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The film community lost a friend yesterday with the sudden passing of the beloved Lewis Tice, a longtime champion of queer cinema who was sadly, only 44 years old at the time of his death.

Tice passionately worked in various capacities within the industry throughout his career.  He launched and guided many films to success including  ‘Latter Days,’ ‘Another Gay Movie’ and ‘Mysterious Skin’ for TLA Releasing, where he worked as Vice President of North American Operations at the time of his death.

"Lewis has been my closest colleague for over 10 years. 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," said TLA Entertainment Group CEO Derek Curl.

Lewis also worked at over 20 film festivals including Sundance, the Chicago International Film Festival and Frameline. He served as a film programmer at the Philadelphia International Film Festival and QFest Philadelphia, and also produced several feature films including, 'BearCity,' 'Longhorns' and 'Blood for Irina.'

His death came as incredibly upsetting news to anyone lucky enough to meet or work with him. Please feel free to share your favorite memories of Lewis in the comments section.