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Ensemble cast includes James Franco, Henry Hopper, Calum John, Alec Mansky and Everett Meckler; in theaters Winter 2015

Los Angeles, CA (September 9, 2015) - monterey media is proud to announce the acquisition of all U.S. and Canada rights to Yosemite written/directed by Gabrielle Demeestere. Starring James Franco and Henry Hopper, introducing Calum John, Alec Mansky and Everett Meckler. Based on James Franco's short stories from his collection "A California Childhood." Produced by Rabbit Bandini Productions with The Art of Elysium and Sam Slater and Paul Bernon of Burn Later Productions, the film premiered in January as the Closing Night film at Slamdance where it Won the Award for Best Female Director, Nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the Nashville Film Festival (along with Winner Women in Film Award for Director Gabrielle Demeestere) and Nominated for the Jury Prize at the Sarasota Film Festival.

The deal was negotiated with ICM Partners and monterey media's Scott Mansfield. The US theatrical launch is planned for Winter 2015.

"It's so rare to find such a beautifully crafted, sensitively realized story grounded in the experience of being a young boy," commented Scott Mansfield, Managing Partner, monterey media.

About Yosemite
It's the fall of 1985. The intertwining tales of three 5th grade friends, Chris, Joe and Ted, unfold in the suburban paradise of Palo Alto, as the threat of a mountain lion looms over the community.

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.

About The Art of Elysium
The Art of Elysium, a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization founded in 1997, encourages working actors, artists and musicians to voluntarily dedicate their time and talent to children who are battling serious medical conditions. We provide artistic workshops in the following disciplines: acting, art, comedy, fashion, music, radio, songwriting and creative writing.

Jenny Manocchio
Publicity Director

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