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May 16 - June 9, 2013   Start the Festival in style with the SIFF 2013 Opening Night Gala! The evening features the Seattle premiere of Much Ado About Nothing, with director Joss Whedon and cast members Alexis Denisof, Amy Acker, Nathan Fillion, and Clark Gregg scheduled to attend.

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This Is Martin Bonner

Actor Paul Eenhoorn scheduled to attend | May 29 & May 31

Seattle actor Paul Eenhoorn delivers a stunning performance in this deceptively simple and surprisingly optimistic story of a lonely man who gets a job helping ex-cons transition to civilian life. Winner of the Audience Award for Best of NEXT at Sundance. 

Schedule
May 29, 2013
Wednesday
7:00 PM Harvard Exit Date has passed
May 31, 2013
Friday
4:30 PM SIFF Cinema Uptown Date has passed

Paul Eenhoorn stars as Martin Bonner, an older gentleman starting a new life in Reno, NV. He's gotten a job for a Christian organization that helps prisoners transition back to civilian life once they're released, despite having fallen away from the church. Meanwhile, Travis Holloway (Richmond Arquette) has just been released after serving 12 years. Travis adopts Martin as a mentor and an unlikely friendship forms. Director Chad Hartigan has pulled together a quietly observational film that is naturalistic and never boring. Martin fills his weekends by going to auctions and selling his purchases on eBay... and it's fascinating! He referees at kids' soccer games... because he enjoys it! The details are all so believable, thanks to great writing and expert performances, that it's easy to see why it won an audience award at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Though it was made on a shoestring budget, This Is Martin Bonner is less of a youth-obsessed American indie and more like a confident European art film. It's the kind of movie that not only makes you glad you saw it, it makes you feel good.

Director Biography
Chad Hartigan was born in Cyprus and attended the North Carolina School of the Arts for film. In 2008 he wrote and directed his first feature, Luke and Brie Are on a First Date. This Is Martin Bonner is his second feature.

Sponsored in part by Ingeniux

Director: Chad Hartigan
Principal Cast: Paul Eenhoorn, Richmond Arquette, Sam Buchanan, Robert Longstreet, Demetrius Grosse
Country: USA
Year: 2013
Running Time: 83 minutes
Producer: Cherie Saulter
Screenplay: Chad Hartigan
Cinematographers: Sean McElwee
Editors: Julio C. Perez IV
Music: Keegan DeWitt
Website: http://www.martinbonner.com/
Awards: Sundance Film Festival 2013 (Audience Award: Best of Next!)
Filmography: Luke and Brie Are On a First Date (2008)
Language: English
Format: DCP
US Distributor: Monterey Media Inc.
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