The striking sophomore film of writer/director Chad Hartigan, THIS IS MARTIN BONNER is a warm and perceptive meditation on friendship, human connection and getting a second chance at life. Fifty-something Martin Bonner (Paul Eenhorn) 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 (Richmond Arquette) has just been released from prison after serving 12 years. Surprising both of them, Travis and Martin form an unlikely friendship that offers them reciprocal support and understanding.
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.
Shot on location in Reno, NV, the film’s stunning visuals create an undercurrent theme of finding beauty in the unexpected.
is an actor who has worked in TV and film since his teenage years, trained in his home town of Perth at the Mt. Lawley Academy of Performing Arts under Aarne Neeme. After moving to Sydney in the late 80’s, Paul continued to train at The Actors Centre. He currently lives in Seattle and has appeared in numerous independent feature films including ZOO, which premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival, and the family film MAX RULES.
was born into a family of three generations of actors. He made his screen debut in Paul Mazursky’s THE PICKLE and first caught attention as the delivery driver at the end of David Fincher’s SE7EN. He re-teamed with Fincher for three more films, most recently THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON. Other recent credits include MADE OF HONOR, Rob Zombie’s HALLOWEEN and a recurring role on Fox’s “Prison Break”. In 2006, he and his family were awarded the Platinum Circle Award from the American Film Institute for their contributions to film and television.
was born and raised in Los Angeles. She has been a part of the family at the Actors Circle Theatre for ten years, instructed by Arthur Mendoza. It was there she felt an instant connection to the brilliant work of Stella Adler. Her passion for the technique lead her to the Stella Adler Conservatory in New York, where she recently completed an intensive program. Her theatrical work in Los Angeles includes: The Gingerbread Lady, How I Learned to Drive, and Stranger.
began his acting career on a 1993 episode of “Matlock” and has appeared in dozens of films and TV shows since, including PINEAPPLE EXPRESS, GREAT WORLD OF SOUND and DIVINE SECRETS OF THE YA-YA SISTERHOOD. In 2011, he appeared in four films that world premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, including THE OREGONIAN and TAKE SHELTER, the latter of which earned Longstreet a Gotham Award nomination. He has also personally championed a number of independent films, serving as executive producer and star for SEPTIEN, THE CATECHISM CATACLYSM and DING-A-LING-LESS.
is quickly becoming one of the hardest working men in television, racking up guest starring appearances on “Criminal Minds,” “House M.D.,” “Bones,” and “CSI: Miami,” as well as recurring roles on “Heroes,” “ER,” and “Justified,” and a regular spot on the new Cinemax series, “Banshee.” He recently starred in the independent feature, THE INHERITANCE and has been active on the stage, earning the 2009 NAACP theatre award for the off-Broadway run of “Black Angels Over Tuskegee.”
was born in Nicosia, Cyprus and attended the North Carolina School of the Arts, School of Filmmaking. He wrote and directed his first feature, LUKE AND BRIE ARE ON A FIRST DATE in 2008, which premiered at the Hamptons International Film Festival and went on to spawn a Latin American remake in 2013 called LUNA EN LEO. THIS IS MARTIN BONNER is his second feature.
grew up in a small town in Northwest Florida and traveled not too far away to acquire her degree in Filmmaking from Florida State University. She has recently worked as associate producer on THE MYTH OF THE AMERICAN SLEEPOVER, which premiered at South by Southwest in 2010 and is one of the few American independents playing at the Cannes Film Festival. As producer, her credits include MEDICINE FOR MELANCHOLY, which played at the 2008 Toronto Film Festival and earned Cherie an NAACP Image Award nomination. In 2011, she produced and directed NO MATTER WHAT, which premiered at South by Southwest.
graduated from the North Carolina School of the Arts with a BFA in Cinematography in May of 2004. Since then, he has worked in the camera department on music videos for Panic at the Disco, Paramore and Plain White T’s, the HBO series “On Freddie Roach”, and the feature films NOT ANOTHER GAY MOVIE, COLD WEATHER and JONAS BROTHERS: THE 3D CONCERT EXPERIENCE. As a director of photography, he has shot the award winning DANCE PARTY USA and LUKE AND BRIE ARE ON A FIRST DATE.
was raised in Portland, Oregon and attended SUNY Purchase for film direction, before transferring to the Atlantic Theater Company Acting Conservatory where he completed the 2 year professional program. Close friends since high school, DeWitt and filmmaker Aaron Katz have been longtime collaborators, bringing three separate films to SXSW: Cold Weather (IFC), Quiet City and Dance Party USA, the first two would be named as NY Times Critic’s Picks. DeWitt would go on to also score close friend Chad Hartigan’s Sundance debut “This Is Martin Bonner”, after having already scored his first film “Luke & Brie Are On A First Date”.
