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Monday, February 9, 2009

10/29/2008 - Regent Acquires "The Blue Tooth Virgin"

I saw this movie at the Hollywood Film Festival and I highly recommend it. Though it almost seems as if it's going to be a one joke movie, it is anything but. It takes all sorts of unexpected twists and turns by the end. You will get a kick out of it.

Award-winning Feature selected for Palm Spring International Film

LOS ANGELES -- October 29, 2008 -- Regent Releasing, a leading independent U.S. film istributor, announced today that it has acquired worldwide distribution rights to "The
Blue Tooth Virgin," the second film from writer/director Russell Brown. Regent acquired the film from The Simon LLC, and will distribute to select U.S. cities in early 2009.

"The Blue Tooth Virgin" made its premiere at the Seattle International Film Festival 2008 winning the Special Jury Award and was recently voted as a Top-Ten Audience Favorite at the Sao Paolo International Film Festival in Brazil. "The Blue Tooth Virgin" will also show as part of the official line up at the Palm Springs International Film Festival in January of 2009. The film stars Austin Peck ("As the World Turns"), Bryce Johnson ("Popular"), Tom Gilroy ("Spring Forward", "Dont Let Me Drown"), Roma Maffia ("Nip/Tuck"), Lauran Stamile ("Grey's Anatomy"), Amber Benson ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer") and Karen Black ("Five Easy Pieces").

"We're thrilled to be working with Russell Brown on his second accomplished feature," said Mark Reinhart, West Coast General Manager and Executive Vice President Distribution and Acquisitions. "Regent is committed to nurturing and showcasing artistic innovation and we are honored to work with such a talented filmmaker like Russell Brown." Brown's first feature, "Race You to the Bottom," was released theatrically in the United States in March, 2007, by Regent Releasing.

In "The Blue Tooth Virgin," two writers must face a dilemma that is common to anyone who has ever had an artistic friend: What happens when you have to give feedback, and the news isn't good? Sam, an aspiring screenwriter, and David, a successful magazine editor, have been pals for years. When David doesn't appreciate Sam's latest attempt, it opens a fissure in their friendship, one that spreads through the rest of their lives. Ultimately, both men must reevaluate their motivations to write, their need for praise and validation, and what it means to see yourself as you actually are.

Russell Brown, writer and director of "The Blue Tooth Virgin," said, "Regent recognized early on that 'The Blue Tooth Virgin' is an accessible comedy with universal themes. I couldn't be happier about the collaboration.

"The acquisition deal for "The Blue Tooth Virgin" was negotiated between Mark Reinhart, West Coast General Manager and Executive Vice President Distribution and Acquisitions for Regent and Ronna Wallace, of Eastgate Pictures.

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