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Chad Hartigan's 'This is Martin Bonner' Goes to Monterey Media for Summer Release

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood February 28, 2013 at 1:12PM

Chad Hartigan's "This Is Martin Bonner" has gone to Monterey Media for US distribution. The film, starring Paul Eenhoorn and Richmond Arquette, won Sundance's Best of NEXT audience award. Monterey is eyeing a Summer release and will push for awards consideration in the fall.
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This is Martin Bonner

Chad Hartigan's "This Is Martin Bonner" has gone to Monterey Media for US distribution. The film, starring Paul Eenhoorn and Richmond Arquette, won Sundance's Best of NEXT audience award. Monterey is eyeing a Summer release and will push for awards consideration in the fall.

Hartigan says, "Monterey is committed to bringing unique films to audiences all over the country and I'm honored to join the likes of Guy Maddin and Monte Hellman on the list of their recent collaborators."

Fifty-something Martin Bonner (Eenhoorn) leaves his old life behind and relocates to Reno, where he finds work helping released prisoners transition to life on the outside, while trying his hand at speed dating and passing time as a soccer referee on weekends. Meanwhile, Travis Holloway (Arquette) has just been released from prison after serving 12 years. Surprising both of them, they find unspoken support and understanding as both Martin and Travis struggle in an unfamiliar place—looking for a second chance at life.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.