The Women’s Basketball Coaches Association declined to screen “Training Rules,” a groundbreaking documentary about a homophobic college basketball coach, at a coaches’ conference in San Antonio during the women’s Final Four tournament in April. But Kathy Wolfe was not deterred.
Wolfe, the founder and chief executive of Wolfe Video, the company that distributes the documentary, screened it during the conference anyway. Twice.
Over the past 25 years, Wolfe Video has worked to put gay media within mainstream culture. One of the few exclusive distributors of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender films in the United States, the company has helped to bring such award-winning films as “Big Eden,” “Brother to Brother” and “Desert Hearts” before television, movie theater and festival audiences across the country. The company, based in San Jose, currently offers 215 titles under the Wolfe brand, as well as thousands of DVDs from other distributors.
Wolfe Video’s acquisitions are winning major prizes beyond the gay circuit. A recent example is the Peruvian feature film “Contracorriente” (“Undertow”), directed by Javier Fuentes-León, which took home the World Cinema Audience Award in the dramatic category at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. The film’s emotional homoerotic narrative unfolds on Peru’s stunning coastline, far from the gritty urban landscapes that typically serve as backdrops for gay stories.