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#1 of 1 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted February 12 2013 - 05:18 AM

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Esai Morales Gives a Career Performance as an Ex-Con Forced to Face a Changing World in the Powerful Drama, Coming to Virgil Films DVD and Digital Download on March 5, 2013

"...manages somehow to be gritty, delicate, in your face and nuanced at the same time. It's a beautiful, compelling, sometimes harrowing family drama..." 

- San Francisco Chronicle

the quietly commanding turn by newcomer Santana is a standout." - LA Times

Esai Morales, who has left indelible impressions playing both criminals (Bad Boys) and law enforcers (La Bamba, NYPD Blue, Fairly Legal), gives a powerful, career-defining performance as an ex-con struggling to do the right thing in GUN HILL ROAD. The Sundance Film Festival-honored drama from debuting writer-director Rashaad Ernesto Green arrives on DVD on March 5, 2013, from Virgil Films, carrying an SRP of $19.99. The film will also be available on Digital Download.

After three years in prison, Enrique (Morales) returns home to the Bronx to find the world he once knew has changed. His wife, Angela (Judy Reyes, Scrubs, Oz), struggles to hide an emotional affair, and his teenage son, Michael (striking newcomer Harmony Santana, nominated for Best Supporting Actress at the Independent Spirit Awards), explores a sexual transformation well beyond Enrique's understanding.

Unable to accept his child, Enrique clings to his masculine ideals while Angela attempts to hold the family together by protecting Michael. Still under the watchful eye of his parole officer (Isiah Whitlock Jr., HBO's The Wire, Not Fade Away), Enrique must become the father he needs to be or, once again, risk losing his family and freedom.

Can a father's fierce love for his family overcome his street-hardened ideas about manhood and end the vicious cycle controlling his life? Rashaad Ernesto Green's first feature film is an intricate portrait of a family divided, told with sensitivity, gentle humor and a deep understanding of the environment that shapes its people.

CNN's American Morning described GUN HILL ROAD as "one of the must-see films from the [Sundance] festival." David Lewis of the San Francisco Chronicle said, "In writer-director Rashaad Ernesto Green's assured hands, [the film] manages somehow to be gritty, delicate, in your face and nuanced at the same time." The New York Daily News' Joe Neumaier said, "A coiled feeling hangs over [Green's] assured, engrossing [debut]."

Winner of the Best Acting Ensemble award at the Ashland Independent Film Festival, and nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, GUN HILL ROAD is heartfelt exploration of lives both intertwined and coming apart.

About Virgil Films - Virgil Films & Entertainment was founded in 2003 by Joe Amodei to acquire, market and distribute DVD, TV and Digital product in the theatrical feature film, documentaries, special interest and sports categories.  The company has built partnerships with OWN, Sundance Channel Home Entertainment, National Geographic Cinema Ventures, ESPN, MLB Productions, Morgan Spurlock's Warrior Poets and other high-profile entertainment brands since their inception.  Recent releases from Virgil Films & Entertainment include the documentary, Miss Representation; Todd Solondz's latest film, Dark Horse, the critically acclaimed documentary, High Ground and the hit documentary Forks Over Knives. They have also successfully released last year's Oscar® nominated documentary Restrepo.  www.VirgilFilmsEnt.com

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Street date: March 5, 2013

Prebook: January 29, 2013

SRP: $19.99

Running time: 86 minutes

Rated R



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