Breakfast With Scot: Laurie Lynn’s Comedy (LGBTQ)

Breakfast With Scot, a family comedy from director Laurie Lynn, is the Opening Night of OutFest 2008.

Adapted from the novel by Michael Downing, “Breakfast with Scot” tells the story of a very straight gay couple, Eric (Tom Cavanagh), an ex-NHL hockey player-turned-sportscaster and Sam (Ben Shenkman), a lawyer, who end up with temporary custody of recently orphaned Scot, (Noah Bernett), a budding queen of an 11 year old.

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Tom Cavanagh stars as Eric, a handsome ex-hockey player turned sportscaster, who is living the perfect gay life at home with his lawyer boyfriend. However, their closely-closeted paradise is threatened when they receive news that Sam’s brother Billys (Colin Cunningham) ex-girlfriend has died, leaving custody of her son Scot (Noah Bernett) to Billy. Ed never wanted kids, and certainly never expected one like this. When 11 year-old Scot arrives and they open his duffle bag, they find a pink musical hairbrush, a pink poodle belt and white sock-ettes with lacy fringe at the top. Scot throws Ed and Sam’s life into complete disarray, but they soon find that they cant bear to part with him. “Breakfast With Scot” contrasts the realities of family life against its funniest stereotypes and uncovers how it feels to be a boy who doesn’t quite fit into the role society has prepared for him.

“Breakfast with Scot” represents the first time a professional sports league has allowed their logo and uniforms to be used in a gay-themed movie. During production, in an interview with the Toronto Star, Tom Cavanagh said: “You have to give full credit to the NHL and the Leafs for signing on.”

In a recent New York Times interview, Bernadette Mansur, executive director for the NHL Foundation said, “From our standpoint, this is about a modern family helping to raise a young boy.”

“Breakfast with Scot” is the second feature for director Laurie Lynd, whose 3 short films, “Together and Apart,” RSVP,” Genie-winner “The Fairy Who Didnt Want to be a Fairy Anymore” and first feature, “House,” all played at TIFF and SUNDANCE. Lynd has also had two television films open the Sprockets International Childrens Film Festival “Virtual Mom,” and the BBC mini-series “I Was a Rat,” which won the YTV Silver Sprocket audience award as well as Best Childrens Program at the 2002 Banff International Television Festival.

“Breakfast with Scot” is the fifth film that producer Paul Brown (“I Love a Man in Uniform,” “The Assistant,” “Soul Survivor,” “Virtual Mom,” “Zeyda and the Hitman”) and director Laurie Lynd have collaborated on, beginning with their award-winning short film, “RSVP”, in 1991. “Breakfast with Scot” also stars Graham Greene, Megan Follows, Fiona Reid, Colin Cunningham, Sheila McCarthy, Anna Silk, Benz Antoine, Shauna MacDonald, Robin Brule, Kathryn Haggis, Travis Ferris and Jeananne Goossen.

“We are totally thrilled that Michael Downing’s fantastic novel will reach broad audiences,” said producer Paul Brown. “With the support of the NHL, a breakthrough script and a fantastic cast, we know that Regent is the ideal company to distribute our film.”

The film was produced by Paul Brown and executive produced by Nadine Schiff. Mark Reinhart, West Coast General Manager and Executive Vice President of Distribution and Acquisitions for here! Films negotiated the deal with Miracle Pictures Paul Brown. Regent Releasing will handle the films theatrical release during the Fall of 2008.