Monday, March 12, 2018

Oscar Nominee John Hawkes Indie Gem Hits VOD

Long before winning the SAG award for his role in the ensemble of Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, John Hawkes had his first leading role in Harold Buttleman: Daredevil Stuntman. But hardly anyone saw it. Rescanned and recut from its original 2003 film version, writer/director Francis Stokes's debut film is finally available for audiences to enjoy on major VOD platforms.

"Leomark Studios presents a beautiful re-scan from 35 mm film of the classic, award-winning comedy… Hawkes is Harold Buttleman, a sweet, charming and somewhat clueless small town tuxedo salesman who wants to be the next Evel Knievel, and he is willing to break every bone in his body to get there." (365Flicks) In true Jackass style, Harold believes he is on the brink of TV stardom: a three a.m. spot on local cable access TV. But Harold's parents want him to move out of their basement, and his girlfriend wants him to settle into a career selling bathtub parts. For Harold, it all depends on his big break. "One can't help but root for Harold, even though we all know he's an idiot." (Josh Pritchett, MoversShakersUnlimited)

Hawkes has some veteran comedic talents supporting him, including Karen Black (Easy Rider) in one of her last roles as Harold's mother, Anita Barone (Curb Your Enthusiasm), and Dan Castellaneta (The Simpsons). Stephan Falk, better known these days as an executive producer and writer on shows like Weeds and Orange is the New Black,  plays Harold's loyal best friend and cameraman, and the two together are "hilarious." (SpoilerFreeMovieSleuth)

A festival darling shown only briefly on YouTube when it was first released, this "endearing, very relatable piece of work" (Ben Bussey, WarpedPerspective) has otherwise languished on a shelf until now, when it finally gets an international release on major VOD platforms, including iTunes, Amazon, and GooglePlay.

Leomark Studios (, distributor and worldwide sales agent for Buttleman, is a Los Angeles-based film production and distribution company with a catalogue of more than 200 titles. Recent Leomark releases include Kepler's Dream, starring Sean Patrick Flanery (Boondock Saints), Kelly Lynch (Mr. Mercedes), Holland Taylor (Legally Blonde), and Isabella Blake-Thomas (Once Upon a Time), which was Oscar short-listed for its theme song and score by Patrick Neil Doyle.

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