight—the lesbians haven’t had sex in ages; the gay guys are separating because Spencer got into grad school in Chicago, and the straights are having problems of trust—“That’s Not Us” is consistently warm and engaging, thanks to the assured performances by the entire cast, who improvised most of their scenes. The scenes between Wharton and Berger, who co-produced, are particularly strong. This is a perfect film to see a summer night with someone you care about.

Sullivan and Dodge as well as Wharton and Berger chatted with /bent about making their fine film.

How did you conceive of the film, the intimate style, and the characters?

William: The impetus for the entire project was that we were seeing coming out or falling in love stories. We wanted to do something that reflected what we go through and experience on a day-to-day basis. That was the trigger that made us write down things we were thinking about. We had an outline for the characters and their arcs, and we wanted to explore these themes—the vulnerability, the physical separation of the gay couple, and the sexual offseason.

Derek: You see people in films trying to find love, or navigating new love, or it’s a break up movie, but for couples that are together, things always seem easy. But even for couples that have been together for so long, there is still work to do to make love last. We wanted to show everyday obstacles real couples face in long term relationships. Just because they have a bump doesn’t mean they will break up; they have their partner’s best interests in mind. We particularly wanted to see young gay couples doing that.

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'That's Not Us' Selected to Screen at Outfest in Los Angeles

Today, we are excited to announce That's Not Us has been selected to screen at Outfest in Los Angeles! Outfest – the Los Angeles–based nonprofit organization - promotes equality by creating, sharing, and protecting LGBT stories on the screen.

That's Not Us effortlessly reveals the tensions that simmer between partners, couples and friends. Each moment onscreen pulses with intimacy and spontaneity, allowing audiences to fall into the film's moment-to-moment naturalism. - OUTFEST

“For 33 years, Outfest as an organization has had a global impact on LGBT lives and popular culture by promoting the rich diversity of our community, and we are determined to keep showcasing work that is both exploring and expanding the reflections of LGBT lives for generations to come,” says Christopher Racster, Interim Executive Director of Outfest.

That's Not Us is thrilled to be included in the programming lineup for the 2015 Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival. The screening will be held on Tuesday, July 14th at 9:30pm at the Directors Guild of America in Los Angeles.

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World Premiere at InsideOut

Toronto, you've stolen our hearts! We could not have asked for a more gracious and welcoming world premiere. Will, Derek, Mark and Sarah traveled to Toronto to meet with the InsideOut programmers, fellow filmmakers, and most importantly - the audience members. We met so many wonderful people and were truly inspired by all the terrific films representing our diverse community.

We're honored to have been a part of this world-class film festival and we look forward to going back very soon! Thank you, Toronto and InsideOut!