Welcome to ‘Scot’-land
The first gay-themed film to be endorsed by a major sports league, and set to open at Outfest 2008 in Los Angeles, Calif., has been acquired for theatrical distribution by here! Films and its subsidiary Regent Releasing.
“Breakfast With Scot,” a family comedy directed by Laurie Lynd, tells the story of a very “straight” gay couple, Eric (Tom Cavanaugh), an ex-NHL hockey player-turned-sportscaster, and Sam (Ben Shenkman), a lawyer, who end up with temporary custody of recently orphaned Scot (Noah Bernett), a budding queen of an 11-year-old.
Eric and Sam live the perfect gay life at home, until their closely-closeted paradise is threatened when they receive news that Sam’s brother Billy’s (Colin Cunningham) ex-girlfriend has died, leaving Sam custody of her son Scot. Eric never wanted kids, and certainly never expected one like this.
When Scot arrives, his duffle bag of personal belongings includes a pink musical hairbrush, a pink poodle belt and white sock-ettes with lacy fringe at the top. He throws Eric and Sam’s life into complete disarray, but they soon find that they can’t bear to part with him.
The film is adapted from the novel by Michael Downing and will be released for theatrical viewing in the fall of 2008.
For more information, visit www.breakfastwithscotmovie.com.
Gays in the ‘Garden’
Already showing in select theaters in Los Angeles, New York City, Portland and Seattle, writer-director Jason Freeland’s “Garden Party,” a tale of sex, drugs, pornography and Los Angeles living, is sure to be popular with the boys. With a cast of characters that includes a hot gay man and an even hotter, young singer-musician, viewers will see what it’s like trying to make it in Hollywood.
Characters include Sally St. Claire (Vinessa Shaw), a real-estate agent who doubles as a pot dealer; Nathan (Alex Cendese), St. Claire’s gay assistant; Sammy (Erik Scott Smith), the singer-musician Nathan offers a place to sleep (and hopefully more); and April (Willa Holland), a girl who runs away from an abusive home to start a new life in the City of Angels.
The story hinges on the famed “garden party” stories of L.A. — situations or jobs transplanted folks almost always take to make it. These include starring in a porn shoot, taking nude photos, sleeping with a director who promises you a scene or taking up the gay guy’s offer of a place to rest your head.
Nathan’s love (or rather, lust) for Sammy (spoiler alert) goes unrequited. Actually, that might be a good thing. At least in my film fantasy land, Sammy will still be available for me.