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LAWRENCE, KS, February 27, 2009 /24-7PressRelease/ -- PorchLight Home Entertainment (PHE) has acquired foreign sales rights to THE ONLY GOOD INDIAN, a new feature film directed by Kevin Willmott (CSA: Confederate States of America) and starring Wes Studi (Last of the Mohicans, Avatar). The film recently premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and screened at The Berlin European Film Market.
Written by Thomas L. Carmody, THE ONLY GOOD INDIAN also stars J. Kenneth Campbell (Bulworth, Yulee's Gold) and newcomer Winter Fox Frank. In the film, Wes Studi portrays an early 1900's Cherokee bounty hunter hired to return an escapee from an Indian boarding school. Winter Fox Frank plays the teenaged student who is trying to get back to his family on the Kickapoo of Kansas reservation and J. Kenneth Campbell plays a legendary "Indian fighter"-turned-sheriff who is after both of them.
The cast also features Paul Butler (Reign Over Me), Thirza Defoe (Pow Wow Dreams), Laura Kirk (Lisa Picard is Famous, Bunker Hill), Blake Robbins (Oz, The Office), Kevin Geer (American Gangster), Christopher Wheatley (Raising Jeffrey Dahmer), Scott Allegrucci (The Feud), Kip Niven (Magnum Force), Delanna Studi (Edge of America), Queen Bey (Ninth Street) and David Midthunder (Hidalgo).
THE ONLY GOOD INDIAN was shot in various Kansas locations. Matthew Jacobson (CSA: Confederate States of America, Bukowski: Born Into This) and Jeremy Osbern (Air: A Musical) are the directors of photography. Thomas L. Carmody, Kevin Willmott, Matt Cullen, Greg Hurd, Rick Cowan and Scott Richardson are the producers. Wes Studi is executive producer. Hanay Geiogamah, J. T. O'Neal and Dan Wildcat are co-executive producers and Stan Herd is the co-producer. The producers were represented by Steven C. Beer of Greenberg Traurig, LLP.
"We were delighted at the positive response THE ONLY GOOD INDIAN received at Sundance," said Kevin Willmott. "We look forward to giving audiences around the world an opportunity to enjoy the film."
Ken DuBow, President of Worldwide Distribution for PorchLight Entertainment commented, "THE ONLY GOOD INDIAN is both a great western and a movie that blasts away with all guns blazing at the traditional 'good guys and bad guys' stereotypes. We are proud to be selling Kevin Willmott's film."
Robert Yu, VP of Acquisitions brokered the deal on behalf of PorchLight Entertainment. Yu added, "This is both an entertaining and historically important film that we are thrilled to be associated with."
Kevin Willmott wrote and directed the highly acclaimed independent feature CSA: Confederate States of America, which premiered at The Sundance Film Festival, and Ninth Street, which starred Martin Sheen and Isaac Hayes. He has written scripts for Oliver Stone, NBC, 20th Century Fox and Columbia Tri-Star. Willmott recently completed Bunker Hill, a feature film starring James McDaniel (NYPD Blue), Saeed Jaffrey (Gandhi) and Laura Kirk ( www.bunkerhillthemovie.com ).
Wes Studi's celebrated acting career includes lead roles in Geronimo: An American Legend, Dances With Wolves, Last of the Mohicans, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, Into the West, Seraphim Falls, The New World, Edge of America and Mystery Men. Studi starred as Lt. Joe Leaphorn in a PBS television series based on novels by Tony Hillerman. His upcoming films include James Cameron's Avatar.
PorchLight Entertainment is a multi-faceted company focused on the production and distribution of high-quality entertainment and licensing and merchandising representation for children's and family brands and trademarks. Since its formation in 1995 by veteran entertainment executives Bruce D. Johnson and William T. Baumann, PorchLight has built a large and diverse distribution library of nearly 200 movies, over 1,000 episodes of children's programs and a growing non-fiction and music programming library. PorchLight has produced more than 40 live-action and animated movies and major animated series including Tutenstein, the multiple Emmy Award winning Series, for Discovery Kids and Jetix Europe; Jay Jay the Jet Plane for PBS; Four Eyes for France 3, Nickelodeon Asia and Nickelodeon Australia; and Adventures from The Book of Virtues for PBS, and a series of direct-to-videos for Leapfrog, the leading electronic toy company. The Company is currently co-producing Animalia for the BBC, PBS, Nickelodeon and Network Ten in Australia and CBC in Canada; Tutenstein: Clash of the Pharoahs for Discovery Kids; The Secret Saturdays for Cartoon Network; A Tad of Christmas Cheer for Leapfrog, and a line-up of live-action and animated movies for the international television and DVD market. In addition to the Company's production divisions, the Company operates two North American DVD distribution divisions, PorchLight Home Entertainment and Condor Home Entertainment, and a Digital Division that is launching internet sites, including KidMango.com and KidVideos.com, targeted at the kids, tween and teen age demographics. For more information, visit www.porchlight.com.
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