Posts Tagged ‘Road To Nowhere’

Steve Erickson On Monte Hellman

Friday, August 19th, 2011

Steve Erickson On Monte Hellman

Critics Roundup: June 16

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

Green Lantern |Yellow||||Yellow
The Art of Getting By ||||Yellow|
Road to Nowhere (NY, LA) |Yellow||Green||
Buck |Green||Green|Green|
Page One: Inside the New York Times |||Green|Green|Yellow
The Battle for Brooklyn |||Yellow||
Mr. Popper’s Penguins |||||Yellow

Critics Roundup: June 9

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

Super 8 |Yellow||Green||Green
The Trip |Green|||Green|Green
Trollhunter ||||Green|
Road to Nowhere (NY) |Yellow||Green||
One Lucky Elephant (NY) |||Green||
Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer |||||Red

monterey’s Next Stop on “Road to Nowhere”: SXSW

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

For Immediate Release

February 2, 2011 – Los Angeles, CA – monterey media is thrilled to announce that legendary film director Monte Hellman’s “Road to Nowhere” is an Official Selection of the South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival, taking place March 11 – 19, 2011 in Austin, Texas. The festival announced their complete features lineup this morning, selected from a record number of submissions.

Attending the festival in support of “Road to Nowhere” is director Monte Hellman, star of the film Shannyn Sossamon, writer and producer Steve Gaydos and from monterey media Scott Mansfield and Jere Rae-Mansfield, who stated “we are delighted to celebrate the 25th anniversary of SXSW and share “Road to Nowhere” with a festival known for its unique spirit and dynamic audience.”

Written by Steven Gaydos, produced by Hellman, Gaydos and Melissa Hellman and starring Shannyn Sossamon (“A Knight’s Tale,” “The Rules of Attraction”), Dominique Swain (“Lolita,” “Alpha Dog”), Waylon Payne (“Walk the Line”), Cliff de Young, John Diehl, and Tygh Runyan, “Road to Nowhere” will have a late spring release in multiple cities following the completion of the film’s festival run. Jonathan Dana serves as worldwide producer’s representative with international distribution handled by sales agent Charlotte Mickie of Entertainment One Films.

About “Road to Nowhere”

In the words of one critic, “With ‘Road to Nowhere,’ Hellman and Gaydos have created a new genre: arthouse pulp. The film’s story focuses on cult film director Mitchell Haven, who has found the material to make his next movie. It’s a true crime story based in the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina, involving a beautiful young woman, Velma Duran, and her older politico lover, Rafe Taschen. Just as their so-called “true crime” goes awry, so does Haven’s obsessed attempt to make art out of their passions and misfortunes.

“Monte Hellman’s first feature film in 21 years is one of his finest and deepest, a twin peak to his 1971 masterpiece ‘Two Lane Blacktop.’ – Variety

“A certifiable masterpiece…. sculpted with light and movement, bodies and sounds, Hellman goes for the essence: hurt and doubt.” – Film Comment

“Hellman’s first feature film in two decades is a triumphant return for one of cinema’s masters.” – Sight and Sound

“’Road to Nowhere’ may also be as significant to the indie feature as ‘Avatar’ is to the popcorn movie.” –The New York Times

About The South by Southwest Film Conference & Festival

The SXSW Film Conference and Festival is a uniquely creative environment featuring the dynamic convergence of talent, smart audiences and industry heavyweights. A hotbed of discovery and interactivity, the event offers lucrative networking opportunities and immersion into the art and business of the rapidly evolving world of independent film.

Over the first five days, the Film Conference buzzes as world-class speakers, creative minds, and notable mentors tackle the latest filmmaking trends amidst the unmatched social atmosphere of the SXSW experience. Simultaneously, the internationally acclaimed, nine-day Festival celebrates raw innovation and emerging talent, with a truly diverse program ranging from provocative documentaries to subversive Hollywood comedies. For more information, visit

Things to Be Thankful For

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

We’re getting an early start to the long holiday weekend around here; Seattle got nailed by an early snow storm, which gave the kids a couple snow days tacked onto the Thanksgiving weekend. So we’ve got the unexpected bonus of a six-day holiday weekend around here, and spirits are high. I hear that Angelina Jolie hates Thanksgiving and doesn’t want to perpetuate celebrating an anniversary of murder, and to that I say, well, good for her, and I guess can see her point.

But for me, Thanksgiving has always been not about the past and Pilgrims and Native Americans, but about the present and the future; it’s a time to take a pause from the hectic pace of life and reflect on the many blessings we have in our lives. Around here, we try to focus with our kids on helping them to be aware of how fortunate we are to have a nice home to live in, plenty of food to eat, warm clothes to wear, jobs that provide the money to support our family. And, of course, to be aware that others are not so blessed, and to make room in our hearts and our budgets to give to those who need a little boost to help them out.

Thanksgiving for me is also about getting mentally geared up for the upcoming Christmas/Hannukah/Kwanzaa season, when we should be as mindful (or more) of giving as well as receiving. This is absolutely my favorite time of the year, and this year in particular my heart feels very full.

I’m very thankful this year for my own good health, and for healthy, happy, well-adjusted kids and a new marriage. I’m immensely thankful to still be employed in a tight economy, and to be able to write and edit for a living when there are many other crappy jobs I could be doing just to make ends meet. I’m thankful for amicable relationships with ex-spouses that allow us to have a crazy, loving, blended extended family where everyone gets along most of the time.

We will be having lots of family time this holiday weekend. In between marathon sledding sessions, warming up with hot cocoa and popcorn by a cozy fire, and delightfully raucous games of Munchkin and Zombie and Chthulu Dice with six kids and two game-geeky grownups, I have big plans this weekend to snuggle up under warm covers and work my way through the stack of screeners beckoning from the foot of the bed.

The screener fairy has been making daily stops by our house, so in between holiday activities and cooking and playing, I’m planning to watch Restrepo, The Kids Are All Right, Road to Nowhere, The Lottery, Somewhere, The American, The Town, Greenberg and Babies. I’m even going to take a second look at Hereafter, and we have both Inception and HP 7.1 to watch again (really loved that movie, though I will enjoy more watching it together with 7.2 after it comes out … I think the pacing will play out better that way).

I’m looking forward to hearing your thoughts on the awards-season movies What do you love? What do you hate? Who’s getting overlooked? Who’s overrated? What do you think about this new docs category at Sundance? Are you fine-tuning your own Top Ten list? Do you care about Oscars and Golden Globes and BAFTAs (oh my)?

Happiest of holidays to you and yours. I hope you enjoy your time with friends and family, as I plan to. But if you need a break from hearing Aunt Ethyl’s stories for the 89,000th time, drop on by and let’s chat about movies too. As for me, I have a few more films I need to see yet in addition to the screeners I have here before I can narrow down my own top ten and gear up for voting with my critics’ groups. True Grit, Rabbit Hole and The Fighter are the big ones I have yet to see before I can hone things down seriously. There is much movie-watching to squeeze in around holiday stuff, but this is such a wonderful time of year, I don’t even mind how hectic it gets.

Happy holidays to all, and I’ll see you after Thanksgiving!

Gaydos On Writing For Monte Hellman

Monday, October 4th, 2010

Gaydos On Writing For Monte Hellman