Monterey Media has acquired U.S. distribution rights to Chad Hartigan’s drama “This Is Martin Bonner,” starring Paul Eenhoorn and Richmond Arquette.

“Bonner” premiered at Sundance in January and won the festival’s Best of Next Audience Award.

Story centers on a man who leaves his old life behind and relocates to Reno, where he finds work helping released prisoners transition to life on the outside and meets a woman who has just been released from prison after serving 12 years.

Monterey is planning a summer theatrical release followed by an awards campaign in the fall.

The deal was negotiated by Monterey Media’s Scott Mansfield with ICM Partners and Traction Media.
“Martin Bonner” is a 600 West Prods. presentation in association with Stay Glorious. Producer is Cherie Saulter with Nick Cucinella exec producing.

John Anderson said in his Variety review at Sundance, “Saintliness and cinema are an odd couple, enough so that auds will be caught off-guard by “This Is Martin Bonner,” a mood piece, a character study and an exercise in poetic gesture possessed of a sort of evanescent, secular spirituality. Helmer Chad Hartigan’s second feature (after “Luke and Brie Are on a First Date”) is Americana of a very immediate sort, a tale of redemption that may leave its viewers with an uncanny sense of peace.”