July 2, 2009

Strand Releasing Celebrates 20 Years

Indie film stalwart Strand Releasing is celebrating its 20th anniversary this summer. Over two decades, they have presented a remarkable mix of titles, from Greg Araki's "The Living End" to some of the more interesting international films, like "Head On". They were recently honored at the Provincetown Film Festival and for the next week, MOMA is presenting a "carte blanche" series of Strand titles at their theater on 53rd Street.

Personally, celebrating this anniversary means a lot to me. I've been a member of the Strand family since 1994, when they gave me my start in the film business by picking up my NYU thesis film "Pool Days" and releasing it as part of the "Boys Life" shorts package. Playing around the country on 50 screens, it was such a hit it spawned a series of "Boys Life" compilations. They also were executive producers on my first feature "I Think I Do" and I returned the favor as executive producer of "Boys Life 4", which they also released.

Tonight, there was a wonderful reception to celebrate Strand at the Agnes B. store in Soho. The NY indie world was out in force (including Ted Hope, Christine Vachon, Dylan Leiner, Ryan Werner, and even Charles Busch) to honor their remarkable two-decade run. Congrats Marcus & Jon and long may the Strand banner wave!