North of Two has set a December 7 release date for Nona, Kate Bosworth and Michael Polish’s feature film that the distributor acquired in May.
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The 35-year-old actress now works closely with CAST, the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking. Her involvement came after she teamed up with her director husband, Michael Polish, on their drama Nona, which tells the story of a girl from Honduras who puts her faith in the wrong person while escaping to America to reunite with her mother.
“Traffickers prey on the most vulnerable in society,” says the actress, who is one of PEOPLE’s 25 Women Changing the World. “So ultimately, it’s very desperate human beings wanting a different life and taking a chance. Though the dangers of their chance are high, in their minds, it pales in comparison from where they came from.”
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Angela Shelton‘s Heart, Baby (2017) movie trailer stars Gbenga Akinnagbe, Jackson Rathbone, Shawn-Caulin Young, Ritchie Montgomery, and Justice Leak.Heart, Baby‘s plot synopsis: “[George Lee Martin] and Doc, best friends from reform school to life in prison where George becomes an unbeatable prison boxer, with songwriter Doc as his cornerman. When George is offered freedom to fight in the 1984 Olympics he shocks everyone by turning it down, sending Doc on a journey to discover the true meaning of friendship, faith, and heart.”
I am looking forward to finding out in the film why George Lee Martin turned down such an incredible opportunity, an opportunity that he had earned.
In the first trailer for the Angela Shelton-directed Heart, Baby! Gbenga Akinnagbe (The Wire, The Deuce) puts on the gloves and enters the ring as real-life George Lee Martin who becomes an unbeatable prison boxer while serving time in the Central Tennessee State Penitentiary.
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Ted Welch’s comedy “Wild Man” has been acquired for global distribution by North of Two for a winter theatrical release, Variety has learned exclusively.
Jacquie Phillips and Stefanie Black directed from a script by Black and Welch about a man who drinks his way into a 90-day house arrest while home for his high school reunion. He forms an odd friendship with an awkward former classmate who lives across the street.
“It’s the perfect mix of charm and nostalgia. Jacquie and Stefanie have knocked this out of the park,” says North of Two CEO Mark Cartier.
“Wild Man” also stars George Dalton, Christine Woods, Mike Vogel, Kate Upton, Stefanie Black, Joe Mullen, Brandon Hirsch, Chris Greene, Rasheed Stephens, and Tim Rock.
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North of Two has acquired the worldwide distribution rights to the dark comedy "BULLY" planning a release in the fall, Variety has learned exclusively.
Tucker Albrizzi stars as a quiet, high-school student tormented by a school bully and his cronies. After an altercation on his way home from school lands him a chance meeting with a former professional boxer, played by Ron Canada, he decides to learn how to defend himself and start going to the boxing gym with a trainer, portrayed by Danny Trejo.
“I love movies about underdogs and I love filmmakers who don’t let being an underdog get in their way,” said North of Two president Mark Cartier.
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KATE BOSWORTH AND MICHAEL POLISH’S NONA LANDS DISTRIBUTION DEAL WITH “NORTH OF TWO”
EXCLUSIVE: North of Two has acquired distribution rights Kate Bosworth and Michael Polish’s feature Nona which has been making the festival rounds. The film, which puts a face to Central America’s sex trafficking industry, was produced under the couple’s Make Pictures Productions. It will be released theatrically this fall.
Nona tells the story of a girl from Honduras who meets a charming boy, Hecho who promises to get her safely to America to reunite with her mother. Instead, Nona faces a perilous journey when he doesn’t deliver on that promise. Nona — short for No Name — will deliver a message to change the way the world is dealing with sex trafficking.
“All of our “North of Two” filmmakers define the spirit, determination and grit that living North of Two means,” said CEO Mark Cartier. “Both Kate and Michael have created something beautiful with NONA that goes beyond the typical film experience. It embodies everything “North of Two” is about and we are excited about this new partnership.”
“Michael and I are devoted to Nona, and we feel the subject matter is more crucial than ever. After reviewing numerous offers, it became clear that there was no better choice than North of Two. Their experience, passion, and renegade spirit mirrors how we made the movie. We have met our match,” said Bosworth.
Further solidifying this partnership, North of Two supports female filmmakers and diversity, helping to bring stories to life on more than one level. The company recently financed the completion Adolescence directed by Ashley Avis (who is the writer/director for the Black Beauty remake).
North of Two also recently partnered with writer, director, producer Angela Shelton, and completed the financing of Heart Baby!, in prep for theatrical release and international sales. Before the ink was dry on her first feature, North of Two produced, financed and are now distributing her second feature, The Eagle and the Albatross. North of Two has already signed on for her next two features and a TV series.
Bosworth will next be seen in MGM’s post-apocalyptic drama The Domestics June 28, 2018. She most recently starred in National Geographic series The Long Road Home and seasons 1 and 2 of Sony/Crackle’s The Art of More opposite Dennis Quaid. She is repped by CAA, Management 360 and Morris Yorn Barnes & Levine.
Polish’s recent credits include the Jack Kerouac adaptation of Big Sur and 90 Minutes in Heaven, both starring Bosworth. He is repped by Management Production Entertainment and Morris Yorn Barnes & Levine.