It’s old news by now but WOW’s own Wash Westmoreland triumphed at Sundance with a DP. No, not double penetration, but a double prize, scooping both the dramatic grand jury prize and the audience award. His film, Quinceañera, written and directed with Richard Glatzer, is a total delight that’s sure to avoid the Sundance curse of zip commercial appeal. You laugh, you cry, it becomes a part of you. Audiences will flock.
The complete adulation with which the film has been greeted is second only to the almost sickening speed with which the film was conceived, written, and shot. Up at the final Queer Lounge blowout, Mickey Cottrell‘s “Homos away from Home,” Wash was telling me that they had the idea on New Year’s day, wrote it in three weeks, and were in production by March. The gestation of indie films can often take years – even decades. The film was also edited by Clay Zimerman, a favorite WOW editor, and produced by Anne Clements, who produced WOW’s Gay Republicans and Totally Gay.
Wash wouldn’t say what the budget was or where it came from (“investors in the valley”), though he did concede that a fierce bidding war is being orchestrated by masters of the game Cinetic (the militaryindustriallegal complex that is John Sloss).
Even though we had nothing to do with Quinceañera, we’re as proud as can be.
– Fenton Bailey
(Photo: Richard Glatzer, Wash Westmoreland, John Sloss before the final screening of their film)