Breakthrough Moments in Filmmaking - Director Chad Hartigan Discusses "This is Martin Bonner"
Chad Hartigan, born in Cyprus to Irish parents, explores the stories of his past with his sophomore feature drama This is Martin Bonner. The winner of the Best of Next Award at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, the film features Australian-born Paul Eenhoorn as the title character, as he adjusts to a new life in Reno, Nevada, in his mid-fifties.
Based loosely on the experiences of his parents, Chad draws upon his family's life as missionaries, and his childhood memories of Reno. Watch our interview for more about growing up in Cyprus, how moving to Virginia led to his passion for theater, and about his first job in show business.
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