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Medient’s ‘Yellow’ named best film at Catalina fest

POSTED: September 30, 2013 7:03 p.m.

“Yellow,” produced by Medient Studios, was awarded best film at the Catalina Film Festival on Sunday.

Medient Studios broke ground in August on a 1,550-acre movie and video game production complex in Effingham County.

The film was directed by Nick Cassavetes, whose previous works include “The Notebook,” “John Q” and “My Sister’s Keeper.” The award was presented to Cassavetes and Heather Wahlquist by Catalina Film Festival founder and director Ron Truppa.

“CFF has so many talented filmmakers, it’s truly difficult for us to award just one per category,” Truppa said, “but ‘Yellow’ stood out as our 2013 winner because of how well it was crafted.

“Nick Cassavetes takes you on a mixed-genre journey that makes you feel safe and secure while on a tight rope over the Grand Canyon. Lead actor Heather Wahlquist forces the audience to feel her pain and circumstance encapsulated within special effects, animation, and musical breaks, creatively placing the audience into artificially sweet and disturbing situations. This is an independent film that doesn’t just try to entertain you, it experiments with your psyche in order for you to understand the plight of its lead character.”

“‘Yellow’ is a very special film,” said Medient CEO Manu Kumaran, “and we are thrilled that it is being honored by CFF. It is a tribute to the imagination and direction of Nick, and we strongly believe that when it is released early next year, it will find an appreciative audience.”

“Yellow” has been receiving acclaim from audiences and critics on the global festival circuit. The film has been screened at Toronto International Film Festival, SXSW, Tokyo International Film Festival, International Film Festival in Goa and Seattle International Film Festival among others.

The movie is the story of Mary Holmes, a young substitute teacher who escapes from her drudging everyday life by fantasizing bizarre parallel realities. Her hallucinatory world is peopled with Busby Berkeley dancers, Cirque du Soleil, circus freaks, and human farm animals where nothing is quite what it seems. The movie stars Wahlquist, Sienna Miller, Melanie Griffith, Gena Rowlands, Lucy Punch, Riley Keough, Max Thieriot, Daveigh Chase, David Morse, Ray Liotta, Brendan Sexton and Ethan Suplee.


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