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This is Martin Bonner
USA | 2013 | 83 min | HD projection
narrative | section: Brave New American Cinema
Midwest Premiere

directed by: Chad Hartigan
writer: Chad Hartigan
cinematography: Sean McElwee
editor: Julio C. Perez IV
cast: Paul Eenhoorn, Richmond Arquette, Sam Buchanan, Robert Longstreet, Demetrius Grosse
executive producer: Nick Cucinella
producer: Cherie Saulter
music: Keegan DeWitt
A fifty-something divorced father of two adult children, Martin Bonner (Paul Eenhorn) has relocated from Maryland to Reno, Nevada in order to begin a new career as a counselor to ex-convicts who need help readjusting to the outside world. Martin attempts to fit in with his new surroundings by refereeing kids soccer games and he even takes up speed dating. Travis Holloway (Richmond Arquette) has just been released from 12 years behind bars and, even though Martin is not his assigned mentor, Travis finds himself connecting easily with the older man. These two unlikely protagonists find that they are able to offer each other support and understanding.

Through its direct storytelling and powerful, naturalistic performances, This is Martin Bonner becomes a profoundly moving story of friendship. It is the second feature of writer-director Chad Hartigan, a gifted filmmaker who delivers countless emotional grace notes to the audience without a trick up his sleeve; he simply allows his characters to be real, complex human beings. “Americana of a very immediate sort, a tale of redemption that may leave its viewers with an uncanny sense of peace.” (Variety). Winner, Best of Next, 2013 Sundance Film Festival.
Writer/director Chad Hartigan scheduled to attend.

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