Chard Hartigan's THIS IS MARTIN BONNER Set for Summer Theatrical Release


Monterey Media Inc. announced today that the company has acquired U.S. distribution rights to THIS IS MARTIN BONNER, directed by Chad Hartigan. Starring Paul Eenhoorn and Richmond Arquette, THIS IS MARTIN BONNER premiered to critical acclaim at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, and won the festival's 'Best of NEXT' Audience Award.

The striking Sophomore film of writer/director Chad Hartigan, THIS IS MARTIN BONNER is a warm and perceptive meditation on friendship and the human connection. 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.

Quietly observational and naturalistic, the film features noteworthy breakthrough performances from Eenhoorn and Arquette who approach their characters with a lived-in sense of low-key restraint.

Monterey is planning a summer theatrical release for THIS IS MARTIN BONNER followed by an awards push in the fall.

Scott Mansfield, President of monterey media, "Monterey is very proud to be working with Chad on his award-winning thoughtful and moving film."

Hartigan said, "I have no doubt that THIS IS MARTIN BONNER is in the right hands. 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."

The deal for the THIS IS MARTIN BONNER was negotiated by Monterey Media's Scott Mansfield with ICM Partners and Traction Media.

About Monterey Media

Monterey Media ( is celebrating 30 plus years as an exclusive distributor of quality films. It is a privately owned entertainment industry company specializing in uniquely tailored distribution and marketing for independent films. Monterey Media films have been nominated for a Golden Globe Award, Independent Spirit Award, and NAACP Image Award, including premieres at Sundance, TIFF, SXSW, and the Tribeca Film Festivals, as well as a film on Roger Ebert's 10 Best Independent Films list.