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By Ray Hanania
New independently-produced movie thriller that brings golf and gambling together and has local Southwest Suburban Chicagoland ties will be released to limited theatrical distribution on April 17 and to Video-on-Demand audiences.
Directed and written by Terry Jastrow, the film stars Jeremy Sumpter (“Friday Night Lights”, Peter Pan), Christopher McDonald (Happy Gilmore, Requiem for a Dream, Thelma and Louise), Katherine LaNasa (The Campaign, Alfie), Jillian Murray (Never Back Down 2: The Beatdown), Michael Nouri (Flashdance), and Jason Dohring (Veronica Mars).
ARC Entertainment will be releasing The Squeeze on premium VOD and in select markets in 12 top markets in the U.S. on April 17, 2015. The film was announced today by ARC Entertainment’s Head of Acquisitions Scott Moesta.
The new movie is produced in part by Southwest Suburban businessman and political activist Sean Morrison, the CEO and founder of Morrison Security Corporation, Morrison Security Group & Morrison Investigations, Inc.
“The Squeeze uniquely captures the riveting story of a wholesome young golfer who gets caught up in the underworld of illegal gambling,” said Moesta.
“Terry Jastrow and the cast did a fantastic job with this film and it will keep the audiences on the edge of their seats.”
The Squeeze is a caper about a notorious gambler who discovers a modest young man in a small rural town with uncommon golf skills. Seeing his potential, the gambler convinces him to abandon his dreams of winning the US Open and start playing in highstakes matches. They don’t lose. The stakes grow higher and higher until the game becomes “life or death.”
“I watched The Squeeze and really enjoyed it,” said Jack Nicklaus, Winner of 18 Major Golf Championships. “It’s a fun movie that tells an interesting story, and the golf elements are so real you actually believe it could happen.”
“The Squeeze is a wonderful golf movie because it’s so authentic,” said Five Time Major Championship Winner, Phil Mickelson. “It hooks you in the beginning and stays interesting and entertaining right to the end. I’m looking forward to seeing it again.”
“The Squeeze has the best poker scene I’ve ever seen in a movie,” said Steve Wynn, Chairman of Wynn Resorts. “If you like gambling, golf and Las Vegas, you’ll love this movie.”
The Squeeze was produced by Anne Archer, Terry Jastrow, Michael Doven and George Parra and executive produced by Brian McCormack, Simon Horsman and Milton Kim. The film was negotiated by ARC Entertainment’s Trevor Drinkwater and Terry Jastrow on behalf of the filmmakers.
Recent ARC Entertainment releases include Field of Lost Shoes starring Jason Isaacs, Lauren Holly, Nolan Gould, and Luke Benward; Autumn Blood starring Sophie Lowe, Peter Stormare and Gustaf Skarsgard; and A Little Game starring Ralph Macchio, Janeane Garofalo, F. Murray Abraham, Rachel Dratch, Olympia Dukakis, and Fatima Ptacek.
Morrison has been in the security industry since 1986, spending seven years in the corporate retail loss prevention field as a district loss prevention manager for two major retail establishments with average sales exceeding two billion dollars annually.
Since 1990, Mr. Morrison has developed, acquired, and sold more than fourteen companies. He has co-managed private offerings of debt and equity and M&A transactions. These transactions included developing complex financial models and company valuations including pro-forma merger analysis and discounted equity valuation.
Mr. Morrison’s experience in the security industry includes clients such as, Motorola, Coca-Cola, Sysco, DOD, ACOE, the Art Institute of Chicago, Northwestern University, South African Counsel General, Chicago Midway Airport, the Field Museum, Twentieth Century Fox, Amsted Industries, Toys R Us, Just for Feet and Staples to name a few.
In November 2011, Mr. Morrison was honored as the recipient of the 2011 LEADS Humanitarian Award for his work in helping solve missing persons and exploited children cases. He currently does pro bono work with the Cook County Task Force on Human Trafficking.
About ARC Entertainment: ARC Entertainment (www.arc-ent.com) is a fully integrated distribution company providing both physical and digital distribution and sales services for entertainment-based products. ARC Entertainment monetizes Content in multiple revenue streams including: Theatrical Distribution, DVD, Blu-ray, Digital, Electronic Sell-through, Streaming, VOD, PPV, Pay and Free TV. ARC Entertainment’s unparalleled relationships with national retailers, coupled with strong sales and marketing expertise, enables the Company to explore unique programs and business models for its content partners.
Here is the movie video trailer:
Available in Theaters, VOD and iTunes: April 17, 2015
Cast: Jeremy Sumpter, Christopher McDonald, Jillian Murray, Michael Nouri, Jason Dohring, Katherine LaNasa
Directed by: Terry Jastrow
Written by: Terry Jastrow
Synopsis:THE SQUEEZE is a caper about a notorious gambler who discovers a modest young man in a small rural town with uncommon golf skills. Seeing his potential, the gambler convinces him to abandon his dreams of winning the US Open and start playing in high-stakes matches. They don’t lose. The stakes grow higher and higher until the game becomes “life or death.”
Genre: Action/ Adventure
Runtime: 95 Minutes
Distributor: ARC Entertainment
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Hanania covered Chicago political beats including Chicago City Hall while at the Daily Southtown Newspapers (1976-1985) and later for the Chicago Sun-Times (1985-1992).
The recipient of four (4) Chicago Headline Club “Peter Lisagor Awards” for Column writing. In November 2006, Hanania was named “Best Ethnic American Columnist” by the New American Media;In 2009, he received the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award for Writing from the Society of Professional Journalists. Hananiaalso received two (2) Chicago Stick-o-Type awards from the Chicago Newspaper Guild, and in 1990 was nominated by the Chicago Sun-Times for a Pulitzer Prize for his four-part series on the Palestinian Intifada.
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