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Fireflies in the Garden, a family drama that features Julia Roberts, is finally making its way to U.S. theaters. Written and directed by debut filmmaker Dennis Lee, the film was caught up in the financial struggles of production company Senator Entertainment that began after the Sundance Film Festival in 2009.
The film’s producers, including Marco Weber, Vanessa Coifman, Sukee Chew and Philip Rose, have recently regained the rights and plan to release a brand new cut themselves in theaters in L.A., New York, Chicago and San Francisco October 14. New E1 theatrical marketing and distribution executive Dylan Wiley will serve as a consultant on the release, though the film is not an E1 project.
Ryan Reynolds, Willem Dafoe, Emily Watson, Carrie-Anne Moss, Ioan Gruffud and Hayden Panettiere also star in the film, about a successful Midwestern family ruptured by a tragic accident. It had its world premiere at the Berlin film festival in February 2008 before rolling out around much of the world over the following 18 months.
Senator produced Fireflies in association with Kulture Machine. The executive producers are Jere Hausfater and Milton Liu.
“I am so pleased our film will finally get a theatrical release in the U.S.,” said Lee, who won a student Academy Award for his short film Jesus Henry Christ in 2003. “Anyone familiar with our story knows the road to this moment has been paved with challenges. It’s not lost on me how much care and determination it took to bring Fireflies to light.”
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