The film stars Richard Chamberlain known for his 60’s role as TV heartthrob Dr. Kildare. He plays Hartman, the owner of the local dive hangout facing foreclosure in a town overrun by big box chain stores. When Hartman falls ill, his estranged family swoops into town set on selling the property to a fast food franchise--only to find themselves embroiled in a neighborhood uprising. Ben Curtis, famous as the collegiate goof the "Dell Dude" in Dell computer commercials, plays the club's sound man who rallies a misfit group of rappers, rednecks and drag queens to seize the club declaring "This is an occupation!"
"The historic Clinton Street Theater is the perfect place to premier Hartmans," owner Lani Jo Leigh says. "It is one of the oldest operating movie-houses in the United States and a local business to this day." The cinema is famous for its true indie spirit and long-standing exhibition of another cult favorite, the Rocky Horror Picture Show.
The media has drawn parallels of Hartmans to the Occupy movement. Huffington Post describes it as “a joy ride from start to finish...with topics that the 99% can relate to”. Gothamist calls it a “comedy parable for our gentrified age”. Hartmans also received coverage in the The Hollywood Reporter, Playbill, Village Voice, and CelebStoner. Chamberlain attracted international media attention for portraying the bong-smoking club owner, a departure from his most famous role as Father Ralph in the TV miniseries The Thorn Birds.
Hartmans also stars Jennifer Restivo and features a soundtrack with songs from Freelance Whales and Iron and Wine. The script was penned by Newman and Emmy-award winner Peter J. Brash. Filming took place in Manhattan, Peekskill, East Hampton, New York and in Jersey City, New Jersey. The film was the offical selection at the Atlanta Film Festival, the CMJ Music Marathon and Film Festival and the World Music & Independent Film Festival.
The Clinton Street Theater is located at 2522 SE Clinton on the corner of SE 26th. Admission is $6, $4 for students and seniors. To learn more about We Are the Hartmans visit http://wearethehartmans.com. To request an interview contact Cielito Pascual at 917-554-4849. http://www.youtube.com/