'Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood' Doc Goes to Greenwich Entertainment

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The Matt Tyrnauer film recounts how a handsome ex-Marine landed in California and ended up arranging and catering to the sexual appetites of celebrities for decades.

Recently formed New York City-based distributor Greenwich Entertainment has acquired all U.S. and Canadian rights to the documentary Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood. It premiered to strong reviews and sold-out crowds in September at the Toronto International Film Festival and will be released theatrically in April.

The latest doc from Matt Tyrnauer (Valentino: The Last Emperor, Citizen Jane: Battle for the City) tells the story of Scotty Bowers, a World War II Marine combat veteran who became a legendary bi-sexual male hustler and all-purpose date-arranger for Hollywood movie stars from the 1940s through the beginning of the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s. Bowers' 2012 tell-all biography Full Service: My Adventures in Hollywood and the Secret Sex Lives of the Stars was a best-seller, offering a powerful counternarrative of Tinseltown and a revised view of the intimate lives of many of the greatest names of Hollywood’s Golden Age. The feature film is a nuanced portrait of the now 94-year-old Bowers, and also contains newly discovered archival footage and photos of Bowers from the '40s, '50s and beyond.

"Scotty is a classic American type: fun, happy-go-lucky, eager to please, big-hearted and literally up for anything — a 'greatest generation' guy who was also perhaps was one of the great sexual athletes of his day. Matt captures the still-spry, and now 94-year-old Scotty brilliantly and uses his story as a jumping-off place to evoke a secret bygone Hollywood and the pressure on that era’s film stars to conform publicly, at least, to the unvarying standard of monogamous heterosexuality,” Greenwich co-managing director Ed Arentz said in a statement. "We’re thrilled to have it as one of our inaugural releases.”

Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood also screened at the Rome Film Festival and DOC NYC. Josh Braun of Submarine handled sales and negotiated the deal with Ed Arentz, co-managing director of Greenwich Entertainment. Corey Reeser produced, with Tyrnauer, out of their Los Angeles-based Altimeter Films. Braun is also a producer.