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This weekend, Chad Hartigan's "This is Martin Bonner" beat out a stellar lineup of low-budget films to win the 2013 Best of Next Audience Award.  The film, the second feature from Hartigan, centers on Martin Bonner (Paul Eenhoorn), an older man who moves to a new city, Reno, Nevada, to work for a Christian prisoner rehabilitation program.  There, he meets Travis (Richmond Arquette), a man who must reconnect with his daughter after years behind bars. Before he found out he won, Indiewire spoke to the up-and-coming director about his film. So far you've had two screenings.  How have they gone? The vibe of the screenings was wildly different.  There was lots of laughter in both, but the second had a quieter, local crowd. I know this film comes from your own experiences.  What made you know you had to make it? The idea came from real life.  When he was »

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