Along with these films, he has continued to bring scores to SXSW, Sundance, The LA Film Festival and more each year, all while working on a commercial level with Facebook, Merrell, Country Time Lemonade, Amtrak, Dolby, Save The Children and more. HBO and MTV have most recently released two of his scores for acclaimed documentarians Sean Fine and Andrea Nix-Fine.
Keegan is also an established performer in his own right with a lengthy solo career and a recent LP with his band Wild Cub receiving acclaim from SPIN, PASTE, American Songwriter, MTVHive, Wall Street Journal and more.
graduated with an MFA from Florida State University and has worked steadily as an editor in reality TV on shows such as “When Vacations Attack.” In 2010, he edited THE MYTH OF THE AMERICAN SLEEPOVER, which played at the Cannes Film Festival and served as an editor for the 2012 Sundance Directors Labs.
was born in Elyria, Ohio and since then has worn no fewer than three outfits a day, not including her birthday suit. A seamstress since the age of 9 and now a professional thrift store/yard sale enthusiast, THIS IS MARTIN BONNER is her first feature film project as a production designer and wardrobe stylist. She has previously worked on countless commercials and shorts in Los Angeles.
“Acted with smart restraint and shot with corresponding composure, this is a somber, slow-moving drama built out of small but acutely observed moments of naturalistic human behavior.” – David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter
“A mood piece, a character study and an exercise in poetic gesture possessed of a sort of evanescent, secular spirituality. Chad Hartigan’s second feature is Americana of a very immediate sort, a tale of redemption that may leave its viewers with an uncanny sense of peace.” – John Anderson, Variety
“Lushly photographed by Sean McElwee and gorgeously scored by Keegan Dewitt, Hartigan’s note perfect drama about late life new beginnings features memorably honest performances from Paul Eenhoorn and Richmond Arquette.” – Michael Tully, Hammer to Nail
“An unassuming gem. Chad Hartigan puts his faith in average people and little moments, watching as they forge connections almost in spite of themselves.” – Ty Burr, The Boston Globe
“Chad Hartigan’s pensive, placid character study is almost designed to resist praise, but its accretion of quiet moments reveals the way transcendence lurks in every corner of ordinary life.” – Sam Adams, The A.V. Club
“This is Martin Bonner is excellent. Humane, generous miniature on loneliness.” – Guy Lodge, Hitfix
“Hartigan is wonderful at conveying the vivid, simple humanity in all of us, and especially, those desperate moments of true vulnerability.” – Francesca McCaffery, BlackBook
“Frankly, it offers some of the most mature and nuanced discussions of Christianity in everyday practice you are likely to see. Paul Eenhoorn’s performance as Bonner is arguably Oscar caliber.” – Joe Bendel, Libertas Film Magazine
“A masterful exercise in minimalism and subtlety.” – Don Simpson, Smells Like Screen Spirit
“The acting is quietly understated and natural and both male leads are magnetic in their authenticity.” – Jeanette Reedy Solano, Journal of Religion & Film
Cinetopia International Film Festival (2013)
Oak Cliff Film Festival (2013)
Seattle International Film Festival (2013) – *Honorable Mention* Best Actor
Maryland Film Festival (2013)
Middle of the Map Fest (2013)
Independent Film Festival of Boston (2013) – *Winner* Grand Jury Prize- Best Narrative
Free State Film Festival (2013)
Nashville Film Festival (2013) – *Winner* Best Actor & Best Score
River Run Film Festival (2013)
Wisconsin Film Festival (2013)
Chicago Film Critics Festival (2013)
Sarasota Film Festival (2013) – *Winner* Special Jury Prize- Artistic Accomplishment
Florida Film Festival (2013) – *Winner* Grand Jury Prize- Best Narrative Feature
Oxford Film Festival (2013)
Sundance Film Festival (2013) – *Winner* Audience Award- Best of NEXT