BREAKING GLASS GETS THIRSTY

Breaking Glass Pictures has acquired North American rights to the musical biopic THIRSTY. Breaking Glass acquired rights to the film in October in a deal negotiated between Breaking Glass CEO Rich Wolff and Lisa Thomas, CEO of Thin Edge Films.

THIRSTY held its world premiere at the Provincetown International Film Festival where it broke box office records, and its west coast premiere at the Portland Film Festival, where it won the Special Jury Prize. The film went on to play numerous festivals and win various awards, including the Raindance Film Festival, Qflix (Best Narrative Feature), Wicked Queer Film Festival (Audience Award), and the Harlem International Film Festival (Audience Award). The film was also an Official Selection at the Woodstock Film Festival.

THIRSTY stars Scott Townsend, Deirdre Lovejoy (‘The Wire’), Jonny Beauchamp (Stonewall, ‘Penny Dreadful’), Cole Canzano (‘Fool’s Day’), Christopher Rivera (Contest), and Malina Weissman (‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’, ‘Supergirl’).

“Provincetown’s beloved and legendary drag queen Thirsty Burlington (Scott Townsend) shines bright in this amazing ode to growing up “different” and never really trying to fit in”, said Richard Ross, Co-President of Breaking Glass. “This ambitious film crosses all genres from musical to comedy to drama, always remaining fresh and entertaining, much like the film’s star. BGP is very happy to welcome “Thirsty” to our family.”

THIRSTY recounts the true-life story of Scott Townsend, who, from a tender age, was ruled by his slippery gender. Growing up a girly-boy in the projects of Cambridge, MA, under the watch of Doris, his dysfunctional, single mom, Scott was prey to bullying and assault. Already a talented singer and performer, Scott grew up to be revered drag queen Thirsty Burlington, and to delight club goers in Provincetown, MA with her spot-on impersonation of Cher. But even in a gay mecca, being Thirsty comes at a price. Inspired by events in Scott/Thirsty’s life, THIRSTY is a true-life musical adventure as dramatic as it is entertaining.

The film is directed and co-written by Margo Pelletier. Margo passed away after a heroic battle with ovarian cancer in 2016. As an artist, Margo always was clear on her vision for the film, THIRSTY.

When Margo met Scott Townsend, a.k.a. Thirsty Burlington, she realized that she had found the perfect protagonist for the post-queer politics that she herself had been exploring previously in her former work. Because Margo became a filmmaker at the age of 48, not too many funders were willing to take a chance on her and her vision. Often, the key for any great artist to overcome lack of financial support in a way that keeps them in the game is to surround themselves with a strong support system, and Margo did just that with key collaborators on this film, whether they be her producing partner, Lisa Thomas, Laura Kelber, the co-writer, or Fabrizio Fama the film’s lead editor.

“If I can take anything from watching Margo’s experience as a director on Thirsty, it’s this, “Always pursue your dreams no matter how out of reach they may seem and never compromise your vision. Surround yourself with people who bring love and passion to their work and, if you do that, people will rise to the occasion for you beyond your wildest dreams”, said producer Lisa Thomas.

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