If you could only choose one – your career, your significant other, or keeping your 9-year-old niece out of a children’s home – what would you choose?


Los Angeles, CA (March 5, 2019) – North of Two – Adrian, a functioning drug addict and famous photographer, inherits his sister’s 12-year-old daughter when she dies and must face the life changes of becoming a responsible parent.

North of Two announces the release of Writer-Producer, Zach Brown’s directorial debut, HARD SURFACES (2017) onto US digital platforms today, March 5th. Watch it on DIRECTV here.


The seven-time award-winning dramatic narrative film, previously titled The Moleskin Diary, is a heartwarming and compelling feature following Winston-Salem photographer, Adrian Trace (Shawn Pyfrom of Desperate Housewives), who grew up as an orphan with his sister, Samantha (Mariana Novak). Famed for his unique photographing style of capturing drug addicts, Adrian’s art begins to imitate life when he begins partying hard and using drugs with his trophy-girlfriend Liz (Julia Voth), attempting to drown out his painful childhood past. But, when the unexpected death of Adrian’s sister leaves him with her 9-year-old daughter, Maddy (Hannah Stock), Adrian is suddenly forced to face his inner demons and darkest secrets, sacrificing life as he knows it to keep Maddy out of a children’s home.


Evoking genuine, compelling and emotional responses, HARD SURFACESis an intense and intimate story portraying just how far people would really go for those they call family.

HARD SURFACEShad its world premiere at WorldFest Houston in April 2017 where the drama was awarded three wins: Gold Remi Award for Best First Feature, Critics’ Choice Awards for Best Supporting Actress and Best Young Performer. HARD SURFACEShas continued to rack-up film festival accolades, winning Best Screenplay at the 2017 Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles, and also found three victories at the 2018 Idyllwild International Festival of Cinema: Best Director, Best Supporting Actress – Feature and Best of Festival.


Featuring top-notch and local talent,HARD SURFACESstars two-time winning force, Julia Voth (Package Deal,Bitch Slap), multi-awarded and nominatedShawn Pyfrom (Desperate Housewives,The Division), Hannah Stock (The Ganzfeld Haunting,She Comes in Spring) and Mariana Novak (Ozark,Watchmen). Watch the official trailer here: