Newly minted New York-based sales house Greenwich Entertainment has acquired the Canadian and U.S.rights to Matt Tyrnauer‘s feature-length documentary Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood.
The 98-minute cinéma vérité film, which held its world premiere at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival, serves as a portrait of Hollywood hustler and all-purpose date-arranger Scotty Bowers, whose bestselling memoir (Full Service: My Adventures in Hollywood and the Secret Sex Lives of the Stars) chronicled his decades spent as sexual procurer to the stars.
Containing newly discovered archive footage and photos of Bowers from the 1940s and beyond, the fly-on-the-wall film documents how the now 94-year-old Bowers became a confidante and lover to many of Hollywood’s greatest male and female stars.
Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood will be released theatrically in April of 2018.
Submarine’s Josh Braun, who also serves as producer on the film, handled sales and negotiated the deal with Greenwich Entertainment’s co-managing director Ed Arentz.
Altimeter Films’ Corey Reeser served as producer alongside Tyrnauer and Braun.
“Matt captures the still-spry, and now 94-year-old Scotty brilliantly and uses his story as a jumping off place to evoke a secret bygone Hollywood and the pressure on that era’s film stars to conform publicly, at least, to the unvarying standard of monogamous heterosexuality,” said Arentz in a statement. “We’re thrilled to have it as one of our inaugural releases.”
“From the moment I met Scotty, I felt he was one of the most extraordinary characters I’d ever come across,” added Tyrnauer. “He’s one of the last living links to a very different time in Hollywood—and the rest of the world—when same-sexuality was an unmentionable taboo, punishable by prison sentences. Scotty allowed people to live more authentic lives by arranging liaisons for people who, by great necessity, had to hide their true identities to shield themselves from dire consequences.”