Hellman's Road Heading to Film Society of Lincoln Center
April 19, 2011 - Los Angeles, CA - monterey media is pleased to announce the New York City and Los Angeles Premieres of director Monte Hellman's Road to Nowhere, the acclaimed director's first feature film in more than two decades. Road to Nowhere premiered at the 2010 Venice Film Festival where Hellman was presented the prestigious Special Lion for Contribution to World Cinema.
On Saturday, May 14th, the American Cinemateque presents a special premiere of Road to Nowhere, as the culmination of a three day Monte Hellman Tribute at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, prior to the film's theatrical opening at Laemmle's Sunset 5 and Laemmle's Playhouse on June 17th. The Film Society of Lincoln Center will present their special premiere of the film at the Walter Reade Theatre in Manhattan on June 8th before Road to Nowhere opens at the Village East Theatre on June 10th.
Written by Steven Gaydos, produced by Hellman, Gaydos and Melissa Hellman and starring Shannyn Sossamon ("A Knight's Tale," "The Rules of Attraction"), Dominique Swain ("Lolita," "Alpha Dog"), Waylon Payne ("Walk the Line"), Cliff de Young, John Diehl, and Tygh Runyan, Road to Nowhere was shot in world-wide locales including Los Angeles and the Smoky Mountains in the United States; Lago di Garda, Verona and Rome, Italy; and London, England.
After its successful Venice Festival premiere, Road to Nowhere has played to rhapsodic reviews and been embraced by adventurous audiences at festivals in Vienna, La Roche Sur-Yon, Brisbane, Whistler, Estoril, SXSW, Nashville and Palm Springs, where Hellman was also the subject of a career retrospective.
Featured prominently on the film's soundtrack is music by Tom Russell, the renowned American alt-country singer-songwriter whose songs have been recorded by Johnny Cash, Nancy Griffith, kd Lang, Suzy Bogguss, Ramblinī Jack Elliott and other great artists.
About "Road to Nowhere"
In the words of one critic, "With Road to Nowhere, Hellman and Gaydos have created a new genre: arthouse pulp."The film's story focuses on cult film director Mitchell Haven, who has found the material to make his next movie. It's a true crime story based in the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina, involving a beautiful young woman, Velma Duran, and her older politico lover, Rafe Taschen. Just as their so-called "true crime" goes awry, so does Haven's obsessed attempt to make art out of their passions and misfortunes.
"Monte Hellman's first feature film in 21 years is one of his finest and deepest, a twin peak to his 1971 masterpiece 'Two Lane Blacktop.'" - Variety
"A certifiable masterpiece... sculpted with light and movement, bodies and sounds, Hellman goes for the essence: hurt and doubt." - Film Comment
"Hellman's first feature film in two decades is a triumphant return for one of cinema's masters."- Sight and Sound
"'Road to Nowhere' may also be as significant to the indie feature as 'Avatar' is to the popcorn movie."- The New York Times
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