Strand Releasing has unveiled the trailer for Eric Steele’s upcoming film “Minion” which had its world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival and received a special mention at the Jerusalem Festival.
The feature will make its North American premiere on October 22 in New York. It will be released in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago and across the country. On top of the win in Jerusalem, the movie won the Grand Jury Award for Best U.S. Narrative Feature at Outfest.
“Minion” tells the story of David, a young man from Brooklyn who came in the 80’s with a sexual identity about the AIDS crisis as well as his position in the Jewish community. She is married to an elderly gay couple, one of whom dies, her support ends and the other is forced out of her housing project. David eventually builds a “minion” to protect the man from living in his apartment.
The film is written by Steele and Daniel Pearl, based on a short story by David Bezmozgis. It is produced by Luca Borgis and Ben Howe. Steel production credits include “Julia and Julia,” “Angela’s Ashes” (as executive producer), “Bringing the Dead Out” (as co-producer).
“I saw ‘Minian’ at the Berlin Film Festival and was fascinated by its amazing humanity, details of Eric Steele’s period and most importantly the incredible performances of Samuel H. Levine’s David and veteran actor Ron Rifkin”, co-founder of Strand Releasing.
Hu said he knew Eric from his previous film “The Bridge”, “a documentary about the Golden Gate Bridge and it’s tempting as a place for people to jump from a place of suicide.” “The document, inspired by the New Yorker article, was distributed by the IFC.
“There is a special way that strangers go through strange countries. Immigrants, Jews, homosexuals – in order to survive, they have learned to be interested observers, listeners rather than speakers, always looking for danger and openness. They carry history under the skin, and do less to fulfill a promise in the future, ”Steele said in a statement from his director.
Steele said he was inspired by a line from James Baldwin (…) that “plays a central role in Minion: ‘Go back to where you started, or go back as far as possible, check everything, travel your road again and Say the truth about it, sing or shout or testify or keep it to yourself, but know where you come from.