LGBT Film Champion Lewis Tice Dies at 44

6:24 PM PST 04/02/2014 by Jonathan Handel

The publicist and programmer was a veteran of the independent film business and the festival circuit.

Lewis Tice, who promoted LGBT independent films as a publicist, festival programmer and more, and was known for his good cheer and warm hug, died Tuesday. He was 44.

Tice worked for TLA Releasing from 2003 to 2009 and had rejoined the company in 2011. He was a fixture on the film festival circuit and, according to his biography, had worked at over 20 film festivals including Sundance, the Chicago International Film Festival and Frameline: San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival. He served as film programmer at the Philadelphia International Film Festival and QFest Philadelphia for several years.

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“Lewis has been my closest colleague for over 10 years,” said TLA Entertainment Group CEO Derek Curl as reported by Indiwire. “He was there for most of my firsts in the film business, protecting me from the sharks and introducing me to the people he knew…which was everyone. It is a devastating loss to me personally, to LGBT cinema and to all the filmmakers that relied on his kind soul and glorious laugh to get them through. This most sweet and talented man will be missed by all who had the good fortune to know and work with him.”

Tice had producer credits on Bear City and Longhorns, and executive producer credits on Blood for Irina and the forthcoming Queen of Blood and God Forsaken.

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