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February 5, 2013 - For the fifth consecutive year, monterey media is proud to announce the acquisition of all U.S. rights to a TIFF premiere film, The Lesser Blessed.

Based on the novel of the same name, this powerful coming-of-age story stars Benjamin Bratt (Traffic, Pinero, Miss Congeniality and Law & Order), Kiowa Gordon (The Twilight Saga), Chloe Rose ("Degrassi: The Next Generation") and introducing Joel Nathan Evans. Written & Directed by Anita Doron (The End of Silence) and produced by Christina Piovesan of First Generation Films, Executive Producer Richard Van Camp and co-producer Alex Lalonde. The Lesser Blessed premiered as an Official Selection at the recent Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and will launch theatrically in the late Spring of 2013. Rights were acquired from Entertainment One Films International.

"5 Stars. An incredibly current, visually stunning, poetic, heart-aching and dramatic story. The Lesser Blessed is my favorite film of TIFF, amongst considerable competition."

"Powerful" "Riveting" "Important"
- The Filmstage - Fire and Ice -

"[Richard Van Camp's The Lesser Blessed is] Holden Caulfield with sex, drugs, and rock & roll."
- Quill & Quire
About "The Lesser Blessed "
Based on the critically acclaimed novel by Richard Van Camp, The Lesser Blessed is an eye-opening depiction of what it is like to be a vulnerable teenager in today’s modern world. Through the eyes of Larry Sole, a Native-American teenager filled with bravado and angst, comes the story of three unlikely friends isolated in a small rural town discovering what they can of life and love amid racial tensions and the recklessness of youth, in a world clouded by a dark mystery from his past.

About monterey media
monterey media inc. is celebrating 30 + years as an exclusive distributor of quality motion pictures and programs. Specializing in uniquely tailored distribution and marketing for independent films, and actively engaged in all areas of domestic media, monterey media films have been nominated for a Golden Globe Award, Independent Spirit Award, and NAACP Image Award. Our films include premieres at the Sundance Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, SXSW and the Tribeca Film Festival, as well as a film on Roger Ebert's 10 Best Independent Films list.

monterey media Film Premieres from TIFF:
2012 – The Lesser Blessed starring Benjamin Bratt
2011 – Guy Maddin’s Keyhole starring Jason Patric, Isabella Rossellini, Udo Kier
2010 – Small Town Murder Songs starring Peter Stormare, Jill Hennessy, Martha Plimpton
2009 – Lovely, Still starring Martin Landau, Ellen Burstyn, Elizabeth Banks, Adam Scott
2008 – the Secrets starring Fanny Ardant

About Entertainment One
Entertainment One Ltd. (LSE:ETO) is a leading international entertainment company that specializes in the acquisition, production and distribution of film and television content. The company’s comprehensive network extends around the globe including Canada, the U.S., the UK, Ireland, Spain Benelux, France, Germany, Scandinavia, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. Through established Entertainment and Distribution divisions, the company provides extensive expertise in film distribution, television and music production, family programming and merchandising and licensing. Its current rights library is exploited across all media formats and includes more than 35,000 film and television titles, 2,700 hours of television programming and 45,000 music tracks.

eOne Films International is the division's global sales arm, acquiring titles from leading indie film producers and selling them to distribution partners worldwide. Recent titles generating critical acclaim and strong sales include award winners THE HUNTER and SLEEPING BEAUTY and Academy Award® nominees BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD, INCENDIES, ANIMAL KINGDOM and WASTE LAND. Upcoming titles include THE F WORD and CUT BANK.

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Publicity Director

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