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Los Angeles, CA (September 20, 2013) - monterey media is proud to announce the acquisition of all US rights to "The Wait," a haunting story of two sisters who contemplate their mother's resurrection following a mysterious phone call. Starring Chloë Sevigny - Academy Award Nominee, Golden Globe & Independent Spirit Award Winner (Boys Don't Cry, "Big Love", American Psycho, "American Horror Story") and Jena Malone - Golden Globe & Independent Spirit Award Nominee (co-starring in the upcoming The Hunger Games: Catching Fire as Johanna Mason, Into the Wild, Sucker Punch, Contact, Bastard Out of Carolina). The deal was concluded between monterey's Scott Mansfield and Ryan Kampe of Visit Films. "The Wait" had its world premiere as an Official Selection at SXSW, monterey plans a theatrical release in early 2014.

"Seductive qualities... The film is beautiful. Leads Chloe Sevigny and Jena Malone should draw attention ... Blash's quiet command of mood and mystique is an equal asset."
- The Hollywood Reporter

"(A) surreal – and stunningly shot – backdrop of isolation and immersion, beauty and loss."
- Austin Chronicle

"A haunting film with powerful performances all around... beautifully shot with vibrant colors and visually striking tones... a remarkable film"
- Austin Daze

"We are so very pleased to be adding yet another quality film having had its premiere at SXSW. "The Wait" will surely keep audiences enthralled as the intense performances are not to be missed." commented Jere Rae-Mansfield, Managing Partner monterey media.

About "The Wait"
An enigmatic phone call from a psychic catapults a family into a state of suspended belief while waiting for their recently deceased mother to be resurrected. One sister believes the claim, and the other staunchly opposes it until she encounters a chance at love, giving her hope that anything, even resurrection, is possible. A discordant struggle between sisters plays out in a world where the virtual and real converge.

About the Filmmaker
M Blash (Writer & Director) : M Blash studied film at New York University and The School of Visual Arts: BFA. Lying, his ultra low budget first feature, premiered in the Director's Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival. A multi-disciplinary artist, M's art consists of drawing, collage and video, and has been shown at galleries in New York, Miami, Los Angeles and Portland. He is native to Portland, Oregon and currently lives in New York City.

About the Production Company
Essentia is an independent film production company founded by Leonardo Guerra Seràgnoli in 2006. Credits include Italian production, Arianna (pre-production) directed by Carlo Lavagna and starring Agnese Claisse. Jack and Diane (2012) directed by Bradley Rust Gray and starring Juno Temple, Kylie Minogue, Riley Keough Regia: Bradley Rust Gray.

Diarchia (Italy 2010) directed by Ferdinando Cito-Filomarino starring Riccardo Scamarcio, Louis Garrel and Alba Rohrwacher. W.A.R. (USA/Italy, 2010) Directed by Leonardo Guerra Seràgnoli and starring Jena Malone, Gabe Nevins, Daniel Ball, Linda Thorson and Wass Stevens.

About the Producers
"The Wait" was Produced by Neil Kopp (Night Moves, Paranoid Park), Riel Roch Decter (Bottled Up), Ryan Crisman, and David Guy Levy (Would You Rather) with the support of Leslie Urdang and Dean Vanech of Olympus Pictures (Beginners, Rabbit Hole, Thanks for Sharing).

About monterey media inc.
monterey media ( is celebrating 30+ 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 for Golden Globe Award, Independent Spirit Award, and NAACP Image Awards and include films having premiered at Sundance, TIFF, SXSW, and the Tribeca Film Festivals, as well as a film on Roger Ebert's 10 Best Independent Films list.

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