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April 5, 2011 - Los Angeles, CA- The Phoenix Film Festival screenings of Ed Gass-Donnelly's SMALL TOWN MURDER SONGS took place this past weekend before audiences at the Shapiro Theatre where the buzz worthy director's second feature film made its Arizona premiere and Ed Gass-Donnelly was honored with the festival's World Cinema Award for Best Director. This marks the most recent win for the SMALL TOWN MURDER SONGS director, whom Variety named as one of their 10 Directors to Watch.

Written by Ed Gass-Donnelly, produced by Lee Kim and Gass-Donnelly and starring Peter Stormare ("Fargo", "The Big Lebowski", "Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters"), Martha Plimpton ("Raising Hope"), Jill Hennessy ("Crossing Jordan", "Wild Hogs") and Aaron Poole ("This Beautiful City"), SMALL TOWN MURDER SONGS was shot in Listowel, Ontario. One of the film's most vital elements and featured throughout the soundtrack is music by Canadian indie-rock band Bruce Peninsula, whose style has been described as "a near indescribable and rousing potpourri of prog, gospel, folk, rock, pop and country."

"Haunting& totally captivating" - The Huffington Post

"A gem. Definitely a winner." - Ain't It Cool News

About Small Town Murder Songs
When a young, unidentified woman is found dead by the lake - the victim of a brutal and violent crime - Walter, an aging small town police officer (Peter Stormare), is called to the scene of the town's first murder investigation in decades.

Haunted by his past, and hampered by the mistrust of the community and a state police officer overseeing the investigation, he sets out to solve the murder, complicated by his ex-lover (Jill Hennessy) and his suspicion of her current boyfriend. As he delves deeper into the crime, his newly-reformed life begins to unravel threatening his relationship with Sam (Martha Plimpton) and intertwining itself within the investigation and possibly the murder itself.

"A must-see fresh take on crime and redemption"  Toronto Star

About The Phoenix Film Festival
The Phoenix Film Festival has been named one of The 25 Coolest Film Festivals by MovieMaker Magazine and has been called the most filmmaker-friendly festival out there. The Festival annually screens over 100 films, holds amazing parties and provides filmmaking seminars to capacity audiences. Over 22,000 attendees enjoy the 8 day festival that takes place all in one convenient location.

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