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MTV takes rights to “Gay Chorus Deep South”

Viacom-owned youth-skewing MTV Documentary Films, a division of MTV Studios, has made its first acquisition under Sheila Nevins, who launched the doc shingle in May. Gay Chorus Deep South will be the ...
September 16, 2019

Viacom-owned youth-skewing MTV Documentary Films, a division of MTV Studios, has made its first acquisition under Sheila Nevins, who launched the doc shingle in May.

Gay Chorus Deep South will be the studio’s first feature doc.

The 100-minute film, directed by David Charles Rodrigues, held its world premiere at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival, where it won the Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature and went on to win numerous awards at festivals across the U.S. and around the world.

It follows the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus on a tour of the American Deep South following a wave of discriminatory anti-LGBTQ laws and the 2016 election.

Gay Chorus Deep South is produced and financed by Rausch Street Films. Nevins executive produces with producers Bud Johnston and Jesse Moss. James Goode and Tony Högqvist serve as executive producers. Rachel Holbrook, Jenny Gadd and LeighAnna MacFadden serve as co-producers, with Freddie Whitman and Harrison Watkins as associate producers.

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

“If it weren’t for the films Sheila has done, I wouldn’t be a documentary filmmaker today,” added Rodrigues. “So, 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.”

MTV Documentary Films will qualify the film for awards consideration and release it this fall.

Sales were negotiated by Bahareh Kamali and Lance McPherson on behalf of MTV Documentary Films, and Endeavor Content on behalf of the filmmakers.

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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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