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July 5, 2011 2:27 AM
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indieWIRE's Project of the Day: Prisoner Rehabilitation Flick "This is Martin Bonner"

A pre-production image from "This is Martin Bonner." [Image courtesy of filmmaker]

Here's your daily dose of an indie film in progress; at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite.

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"This is Martin Bonner"

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Two men at opposite ends of the social spectrum find themselves starting new lives in the same, small town and form an unlikely friendship.

Elevator Pitch:

Martin Bonner is a 58-year-old man with a new job at a non-profit organization that helps guide a prisoner’s transition from incarceration to the outside world. A stranger in a new town, Martin lets his personal life take a back seat and through work, he finds himself coming to the aid of Travis, a participant in the program who has just been released after serving twelve years. As Travis sets out to find a job, rent an apartment and fulfill the mundane tasks of everyday life, Martin serves as an unofficial mentor and the two find form an unlikely friendship.

Production Team:

Writer/Director: Chad Hartigan ("Luke and Brie are on a First Date")
Producer: Cherie Saulter ("No Matter What," "Medicine for Melancholy")
Cinematographer: Sean McElwee ("Luke and Brie are on a First Date," "Dance Party USA")
Editor: Julio Perez ("The Myth of the American Sleepover")
Composer: Keegan DeWitt ("Cold Weather," "Quiet City")

About the Production:

This film is inspired by my father. A few years ago he really did have to move to a small town for a new job and it got me wondering how a man of his age would make new friends or if he would even try to. Then, the more he would tell me about his work with the prisoners, the more I realized there was a perfect opportunity for someone in that program to serve as an interesting catalyst for a story of friendship and starting over.

Current Status:

The team is pre-production, raising funds and getting ready to go into shooting.

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Editor's Note: The title of this article previously identified the film as a documentary. iW regrets the error.

1 Comment

  • Chad Hartigan | July 5, 2011 6:30 AMReply

    Thanks for writing up the project. Just to clarify though, it is a narrative, not a doc.