By Indiewire Staff | Indiewire January 13, 2011 at 7:51AM
"Road to Nowhere," the first feature film in over two decades from acclaimed director Monte Hellman, is set for a late spring release through monterey media. Starring Shannyn Sossamon, Dominique Swain and Waylon Payne, the film premiered at last year's Venice Film Festival, where Hellman was honored with the Jury Award Special Lion for Career Achievement. "Road to Nowhere" has since had a good showing in the festival circuit with screenings in Vienna, La Roche Sur-Yon, Brisbane, Whistler, Estoril and Palm Springs.
The deal was negotiated on behalf of the filmmakers by Entertainment One International sales agent Charlotte Mickie and world-wide producer's representative Jonathan Dana.
"All through the production and sales process we've been immeasurably aided by passionate and knowledgeable professionals," Hellman said in a statement. "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."
Below is the full release:
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 Jury Award Special Lion for Career Achievement.
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."