Joshua Diaz is heading straight (up)to theaters…
Strand Releasing has acquired the American rights to James Sweeney’s feature film debut Straight Up, starring the Latino actor.
Written, directed and starring Sweeney, the comedy follows Todd (Sweeney), a persnickety half-virgin diagnosed with OCD who thinks maybe he was socially conditioned to be gay. Rory (Katie Findlay) is a whip-smart aspiring actress with her own set of insecurities, sexual and otherwise. Over time, Rory’s stagnant career and Todd’s self-doubt begins to dismantle their odd couple routine, despite their unwillingness to let each other go.
“We’re thrilled to have James’ singular and humorous vision, his knack for snappy dialogue and smart visuals are inspired by period screwball comedies and create such a unique hybrid for modern cinema,” said Marcus Hu, of Strand Releasing.
“I am over the moon that Straight Up has found a home in Strand Releasing, and look forward to sharing shelf space with some of my favorite independent films,” said Sweeney.
Along with Diaz, who stars as Zane, the film also stars Randall Park, Betsy Brandt, Tracie Thoms, James Scully, Dana Drori and Brendan Scannell.
The film is produced by David Carricoat Valparaiso Pictures, Ross Putman, and Sweeney.