EXCLUSIVE: Fusion Entertainment has signed Monica Sorelle (director and co-writer), Robert Colom (co-writer and producer) and Chris Renois (actor), the trio behind the acclaimed independent drama Mountains.
The film premiered at Tribeca Festival, where it received Special Jury Mention for Best Narrative Film. It also won the audience award at BlackStar and was an official selection at the Toronto Film Festival. Mountains has garnered glowing reviews, with Deadline calling it “Affecting and meditative… An enormously impressive feature debut. It will have its Los Angeles premiere at the upcoming AFI Fest.
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Mountains marks the debut feature of Miami-based Haitian-American writer-director Sorelle, also a producer and visual artist who worked in the casting department on Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight. The film is a loving look at the intergenerational frictions within a Haitian-American family in a rapidly gentrifying Miami, exploring the desires and conflicts of three main characters: Xavier (Atibon Nazaire), a middle-aged demolition worker; his seamstress wife Esperance (Sheila Anozier); and their adult son Junior (Renois), caught between two cultures as he pursues a career in stand-up comedy.
The film was co-written and produced by Colom, a fixture of the Miami filmmaking community. Both Colom and Sorelle are key members of the Caribbean creative collective Third Horizon, which currently has a showcase of films on The Criterion Channel.
Mountains also marks the onscreen debut for Renois, a Miami-based comedian who was a semifinalist on Stand Up NBC and has more than 150,000 fans across his social media platforms.
“We are so proud to add Monica, Robert, and Chris to the Fusion family,” Fusion partners and co-founders Chris Evans and Adam Kersh said Monday. “As a first feature, Mountains is absolutely unparalleled in its cinematic elegance and remarkable for the love and grace it bestows upon its characters and setting of Miami’s Little Haiti. This is due to Monica Sorelle’s patient and visionary direction, and her sensitive, incisive script, co-written by her immensely talented co-writer and creative partner Robert Colom. The natural onscreen charisma of Chris Renois helps bring the story to life. All three artists have so much to offer and we are excited to help them build on their talents.”
Fusion Entertainment’s roster of clients also includes Cooper Raiff, Amy Seimetz, Sean Baker, Ira Sachs and Dolly De Leon.
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