Polish brothers form Prohibition Pictures

Company has two movies in the works

Indie filmmakers Mark and Michael Polish have formed Prohibition Pictures, a production and finance entity and have set two new movies they will helm.

Joining the brothers in Prohibition are longtime associate Jonathan Sheldon, who worked with the duo on "Northfork" and "The Astronaut Farmer," as well as financier/producer Ken Johnson and his partner/producer Janet Du Bois. Johnson and Du Bois have made a private equity investment in the new shingle.

The company aims to make two to four indie movies a year, with a slate that will be put together in the coming month.

The two movies out of the gate are "Manure" and "Stay Cool," which will be shot back-to-back with nary a breath between them. "Manure" shoots May 27. The comedy, about a manure salesmen in heartland America set in the mid-1960s, stars Billy Bob Thornton, Tea Leoni, and Kyle MacLachlan. "Cool," described as a "knowing-your-age" comedy, stars Winona Ryder, Sean Astin and Chevy Chase, will shoot July 14.

Co-written by both Polish Brothers, Michael Polish will direct and the films will be produced by Mark Polish, Michael Polish, Ken Johnson, Jonathan Sheldon, and Janet DuBois, with Nick Byassee serving as associate producer.

Mark Polish will take a featured acting role in both.

The two movies will share many Polish Brothers regulars including cinematographer David Mullen, production designer Clark Hunter and costume designer Bic Owen.

The Polish Brothers are repped by ICM, Media Talent Group and Alex Kohner.