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July 21, 2011 / California Film Institute Blog

Legendary Director Monte Hellman Releases His First Film in 20 Years and Discusses His Illustrious Career

Famed American director Monte Hellman is back to work after 20 years with his new film Road to Nowhere opening this Friday at the Smith Rafael Film Center, in San Rafael, CA, just north of San Francisco.

In conjunction with the opening, the Rafael will be celebrating Hellman’s illustrious career with Monte Hellman: On the Road Again, a film retrospective, which has been garnering a lot of buzz and featured in the San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco Weekly and San Francisco Bay Guardian.

Hellman will be at the Rafael on Saturday, July 23, for screenings of his films The Shooting (1966), a cult classic starring Jack Nicholson, at 4:30 p.m. and Road to Nowhere, starring Tygh Runyan (Snakes on a Plane) and Shannyn Sossaman (A Knight’s Tale), at 7:15 p.m.  Road to Nowhere is a contemporary film noir that unfolds in the world of movie-making and explores a tenuous balance between illusion and reality.

The Rafael will also be screening Two-Lane Blacktop (1971) on Sunday, July 24, at 7:00 p.m. and Ride in the Whirlwind (1966) on Monday, July 25, at 7:00 p.m.

Monte Hellman has described several of his films, from Two-Lane Blacktop to Road to Nowhere, as stories about men who suffer because of their inability to communicate their feelings. Despite restrictive budgets and schedules, Hellman has managed to craft a thoughtful, intelligent and challenging brand of cinema that has enriched our film culture.

For information on getting tickets and the movies, head to the CFI website or click here.

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