Roland Tec is an American writer and movie director. His 1997 film All the Rage is widely considered a hallmark of the Queer Indie Film Movement of the '90s for what was then its unprecedented critical view of A-list gay male culture of perfection.
Early life and education
Tec was raised in Westport, Connecticut by his Jewish-Polish and Holocaust survivor parents Leon and Nechama Tec. His father, Dr. Leon Tec is a noted child psychiatrist. His mother, Nechama Tec, is a sociology professor at the University of Connecticut at Stamford and the author of Defiance: The Bielski Partisans, which was later adapted into the 2008 film Defiance.
Prior to his work in film, Tec was the founder and artistic director of New Opera Theatre Ensemble, a Boston-based improvisational opera company which mounted new work in such unexpected venues as The Boston Public Library and The Charles Hayden Planetarium at Museum of Science, Boston.
All the Rage was discovered by John Tilley at the 1997 Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, Outfest and brought to Mike Thomas, who with Marcus Hu, founded Strand Releasing and then went on to create Rialto Pictures and its offshoot Jour de Fete.
Since his move to New York City in 2000, Tec has continued his work in theatre, mounting shows such as BODILY FUNCTION, which was produced at The Culture Project and produced by Rachel Reiner Productions, LLC, founder of the New Producers Alliance, and THE WRECK BEHIND US at the Duplex, produced by Darren Chilton, Brad Carpenter and Chris Arruda.
Tec's latest directorial effort in film is We Pedal Uphill, a tapestry of Post-9/11 America starring some of New York theatre's finest actors such as Alvin Epstein and David Drake. The film will be released by Cinevolve Studios.
- Harvey, Dennis (June 29, 1997), "All the Rage" (print and web), film review (Variety)
- An Operatic Exploration of Women and AIDS
- One for the Books: An Opera on Literacy
- "Blind Trust": Hold Your Nose
- Smart, gently-barbed look at gay narcissist
- New York Times - concert preview 1993
- New York Times - Margaret Mills concert preview 1990
- New York Times - Renee B. Fischer Piano Competition 1987
- Walters, Suzanne Danuta (2003), All the Rage: The Story of Gay Visibility in America, Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press
- Gates, Anita (October 16), "A Cruel Pecking Order", The New York Times
- Catsoulis, Jeannette (March 20), "Tracking Paranoia and Injustice in 21st Century America", The New York Times
- Tec, Nechama (January 2), "My Lives in Their Hands", The Guardian (U.K.)