Tru Loved is a new film from writer-director Stewart Wade (Coffee Date). The charming comedy hits select theaters October 17, but is holding its premiere in Los Angeles on National Coming Out Day, October 11.
Back in July, we got to check out Tru Loved at OUTFEST, the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Film Festival. Damon Romine, Director of Entertainment Media, wrote a review, which is exerpted here:
Tru is a high school sophomore who moves with her two moms to suburban Southern California. She befriends closeted football star Lodell and forms a gay-straight alliance (GSA) after hearing anti-gay remarks at school. She falls for one of the first members, Trevor, a straight ally being raised by his gay uncle. But Tru has promised Lo she will be his "Katie" or faux girlfriend. How she juggles the men in her life takes this high school-set romantic comedy to a new level.
The film features an all-star cameo of queers and allies including Jasmine Guy, Jane Lynch, Alec Mapa, Nichelle Nichols, Alexandra Paul and Bruce Vilanch. Newcomer Najarra Townsend (far left) plays the title character Tru, and won two best actress awards for her work in the film. Co-star Tye Olson (far right) was awarded OUTFEST's best actor for Watercolors.
Wade and producer Antonio Brown are partners in life as well as film, and are themselves raising a 14-year-old son, part of the motivation for the film. The interracial couple also made sure that diversity carried throughout the film in immeasurable ways and multiple mixed-race couples. "It’s really about tolerance and acceptance on so many levels, and that acceptance begins with self-acceptance," Brown told a reporter.
As with Wade's Coffee Date, I marvel at this film's sharp comedic script, pop culture references and the depth of characters (Nichelle Nichols, Star Trek's Uhura, plays a sassy grandmother that had the audience in stitches). While many indie filmmakers find themselves casting unknown or new actors that often work against the film, Wade's two projects have both attracted name talent and character actors that brilliantly balance — and ultimately elevate — the newcomers.
Following New York City and Chicago on October 17th, the film will then open on October 24th and 31st in Los Angeles, Seattle, San Francisco, Berkley, with more cities to follow.
To learn more about Tru Loved, please visit its official site. And check out the trailer!