Breaking Glass Pictures has acquired North American rights to writer/director Max Emerson’s poignant LGBTQ tale HOOKED. Breaking Glass acquired rights to the film in April in a deal negotiated between Breaking Glass CEO Rich Wolff and Max Emerson on behalf of the Hooked Project. The film will open theatrically in Los Angeles on June 1, followed by a DVD & VOD release on June 5, 2018.
Described as a film that will “hook audiences from start to finish” (Gay Essential), HOOKED held its world premiere at Inside Out, and its US premiere at Newfest as a benefit for the Ali Forney Center. The film stars Laura Austin, Conor Donnally, and Jay Alan Christianson (‘Balck-ish’), and is proudly produced by Melissa D. Llewellyn (The Big Take, Ancient Tomorrow).
HOOKED follows 18-year-old hustler Jack and his boyfriend Tom. They are an item, close and very much in love. However, Jack tends to be very impulsive with his body and emotionally explosive. Matt, a married man who hasn’t come out of the closet, decides to take Jack from NYC to Miami with the intention of helping him before it’s too late.
[better-reviews] Not just a cautionary tale of life on the streets, HOOKED is proud to announce that a percentage of the profits from the film will be donated to non-profits and partner organizations to support the homeless LGBTQ youth demographic. Partner organizations include the Ali Forney Center, the Los Angeles LGBT Center, Albert Kennedy Trust, Lost and Found, and GLAAD.
“It’s apparent that LGBTQ kids need a place they can go to be safe…to find guidance from people who actually identity with the things they are going through”, said Emerson. “It’s not special treatment, it’s a necessity.”
In the US, LGBTQ youth are 8 times more likely to end up homeless, and those homeless individuals are 7.4 times more likely to experience acts of sexual violence and more than twice as likely to commit suicide than their heterosexual counterparts according to the National Coalition for the Homeless. It’s common for non-LGBTQ shelters to simply refuse service to transgender teens.
“Writer/Director/Producer Emerson has taken the near impossible task of taking the serious subject of homelessness among LGBTQ youths, and crafting a narrative that is cautionary, but also entertaining and sexy”, said Richard Ross, Co-President of Breaking Glass. “With terrific lead actors who manage to be simultaneously charming and abrasive, yet very real, the film places you directly in the center of their lives.”
Running Time: 90 min.
Audio: Dolby 5.1
Jay Alan Christianson
Director: Max Emerson
Written by: Max Emerson
Producer: Melissa D. Llewellyn