"Blues for Willadean" is not yet rated by the Motion Picture Association of America, but is suitable for a PG-13 audience, reports distributor Hannover House. The running time is 113 minutes and the film features a widescreen aspect ratio (1:1.85) and Dolby stereo. The award-winning film, based on the NCAAP Image-Awards Winning Stage-play, will be available through Internet sellers on Feb. 4, and to Walmart Stores and other key retailers nationwide on Feb. 18.
SYNOPSIS: From acclaimed director Del Shores, "Blues for Willadean" explores the hidden emotions, shame, and secrecy of battered women, while also offering hope, healing and truth. Willadean Winkler (Beth Grant), the wife of a blue collar truck driver (David Steen), does her best to manage and survive in the abusive prison her husband has built for her. With the help of her best friend, LaSonia (Octavia Spencer), who lives in the trailer next door and the musical encouragement of a mystical Blues Singer (Debby Holiday), Willadean fights to break the tragic cycle.
Director Del Shores has a notable film and television resume, including six acclaimed feature films and over seventy-five episodic television credits, including "Dharma & Greg", "Queer As Folk" and his own original series, "Sordid Lives." His stage-play and production of "The Trials and Tribulations of a Trailer Trash Housewife" won multiple theatrical awards, including Best Production for the Los Angeles Critics Circle Awards and two NCAAP Image Awards. The play served as the creative catalyst and source material for the feature film production of "Blues for Willadean."
Hannover House is a 20-year-old publishing company and entertainment distributor of independent films, with an active home video label and new activities underway for the production of high-end theatrical films. The company is headquartered in Northwest Arkansas, near the world headquarters of Walmart Stores, Inc., the largest retailer of DVDs and Blu-Ray products for all of the major film studios. Other key retail accounts for Hannover House include Redbox, Netflix, Barnes & Noble and thousands of independent video retailers, schools, libraries and booksellers. The company also sells entertainment products to a wide range of internet sites, and services most major video-on-demand portals. For more information on Hannover House, or to see corporate filings or financials, go to: www.OTCMarkets.com, and search under stock symbol HHSE.
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