For Immediate Release – July 6, 2011
(Louisville, Ky.) – Hart/Lunsford Pictures (HLP) is proud to announce that it plans to premier its latest feature film, “Dirty Girl,” in Louisville near the time of the movie’s national release on October 7, 2011. Plans are still being finalized for the invitation-only premiere, to be hosted by HLP partners Ed Hart and Bruce Lunsford. The movie, filmed in 2010, stars Juno Temple, Milla Jovovich, Tim McGraw, William H. Macy, Mary Steenburgen, Dwight Yoakam, and talented newcomer Jeremy Dozier and was directed by Abe Sylvia. It was purchased by the Weinstein Company at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival. Since then, Harvey Weinstein has worked closely with the director to lock a film that is both dramatic and comedic.
The film tells the story of Danielle (played by Juno Temple, who first won praise for her role as a manipulative sister in “Atonement” and who will soon be seen in “The Three Musketeers” and Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight Rises”), the rebellious and raunchy “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 and closeted teen with no friends. Forced together for a school project, they wind up fleeing town and hitting the road together, Danielle seeking the father she has never met and Clarke desperate to escape being sent to military school by his cold-hearted dad.
Ed Hart commented, “People of all ages, both men and women, have responded warmly to the film, which recently won the HBO Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature at this summer’s Provincetown (Massachusetts) International Film Festival. We love this movie and we think Louisville will too!” Hart went on to say, “Harvey Weinstein has impeccable taste and he really likes this film. The Weinstein marketing machine is working full throttle to publicize Dirty Girl’s American debut.”
The trailer for “Dirty Girl” will be aired with three films scheduled for wide release in August and September: “Glee,” “My Idiot Brother,” and “I Don’t Know How She Does It.” The trailer was first seen nationally on July 4, airing on “Entertainment Tonight.” Hart noted, “We’ve gotten a great response from the trailer and we’re pleased with the good reviews we’ve received from advance screenings held for national film critics.”
To date, HLP has co-produced ten feature films, among them last year’s critically acclaimed “Me and Orson Welles,” starring Zac Efron, Claire Danes, and Christian McKay. In a final comment, Hart remarked, “We are fortunate that our films have been well received, but I must confess that, of all the films we’ve produced, “Dirty Girl” is one of my favorites. We’re really looking forward to hosting the Louisville premiere.”
Edward J. Hart
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