New York-based distributor The Orchard has acquired the North American rights to Derek Dodge’s feature-length documentary Hurley.
The 80-minute film documents the life of Hurley Haywood, who kept his homosexuality hidden throughout his more than 40-year career as a successful endurance sports car racing driver.
The intimate documentary provides rare behind-the-scenes access to the world of endurance racing, and features candid and emotional interviews that explore Haywood’s experience as a closeted gay man in the 1970′s macho world of auto sports.
Hurley held its world premiere at the 2018 Inside Out LGBT Film Festival, and will receive a release in early 2019.
“Hurley the person and Hurley the movie are one and the same — inspiring, surprising and a window into a world many haven’t traversed,” said Paul Davidson, The Orchard’s EVP of film and television.
The deal was negotiated by Andrew Borden, manager of acquisitions at The Orchard, and UTA Independent Film Group on behalf of the filmmakers.
Hurley is executive produced by Grey’s Anatomy star Patrick Dempsey, who is represented by UTA, Burstein Company and Stone, Genow, Smelkinson.