John Cassavetes Award, 2014 Independent Spirit Awards
“Deeply satisfying … Never pulling emotional strings, the pic’s unwavering understatement pays off in a well-earned ending rich in possibility.” ~ Dennis Harvey, VARIETY
“It’s a movie of considered silences and deliberate pacing, superbly acted and surprising in its
cumulative power.” ~ Scott Foundas, VILLAGE VOICE
“… has a sincerity that creeps up on you and will linger in your mind long after the credits roll.”
~ Peter Knegt, INDIEWIRE
A Yen Tan Film
Two Men. A Small Town. A Love That Isn’t Quite Out of Reach.
Available Digitally January 7th and on DVD February 4th
Bonus Features Include Two Commentary Tracks
SAN JOSE, CALIF. (December 2, 2013) — Inspired by the overlooked gas stations and rest stops of the Texas highways, award-winning Writer/Director Yen Tan’s (Ciao, Happy Birthday), minimalist drama
PIT STOP will be available across all digital platforms beginning January 7th, before debuting on DVD February 4th from Wolfe Video. Illustrating the parallel lives of two gay men living in a small rural town, the film stars Bill Heck (TV’s “Pan Am”) as Gabe and Marcus DeAnda (K-11) as Ernesto, who are both searching for love when they fortuitously cross paths at the local gas station. Amy Seimetz (HBO’s “Family Tree”) plays Gabe’s ex-wife, with Alfredo Maduro (Twiharder) as Ernesto’s former lover, both of whom still factor into their former partner’s lives. PIT STOP is nominated for the John Cassavetes Award at the 2014 Independent Spirit Awards, given to the best feature made for under $500,000. Filmed on location in Austin, Bastrop, Dripping Springs, and Lockhart, Texas, PIT STOP was developed with the assistance of Austin Film Society, Outfest Screenwriting Lab, and the Vilcek Foundation and had its world premiere at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Bonus features include two commentary tracks, the first with Tan, Heck and DeAnda, the second with Tan, Producer Kelly Williams, Cinematographer HutcH and Editor Don Swaynos.
During its run on the film festival circuit, PIT STOP garnered numerous awards, including the Texas Grand Jury Prize at the 2013 Dallas International Film Festival, the Louis LeQuire Award for Best Screenplay at the 2013 Nashville Film Festival, the HBO Film Award for Best Full Length Feature at the 2013 Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, and Bill Heck and Marcus DeAnda shared the Grand Jury Award for Outstanding Actor in a Feature Film at the 2013 Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival. In addition, the film was an official selection at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, the 2013 SXSW Film Festival, and Frameline37 - San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival, as well as the centerpiece film at the 2013 Toronto Inside Out Festival.
PIT STOP takes a subtle and eloquent approach in telling the parallel stories of two gay men in a small Texas town. There’s Gabe: a contractor who’s getting over an ill-fated affair with a married man and finds solace in the relationship he still harbors with his ex-wife, Shannon, and their daughter, Cindy; and there’s Ernesto: a Hispanic lumber yard worker in the midst of splitting up with his live-in boyfriend, Luis, as he receives news from the hospital that his former love, Martin, is in a coma. At the end, when Gabe and Ernesto meet for a one-nighter – having endured all the struggles and heartbreaks and wondering if they’ll ever find love again – they face the possibility that they might just be meant for each other.
PIT STOP has a runtime of 80 minutes and is not rated.
For more information, visit PitStopTheMovie.com. Follow the filmmakers on Twitter at @PitStopthemovie, and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/PitStopTheMovie. Wolfe Video can also be found on Facebook and Twitter at @WolfeVideo.
DVD Catalog # WOL5201D
DVD Pre-book Date: 12/17/2013
DVD UPC Code:754703764010
DVD Street Date: 2/4/14
DVD SRP: $24.95
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