Atlanta, GA (August 9, 2005): POPfilms is pleased to announce that indie favorite Last Goodbye by writer/helmer Jacob Gentry has been picked up for North American Home Video distribution. The film is being released by Polychrome Pictures, which is distributed in the U.S. and Canada by Warner Home Video. Polychrome is a joint venture between New York based Lightyear Entertainment and Los Angeles based BellaVic Entertainment. In addition, Shoreline Entertainment has come on board to represent the film for worldwide sales excluding North America. Last Goodbye will hit retail shelves September 27, 2005 jam packed with extra features, including a video by the band Altruistic, featured in the film, and commentary with the director and producer.
Last Goodbye premiered at the 2004 Tribeca Film Festival, and went on to play the 2004 IFP/Central Standard Festival and the 2004 Atlanta Film Festival, where it was honored with the inaugural Fred Dresch Memorial Award for local Georgia filmmakers. Last Goodbye was the debut feature from POPfilms, a collective of Georgia filmmakers whose goal is to encourage filmmaking in and around Atlanta.
Geno Taylor of Polychrome says, "Jacob is by far the most talented first time director I've seen in years." Danny Rodriguez, also of Polychrome, adds, "We are very proud to be affiliated with such talented and young filmmakers that we know will continue to produce interesting and complex work. We hope to distribute all of their future films."
Based on the strength of the script, the group was lucky enough to attach such stars as Faye Dunaway and David Carradine to the film, as well as some of their children. Dunaway's son Liam O'Neill stars along with Carradine's daughter Kansas; Clementine Ford, daughter of Cybill Shepherd; Dominik Garcia-Lorido, daughter of Andy Garcia; and Alex Quinn, son of Anthony Quinn. The film was a media darling, with features on ABC's 20/20, the E! Entertainment Network, and feature articles in the New York Times.
"We've had a great run on the festival circuit and look forward to Last Goodbye's new life and audience on home video. It's the kind of movie that gets better with each viewing and we've packed the DVD with fun extras that further the story and characters beyond the movie itself. This disc definitely has the makings of a cult classic."
The deal was negotiated by producer's rep, Christopher Pizzo, and Geno Taylor of Polychrome.
Gentry and Motlagh, hot off the success of Last Goodbye, are currently in development on Honeysuckle Blues, the next venture for POPfilms. Honeysuckle Blues is a Samurai-Ninja musical in the style of an 80s teen comedy centered around the fantastical world of competitive karaoke singing.
"If you thought Last Goodbye was far out then Honeysuckle will blow your lid. It's deliriously funny and relentlessly endearing. Just imagine Goodfellas being about karaoke singers instead of gangsters and directed by John Hughes instead of Martin Scorcese. We're hoping to do with the 80s movie what Tarantino did with the Spaghetti Western."
About Last Goodbye
On a hot summer day in Atlanta, six lives will come together, and come apart. Hot-headed rock star Peter (Liam O'Neill) vies for the attention of Agnes (Clementine Ford, BRING IT ON), an actress known for her role on the campy vampire TV show, "Southern Gothic." Agnes has a hidden connection to a drunken office worker, Roland (Chris Rydell, FLESH AND BONE), who has alcohol-fueled predilections of his own demise. His only salvation lies in a runaway teenage girl, Jen (Sara Stanton) who has her own fantasies of Rock Stars and Movie Gods. Guiding us through this mysterious maze of relationships are a delusional bible salesman (David Carradine, KILL BILL), and a raving film director (Academy Award Winner* Faye Dunaway) who act as modern-day prophets to these young wayward souls.
Based on Patrick Kaye's underground cult novel, Last Goodbye From Way Down Here, this cutting edge mosaic of humor and emotion twists and turns through each character's life spiraling into an intense, revealing climax.
(*1976: Best Actress, "Network")