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This Is Martin Bonner -- Having recently declared bankruptcy, Martin Bonner has just uprooted his life to Reno from the East Coast, leaving behind two adult children and a life he spent decades building. He's working a new job as a volunteer helping prisoners transition to freedom. It's Martin's first job in two years. Recently released after 12 years in prison and now in the transition program, Travis Holloway is sent back into the world bankrupt of self-esteem as well as of a normal life. To their surprise, their lives and stories begin to converge as they find that they have much in common, until their unlikely friendship is put to the test when Travis betrays Martin's trust.
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  (in credits order)

Paul Eenhoorn ... Martin Bonner

Demetrius Grosse ... Locy

Tom Plunkett ... Supervisor
Christy Lighthouse ... Optometrist

Jef Derderian ... Optometrist Assistant

Kristin Slaysman ... April
Andrew Scott Duncan ... Ryan
Jeff Pilliod ... Auctioneer
Connie Pilliod ... Floor Auctioneer

Richmond Arquette ... Travis Holloway
Melanie Payne ... Breakfast Waitress

Robert Longstreet ... Steve Helms
Tom Baughman ... Presbyterian Pastor (as Rev. Tom Baughman)

Jan Haley ... Angela Helms
Moira Price ... Cheryl
Felix Danger ... Speed Dater (as Felix Polanski)
Allie Braun ... Lacy
Morgan Keese ... Coffee Waitress
Stefani Pehle ... Goalkeeper
Tom Jacobs ... Max

Paul Gregory ... Francis Astley
Ronnie Gunter ... Greydon
Judith Bither ... Methodist Pastor (as Rev. Judith Bither)

Sam Buchanan ... Diana Holloway
Tarah DeSpain ... Diner Waitress

George Ducker ... Jeff
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Craig Quigley ... Diner Guest
Michael Davanzo ... Feature (uncredited)

Directed by
Chad Hartigan 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Tara Everhart  additional dialogue written by
Chad Hartigan  written by

Produced by
Nick Cucinella .... executive producer
Pandora Edmiston .... associate producer
Jay Hill .... associate producer
Michael Muldoon .... associate producer
Jeffrey Ruggles .... associate producer
Cherie Saulter .... producer
Aaron Schnobrich .... co-producer
J. Ryan Stradal .... associate producer
Original Music by
Keegan DeWitt 
Cinematography by
Sean McElwee 
Film Editing by
Julio Perez IV  (as Julio C. Perez IV)
Casting by
Andi Glover 
Juli Green 
Production Design by
Maggie Kaiser  (as Margaret Kaiser)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Dan Riesser .... second unit director
Lauren Smitelli .... first assistant director
Art Department
Marc Ripper .... print graphics and design
Sound Department
Aaron Bartscht .... dialogue editor
Jarrett DePasquale .... sound mixer
Andrew Scott Duncan .... sound designer
Andrew Scott Duncan .... supervising sound editor
Cassady O'Neal .... boom operator
Nathan Ruyle .... sound re-recording mixer
Katy Wood .... dialogue editor
Nathan Ruyle .... foley artist (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Nathaniel R. Brown .... gaffer (as Nate Brown)
Nathaniel R. Brown .... still photographer (as Nate Brown)
Nino Paternostro .... grip
Aaron Schnobrich .... provider: camera
Kaleb Temple .... grip
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Maggie Kaiser .... wardrobe (as Margaret Kaiser)
Editorial Department
Alex Bickel .... colorist
Michael Howell .... color assist (as Mike Howell)
Pearly Leung .... color assist
Alek Rost .... digital intermediate producer
Music Department
Clint Stapleton .... music supervisor
Other crew
Annabeth Catudan .... caterer
Jef Derderian .... talent assistant
Timothy Gaer .... production assistant
Matthew I. Goldberg .... budget consultant (as Matthew Goldberg)
George Rush .... legal services (as Georhe M. Rush)
Diego Stawski .... payroll services
Ralph Taguba .... production assistant
Brendan McFadden .... spiritual advisor (uncredited)
Jeffrey Ruggles .... development associate (uncredited)
Kelly Czarnik .... special thanks
Leah David-Amaya .... special thanks (as Leah David)
Mark Freiburger .... special thanks
Rebecca Green .... special thanks
Wendy Whipple .... dedicatee

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Rated R for some language and brief sexuality
83 min
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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Penetrating Study of Loneliness, 5 August 2014
Author: l_rawjalaurence from London

THIS IS MARTIN BONNER focuses on the lives of two misfits trying to adjust to a new life in the desert city of Reno, Navada. Australian émigré Martin (Paul Eenhoorn) tries to adjust to life as a volunteer in a local jail after having experienced a crisis of faith followed by long-term unemployment. Travis Holloway (Richmond Arquette) is released from the same jail, and attempts to forge a new life outside by living in a seedy motel and working as a car park attendant. Both men have grown-up children: Martin communicates mostly by phone, while Travis' daughter Diana (Sam Buchanan) hasn't seen her father since he went to prison twelve years previously. When father and daughter do meet, the conversation remains awkward, to say the least. Chad Hartigan's low-budget drama focuses on the loneliness of the two protagonists' lives as they spend their evenings in nondescript rooms, roam the streets either on foot, in the car or on the bus, and try to connect with people around them. Reno is hardly the place for lonely men to live; the streets are deprived of pedestrians, while cars endlessly shoot by on the interstate highway. The skies are crystal-clear, but the architecture seems to be deliberately designed to shut out as much daylight as possible. Sean McElwee's cinematography sums up the protagonists' lives through a clever use of framing; on several occasions their profiles are seen at the extreme left or right of the frame looking desolately at the landscape stretching endlessly before them. Even when they try to communicate, they are verbally challenged: what is not said is more significant than what is said. The narrative of THIS IS MARTIN BONNER unfolds at a slow pace, but the film remains a penetrating study of life in an impersonal city.

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