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Starring cast includes: Julianne Nicholson, Margo Martindale, Lorraine Toussaint, Takashi Yamaguchi, Diane Ladd, Joel Murray and Bobby Henline

Los Angeles, CA (October 21, 2016) monterey media is proud to announce the acquisition of all U.S. and Canada rights to Maggie Greenwald's film adaptation of "Sophie and the Rising Sun” starring: Julianne Nicholson (currently starring in the USA Network series "Eyewitness”, August: Osage County, Black Mass), Margo Martindale (August: Osage County, Million Dollar Baby, "The Americans”, "The Good Wife”, "Justified”), Lorraine Toussaint ("Orange is the New Black”, Selma, Middle of Nowhere, "Forever”), Takashi Yamaguchi (Letters from Iwo Jima) and Diane Ladd (Joy, Rambling Rose, Wild at Heart, Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore). "Sophie and the Rising Sun” is based on the novel by Augusta Trobaugh.

The deal was negotiated with Cinetic Media's Linzee Troubh and monterey media's Scott Mansfield. "Sophie and the Rising Sun” was the Salt Lake City Gala Premiere presentation film at this year's Sundance Film Festival. The US theatrical launch is planned for early 2017.

"It is rare one finds a film so beautifully realized and yet so poignantly important in its themes which have such resonance in our country today.” commented Scott Mansfield, Managing Partner monterey media

About "Sophie and the Rising Sun"

Set in the autumn of 1941 in Salty Creek, a willowy fishing village in South Carolina, the film tells the compelling story of two interracial lovers, one an open-minded newspaper columnist, the other an Asian gentleman, swept up in the tides of history. As World War II rages in Europe, Mr. Ohta appears in the town badly beaten and under mysterious circumstances. Sophie, a native of Salty Creek, quickly becomes transfixed by Mr. Ohta and a friendship born of their mutual love of art blossoms into a delicate and forbidden courtship. As their secret relationship evolves, the war escalates tragically. And when Pearl Harbor is bombed, a surge of misguided patriotism, bigotry and violence sweeps through the town, threatening Mr. Ohta's life. A trio of women, each with her own secrets - Sophie, along with the town matriarch and her housekeeper - - rejects law and propriety, risking their lives with their actions.

About monterey media Inc.

monterey media is celebrating over 30 years as an exclusive distributor of quality independent films.

It is a privately owned entertainment industry company specializing in uniquely curated 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 (the late) Roger Ebert's 10 Best Independent Films list.

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