(Louisville, Ky.) – “Dirty Girl,” a feature film co-produced by Hart/Lunsford Pictures and iDeal Partners Film Fund and starring Juno Temple, Milla Jovovich, Tim McGraw, William H. Macy, Mary Steenburgen, Dwight Yoakam, and talented newcomer Jeremy Dozier, was sold for $3 million to the Weinstein Company at the ongoing Toronto International Film Festival. The rights sold cover the U.S., U.K., France, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa.
“We were walking into the premiere this past Sunday evening when we got a call from Harvey Weinstein,” Ed Hart said. “So although we missed the premiere because of the ensuing negotiations, we sold the movie.”
“Dirty Girl” was written and directed by Abe Sylvia and is his first feature film. It tells the story of Danielle (played by Juno Temple), the “dirty girl” of Norman, Oklahoma’s high school circa 1987. When Danielle’s outrageous behavior gets her banished to “special ed” class, she meets Clarke (played by Jeremy Dozier), a shy closet-case with no friends. Forced together for a school project, they wind up fleeing town, Danielle seeking the father she has never met and Clarke desperate to escape being sent to military school by his cold-hearted dad.
The glorious ‘80’s soundtrack features a number of Melissa Manchester songs from the period. “It was a wonderful surprise,” remarked Mr. Hart, “when Melissa Manchester appeared at the after-party and serenaded us on the piano with some of her hits.”
Hart went on to say, “I don’t think there’s a better fit for “Dirty Girl” than the Weinstein Company. Harvey Weinstein has a great eye for talent and especially for indie movies with breakout potential. We look forward to seeing “Dirty Girl” get a wide release in 2011.”