MTV Documentary Films Acquires 'Gay Chorus Deep South;' Plans Theatrical Release

by Sam Cronin

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Tuesday September 17, 2019

"Gay Chorus Deep South," a 2019 documentary about a men's choir touring the American Deep South, has been bought by MTV Documentary Films. The studio, run by former HBO exec Sheila Nevins, has released two documentaries so far, including "17 Blocks" and "St. Louis Superman." By acquiring "Gay Chorus Deep South," the studio aims to qualify it for awards show consideration, and to broaden its audience.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Nevins is planning a theatrical release of the movie as well. The film has already won an award from the Tribeca Film Festival.

The documentary tells the story of the Gay Men's Chorus of San Francisco touring through states in the South which have restrictive anti-gay laws and trying to deliver a message of harmony and acceptance.

"The LGBTQ bias is fierce in southern states," Nevins said in a statement to the Hollywood Reporter. "Faced with unrelenting resistance, these brave men break barriers with song and continue to sing and raise their voices in the name of diversity."

Director David Charles Rodriguez was thrilled to hear the news of Nevins' involvement, saying in his own statement:

"To have Sheila and MTV Documentary Films be a part of Gay Chorus Deep South not only means the world to me, it also means the entire world will get to experience the powerful message and voices of the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus."

According to Deadline, Rodriguez also attributes his film career to Nevins. "If it weren't for the films Sheila has done, I wouldn't be a documentary filmmaker today."

The sale of the movie was negotiated by Bahareh Kamali and Lance McPheson on behalf of MTV Documentary Films and Endeavor Content on behalf of the filmmakers, Deadline reports.

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