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Los Angeles, CA (July 9, 2014) - monterey media is proud to announce the acquisition of all U.S. rights to Jeff Barnaby's acclaimed Rhymes for Young Ghouls starring Devery Jacobs in her 2014 Canadian Screen Award nominated performance. Garnering critical praise at its TIFF premiere as one of the Top 10 Canadian films of the year Rhymes for Young Ghouls will kick off its U.S. debut with prestigious August screenings in Washington, D.C., New York, and Santa Fe presented by the Smithsonian Institution. The deal was inked between Entertainment One Films International & Seville International's Anick Poirier, XYZ Films's Nate Bolotin and monterey media's Scott Mansfield with a late October theatrical release planned.

"Engaging and powerful. Well-told, well-paced and nicely poised between moments of tension and tenderness. The frames are well-lit and well composed and the music perfectly complements the rawness of the film's visual character."
- The Huffington Post

"A breakout hit at the Toronto International Film Festival" - The Hollywood Reporter

"Among this year's emerging talents, Jeff Barnaby is generating buzz with his eye-catching, 1970's - set feature bow Rhymes for Young Ghouls, about a teenage, aboriginal, revenge-seeking drug-dealer."
- Variety

About Rhymes for Young Ghouls
Red Crow Mi'g Maq reservation, 1976: By government decree, every Indian child under the age of 16 must attend residential school. In the kingdom of the Crow, that meansimprisonment at St. Dymphna's. That means being at the mercy of "Popper", the sadistic Indian agent who runs the school.

At 15, Aila is the weed princess of Red Crow. Hustling with her uncle Burner, she sells enough dope to pay Popper her "truancy tax", keeping her out of St.Ds. But when Aila's drug money is stolen and her father Joseph returns from prison, the precarious balance of Aila’s world is destroyed.

Her only options are to run or fight... and Mi'gMaq don't run.

Film Festival WINNER:

Toronto International Film Festival: North American Premiere - Selected as one of the Top 10 Canadian Films of the Year
Tribeca Film Festival: Winner: Creative Promise Awards- The narrative Rhymes for Young Ghouls - 2012 Tribeca All Access (TAA)
Seattle International Film Festival: U.S. Premiere
Winner: Best First Feature prize - Vancouver International Film Festival
Winner: Best Director of a Canadian Film - 2014 Vancouver Film Critics Association

RHYMES FOR YOUNG GHOULS is a Prospector Films production produced through the Canadian Film Centre features program. It is produced by John Christou (Up the Yangze, File Under Miscellaneous), and Aisling Chin-Yee (Three Mothers, Sorry Rabbi) with Justine Whyte as executive producer for CFC Features. Production funding was provided by SODEC, Telefilm Canada, The Movie Network, Movie Central, Entertainment One (eOne), the Canadian Film Center and the Harold Greenberg Fund.

About monterey media Inc.
monterey media is celebrating 30 plus years as an exclusive distributor of quality films. It is a privately owned entertainment industry company specializing in uniquely tailored distribution and marketing for independent films. monterey media films have been nominated or won the Independent Spirit Award, Golden Globe Award, and NAACP Image Award, and includes film premieres at Sundance, TIFF, SXSW, and the Tribeca Film Festivals, as well as being included on Roger Ebert's 10 Best Independent Films list.

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