Synopsis

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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.

from MONTEREY MEDIA
600 WEST PRODUCTIONS presents in association with STAY GLORIOUS
PAUL EENHOORN RICHMOND ARQUETTE ”THIS IS MARTIN BONNER” SAM BUCHANAN
with ROBERT LONGSTREET and DEMETRIUS GROSSE music by KEEGAN DeWITT
wardrobe and production design by MARGARET KAISER edited by JULIO C. PEREZ IV
photographed by SEAN McELWEE executive producer NICK CUCINELLA
co-produced by AARON SCHNOBRICH produced by CHERIE SAULTER
written and directed by CHAD HARTIGAN
a fiscally sponsored project of IFP (www.ifp.org)

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Press

“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

“The writer and director, Chad Hartigan, transforms the potentially maudlin premise into a luminous reach for grace. As the spare, sharp dialogue and tensely searching performances elicit lives filled with pain and loss, Hartigan’s images (realized by the cinematographer, Sean McElwee) capture a serene spiritual bounty that shines through the daily grit and grind.” – Richard Brody, The New Yorker

“Wonderfully acted and something of a minimalist masterpiece, is a striking, moving ode to lives lived day to day, even hour to hour, in which the smallest gesture has the power to make one hopeful for the next, like a small fire gently stoked.” – Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times

“It is uncommon for a young filmmaker to work so far outside of his age bracket and milieu; it is even more uncommon for one to articulate the anxieties and hardships of middle-age with such sensitivity, sophistication, and perceptiveness.” – Calum Marsh, The Village Voice

“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

“The result is meditative yet stirring, absorbing in its depiction of the furtive messiness that comes with trying to turn a life around.” – Andrew Lapin, The Dissolve

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PREVIOUS FESTIVALS

Off Plus Camera (2014)
Cyprus Film Days (2014)
Gezici Festival (2013)
Torino Film Festival (2013)
Stockholm Film Festival (2013)
Frankfort Film Festival (2013)
Hawaii International Film Festival (2013)
Milwaukee Film Festival (2013)
Film Festival of Columbus (2013)
Sundance NEXT Weekend (2013)
Transatlantyk Film & Music Festival (2013)
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (2013)
Munich Film Festival (2013)
Edinburgh International Film Festival (2013)
BAMcinemafest (2013)
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

Stills

Travis

Travis



Martin

Martin



Martin & Travis

Martin & Travis



Martin

Martin



Travis

Travis



Martin

Martin



Travis & New Friends

Travis & New Friends



Travis

Travis



Diana

Diana



Soundtrack