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.

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! 


'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.

Click here to get tickets now

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! 


'That's Not Us' U.S. Premiere at Frameline


We are humbled and honored to announce that That's Not Us will have its U.S. Premiere at Frameline San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival! Frameline is the world's oldest and largest ongoing film festival devoted to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender programming.

Frameline is an iconic film festival and we couldn't be more proud to have That's Not Us recognized and included in this year's programming. Here's what they have to say about That's Not Us

Director William Sullivan and DP Derek Dodge gave their cast a brief outline and let the scenes unfold organically, with the actors improvising much of their dialogue. The result is an honest take on contemporary relationships, packed with genuine interactions and nuanced performances. The film finds the quiet moments when otherwise happily paired people feel alone despite being within arm’s reach of their partners, and it revels in the rare moments when communication triumphs over silence. The filmmakers set out to make a romantic comedy about “the marathon of romance,” and they’ve achieved that goal in spades, highlighting the often awkward, funny, and messy work it takes to make love last. — Laura Henneman, Frameline 

That's Not Us will screen at The Castro Theatre on Sunday, June 21 at 6:30 PM. Click here to get tickets

That's Not Us World Premiere at InsideOut

We are thrilled to announce the world premiere of That's Not Us at the 25th Anniversary of InsideOut, the Toronto LGBT Film Festival! InsideOut has a rich history highlighting the best in LGBT films from all over the world and we are honored to be a part of this year's programming.

Relatable in ways that may be uncomfortable, the characters in That's Not Us are probably you and me, and everyone we know. -InsideOut

If you live in or near Toronto we'd love to see you and your friends at our World Premiere on May 23rd. Visit the following link to read more about That's Not Uat InsideOut and to purchase tickets to the screening. CLICK HERE FOR MORE

In 1991, Inside Out celebrated its first film and video festival with a small community of people who yearned to see film and video created by and about lesbians, gays, bisexuals and trans (LGBT) people. Currently the largest event of its kind in Canada, the Festival entertains film buffs of all stripes, showcasing the best and most diverse work of interest to LGBT communities. Taking place over 11 days, the Festival draws crowds of 35 000 to screenings, artist talks, panel discussions, installations and parties that highlight more than 180 films and videos from Canada and around the world. - InsideOut

PigPen Theatre Co. to Provide Additional Music for 'That's Not Us'



We are so excited to announce that PigPen Theatre Co. will be providing additional music for That's Not Us. PigPen have produced their folk-music driven theatrical productions in New York City and have toured all over the country, earning them awards, a rapidly growing fan base, and critic’s picks from The New York Times amongst many more. Their debut indie-folk album, “Bremen”, was named #10 album of the year in The Huffington Post’s 2012 Grammy preview. They are currently recording their second album to be released later in 2015. 

"PigPen is one of the coolest and most talented collectives working in the industry," says Producer Mark Berger. "Their music is timeless, fun, and most importantly, it tells a story. Collaborating with these guys is like getting to work with a dream team of artists. They've given us access to a lot of music, and so, you may even hear a track from their unreleased album in the film!"