Siblings launch company with two features

Filmmakers Mark and Michael Polish have formed Prohibition Pictures. To launch the shingle, they’ve lined up financing for two features they’ve co-written, which will shoot back to back starting next week.

The siblings start with “Manure,” a comedy about manure salesmen in 1960s heartland America that reteams them with their “Astronaut Farmer” star Billy Bob Thornton. Tea Leoni and Kyle MacLachlan also star in the film, which begins production Tuesday.

Days after the film wraps July 14, the brothers will begin production on “Stay Cool,” a comedy that will star Winona Ryder, Sean Astin and Chevy Chase.

The pair co-wrote the scripts, and Mark Polish will be a featured thesp in both films.

They will partner in Prohibition Pictures with longtime collaborator Jonathan Sheldon, financier-producer Ken Johnson and his partner-producer Janet DuBois, who has invested in the company.

The Polish brothers will produce the films with Johnson, Sheldon and DuBois, with Nick Byassee serving as associate producer.

Prohibition Pictures aims to generate two to four independent films per year. The Polish brothers made their debut with the Sundance fave “Twin Falls, Idaho,” and followed with “Jackpot,” “North Fork,” and “The Astronaut Farmer.” The siblings are most comfortable working in the indie arena, and the new venture is designed to let them continue making films with creative autonomy.

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