Ahead of its theatrical debut at New York’s IFC Center this Friday (August 7), realscreen presents a trade exclusive clip of former model and fashion photographer Thomas Wirthensohn‘s directorial debut, Homme Less.
The film – which was a realscreen MIPTV pick earlier this year – follows 56-year old Mark Reay, a former model and freelance New York fashion photographer who harbors a distressing secret from the glamorous world he covers: despite shooting top models for magazines such as Dazed & Confused and working industry events including New York Fashion Week, Reay is homeless.
In this clip shared with realscreen, the photographer takes a camera crew to the rooftop of an East Village apartment building, where he sleeps. Reay represents a creative middle class in New York that can’t afford the city’s high standards of living but refuse to give up the place they’ve come to call home.
Since it was first shown to audiences as a work-in-progress festival premiere at the Kitzbühel Film Festival – where it won the Best Documentary prize – the film has screened at DOC NYC 2014, winning the Metropolis Competition Grand Jury Prize, and will this fall screen at the Vancouver International Film Festival and the Montreal World Film Festival.
Homme Less will be released across the U.S. throughout August, with a VoD premiere on iTunes set for September 10.
The film is produced by Filmhaus Vienna’s Dr. Wolfgang Ramml and Thought Engine’s Karol Martesko-Fenster. Homme Less is represented by Cargo Film & Releasing for worldwide rights and is being distributed theatrically by Abramorama in the U.S.