Hannover House Sets Video Release for Acclaimed Festival Winner, “Cook County”
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NEW YORK, NY — (MARKET WIRE) — 02/07/11 — “Cook County,” a powerful drama that won the Feature Film Audience Award at the South by Southwest Film Festival , will be released to the home video market on May 10, 2011 by Hannover House, the entertainment division of Target Development Group, Inc. (PINKSHEETS: TDGI). The acclaimed film from director David Pomes played in theaters and festivals across the country last year, and features an outstanding performance by rising star Anson Mount .
“Cook County” tells the story of an abused and alienated teenage boy wrestling with an addiction to crystal meth while living in a house full of crystal meth addicts. Set in the deep woods of East Texas , Abe ( Ryan Donowho ) faces a bleak existence with few opportunities. He’s a high school dropout with virtually no contact to the world outside his small town. Making things even worse is Abe’s abusive uncle, Bump ( Anson Mount ), who runs a mom and pop meth lab out of the kitchen and lives life on the edge with a meth-fueled craziness. A spark of hope emerges when Abe’s father, Sonny ( Xander Berkeley ), unexpectedly returns home after two-years in prison. But the hope turns to hell as Sonny struggles to control both the insanity at home and new pressure from federal drug agents.
VARIETY said the film “… impresses with spot-on performances and perfect-pitch dialogue.” MOVING PICTURES said “Cook County is a class act, representing the classless and lawless with insight and precision that has both local and global relevance.”
“It’s an outstanding film,” said Eric Parkinson , C.E.O. of Hannover House and Target Development Group, Inc. “The circumstances and themes that were hinted at in ‘Winter’s Bone’ are thoroughly revealed in ‘Cook County’ to great effect. Director David Pomes has expertly crafted what we believe to be one of the finest independent films in years.”
Other notable festival wins for “Cook County” include the AFI Dallas Jury Prize, the Hollywood Film Festival Best Feature, and the Nashville Film Festival Audience Award.
In addition to his memorable role in “Cook County,” Anson Mount is also starring in a new television series for AMC, entitled “Hell On Wheels,” set in the post-Civil War west. The promotional campaign supporting the summer launch of the new series is said to rival the high visibility of AMC’s successful “Mad Men.”