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monterey's Next Stop on "Road to Nowhere": SXSW

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 and 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

Jenny Manocchio
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