monterey media Acquires Monte Hellman's Road to Nowhere From Entertainment One
January 12, 2011 - Los Angeles - monterey media is proud to announce the acquisition of all U.S. rights to legendary film 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.
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, and Palm Springs, where Hellman was also the subject of a career retrospective.
A late spring release in multiple cities will follow the completion of the film's festival run.
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, Ramblin´ Jack Elliott and other great artists.
Entertainment One holds the worldwide sales rights for the film. Negotiating on behalf of the filmmakers was sales agent Charlotte Mickie of Entertainment One International and world-wide producer's rep Jonathan Dana.
"We are so very excited to bring this extraordinary film to audiences" , stated Scott Mansfield, President of monterey media, "In story, style and artistry, it so embodies everything we love about Independent film."
"All through the production and sales process," noted Hellman, "we've been immeasurably aided by passionate and knowledgeable professionals. Now we have a dedicated and truly independent distributor in monterey and we can't wait to share this continuing 'Road' trip with their sensational team."
About Monte Hellman
"Monte Hellman is a great cinema artist and minimalistic poet. His work has inspired this jury and it's our honour to honor him." - Venice Film Festival Jury
The internationally-acclaimed director of "Two Lane Blacktop," which the New York Times called "a masterpiece... the ultimate road movie... one of the great American films," Hellman's prestigious career also includes cult hits such as "Cockfighter" and "Iguana," as well as his four-film collaboration with actor-writer-producer Jack Nicholson; "Back Door to Hell," "Flight to Fury" and the now legendary Westerns, "The Shooting" and "Ride in the Whirlwind."
Hellman is also known as "the man who discovered Quentin Tarantino," having executive produced Tarantino's dynamic first film, "Reservoir Dogs."
Hellman has been honored with no less than four career achievement awards just in the last few months. The recognition that the world's top critics and film fans have felt was due for him for decades, seems to finally be arriving with a vengeance worthy of his edgy, loner-driven films. The renewed interest in America is more than matched in Europe, where Capricci Films will premiere "Road to Nowhere" at the prestigious Centre Pompidou on February 11 before releasing in France, Spain and Belgium.
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.' "
"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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About Entertainment One
Entertainment One (LSE:ETO) is a leading international entertainment company that specializes in the acquisition, production and distribution of film and television content. The company's comprehensive network extends around the globe including Canada, the U.S., the UK, Ireland, Benelux, France, Germany, Scandinavia, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. Through established Entertainment and Distribution divisions, the company provides extensive expertise in film distribution, television and music production, kids programming and merchandising and licensing. Its current rights library is exploited across all media formats and includes more than 20,000 film and television titles, 2,400 hours of television programming and 45,000 music tracks.
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