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Monterey Media Acquires James Franco-Penned Drama ‘Memoria’

Monterey Media Acquires James Franco-Penned Drama 'Memoria'

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Monterey Media has acquired distribution rights for indie drama “Memoria,” based on a short story by James Franco. The film, which had its world premiere at the Austin Film Festival, stars Sam Dillon, Thomas Mann and Franco and is directed by Nina Ljeti and Vladimir de Fontenay. Franco is also serves as co-producer on the film.

The official synopsis for the film reads, “‘Memoria’ tells the story of Ivan Cohen, an anti-social, self-conscious boy living in the suburbs of Palo Alto, CA. Unable to get along with his dysfunctional mother and stepfather, he retreats to a world of military combat in the confines of his bedroom, struggling to find his place in the world and dreaming of his father who left before he was born.”

“Memoria” will be released in partnership with Art of Elysium, which takes 100% of the film’s proceeds and uses them to bring arts programs to hospitalized youth, elders, the homeless community and more. “Memoria” is set for a 2016 release date.

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