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Based on the popular novel by Willy Vlautin, THE MOTEL LIFE is a searing and profound examination of brotherhood set in the timeless Sierra Nevadan frontier. Frank (Emile Hirsch) and Jerry Lee Flannigan (Stephen Dorff) work odd jobs, drink hard, and drift from motel to motel. Their only escape is through Frank’s fantastic stories and Jerry Lee’s rich illustrations. Everything changes when Jerry Lee is involved in a hit-and-run accident, which forces the brothers across the state to the home of Frank’s old flame, Annie (Dakota Fanning). While the two seem safe from the law, Jerry Lee’s insatiability and all-consuming guilt render their future increasingly uncertain. Like an outlaw country song, this directorial debut from real-life brothers Gabe & Alan Polsky finds beauty and hope in a world of casinos, gun shops, dive bars, and in the simple people who inhabit them. The film features animation by Mike Smith.

STARRINGEmile Hirsch, Dakota Fanning,
Stephen Dorff & Kris Kristofferson

DIRECTED BYAlan & Gabriel Polsky

PRODUCED BYAnn Ruark, Alan & Gabriel Polsky

WRITTEN BYNoah Harpster & Micah Fitzerman-Blue

EDITED BYHughes Winborne

ANIMATION BYMike Smith

MUSIC BYDavid Holmes & Keefus Green

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OPENING NOVEMBER 8

New York, NY
Cinema Village
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Los Angeles, CA
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Pasadena, CA
Laemmle Playhouse 7
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San Diego, CA
Media Arts Center San Diego - Digital Gym
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OPENING NOVEMBER 15

Bellingham, WA
Pickford Film Center
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OPENING NOVEMBER 22

Tuscon, AZ
The Loft Cinema
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Nashville, TN
Belcourt Theatre
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Ft. Wayne, IN
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OPENING NOVEMBER 29

Helena, MT
Myrna Loy Center
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Denver, CO
Sie Film Center
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Eugene, OR
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Film package

Choose from a digital download or DVD of
The Motel Life with Director’s cut and outtakes.

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book of The Motel Life’s original artwork by Mike Smith.

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PR - NYScott Feinstein - 42West
Scott.Feinstein@42West.net
212.277.7555

PR - LAHeather Forziatti - 42West
Heather.forziati@42west.net
310.477.4442

BOOKINGToby Leonard
toby@belcourt.org

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