New York-based distributor FilmRise has acquired the exclusive North American theatrical and digital rights to Dennis Keighron-Foster and Amy Watson’s debut feature documentary Deep in Vogue.
The 62-minute film, which premiered at the 2019 BFI Flare Film Festival in London, celebrates the “colorful, queer, emotional and political” stories of voguing in England’s north through interviews and performance sequences. Voguing serves as a stylized, modern dance that originated in the late 1980s that evolved out of Harlem’s 1960s ballroom scene.
Over the course of a year, Deep in Vogue charts the House Mothers and their members in the build-up to the Manchester Icons Vogue Ball. Additionally, the film explores the history of New York’s vogue and ballroom scenes, in which Black and Latinx gay men and trans people sought an aspirational artistic outlet.
FilmRise will initially release Deep in Vogue to theaters virtually beginning Friday (Sept. 18).
The deal was negotiated by FilmRise’s Max Einhorn, VP of acquisitions, and Katie Carroll, manager of independent film acquisitions at FilmRise, and the filmmakers.
“This moving documentary is a wonderful addition to our library of numerous LGBTQI films. Much like The Miseducation of Cameron Post, and Divine Divas, this film shines the light on individuals finding acceptance, love and a safe space of expression after years of feeling alienated,” said FilmRise CEO Danny Fisher in a statement.