Stewart Wade was named one of Outfest 2006 “Five in Focus” – feature film directors chosen as “the next wave of hot new talent.” Early in his career, two of Stewart’s stage plays were produced in Los Angeles (Opening Night and Second Chance). His first screenplay, On The Line, was optioned by Joanna Lancaster (executive producer of Ruthless People) and a screenplay called Wish List sold to German television. Directed by Wiktor Grodecki, the film was retitled Ich Wunch Die Liebe (I Wish to Live) and was so successful that it was subsequently released theatrically.
Shortly thereafter, Stewart wrote and directed the short film Coffee Date, which screened at over 35 festivals worldwide and won several major awards, including Best Short Film at the Honolulu International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival and the Madrid Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, and the Jury Award for Comedy in the Bargain Basement Film Festival. It was released early in 2005 as part of a compilation of shorts titled Straight Men and the Men Who Love Them (Ariztical Releasing). Stewart’s most recent short, Stag Party, played at over 15 festivals.
In 2005, Stewart wrote, directed and co-produced the feature-length version of Coffee Date, starring Wilson Cruz, Jonathan Silverman, Sally Kirkland, Elaine Hendrix, Jason Stuart, and Deborah Gibson. Coffee Date began its commercial, theatrical release in November 2006 (distributed by Film and Music Entertainment). It continues to play the international film festival circuit (over 30 festivals so far) and won the Audience Award for Best Feature Film at the Salem Film Festival and at the Sedona International Film Festival. The film also won an Audience Award at the 2006 Breckenridge Film Festival. Coffee Date is being released on DVD by TLA Releasing, and will premiere on MTV’s LOGO channel in December 2007. (www.stewartwadefilms.com/truloved)