Monterrey taps Christian to write ‘Hill’

Scribe will co-produce indie banner's first film

Newly minted indie banner Monterrey Pictures has tapped Nat Christian to pen and co-produce its first feature, “700 Hill.”

Project, targeted for a spring shoot in Mexico and West Virginia, centers on a newly immigrated Mexican family and an Appalachian woman who marries into it in a small coal-mining town in the 1940s. Pic retraces the family’s tragic history since the days of the Mexican Revolution in the 1910s.

Story was inspired by the life of the grandmother of David Mendez, head of Monterrey Pictures.

Project, which will cost about $15 million, is in line with banner’s focus on Latino-themed projects with cross-over appeal, according to Mendez. The software entrepreneur formed the shingle earlier this summer after a career in high tech, including the sale of a company he co-founded, Supplybase.inc, to i2 Technologies for $380 million.

Christian wrote, acted in and directed the recently completed indie feature “Channels.”

Mendez said Monterrey’s goal will be to produce two pics a year with budgets in excess of $10 million.

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