Consider it the little film that could. Despite having already come and gone last summer with a small release, On the Outs is not standing down its attempts to reach people theatrically. While most truly independent productions would be satisfied with a similar year, settling next on the wide reach of DVD, this wonderful film, directed by Lori Silverbush and Michael Skolnik, is deserving of much more. Luckily other people agree; On the Outs is finally being released nationwide.
Following a sprint through the festival circuit, begun in 2004 at the Toronto International Film Festival, On the Outs had not garnered concrete interest from theatrical distributors, although its run was anything but unsuccessful. Awards were picked up at Slamdance, Cinequest, Sonoma Valley, Florida and Deauville, and nominations were received for a Gotham Award and two Independent Spirit Awards. Regardless, the film only played for a short time at New York's Film Forum and then IFC Center. During its opening weekend, On the Outs had the fourth greatest per-screen average box office gross in the country, and its subsequent three weeks weren't so bad either.