SOURCE: Illuminare Entertainment

June 17, 2005 17:00 ET

Illuminare Entertainment in Association With Ardustry Home Entertainment to Release Their First Theatrical Picture "Now & Forever"

"The L Word's" Mia Kirshner Stars in "Now & Forever"

MOORPARK, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- June 17, 2005 -- Illuminare Entertainment and Ardustry Home Entertainment announce the acquisition of Peace Arch Entertainment's "Now and Forever." The film, starring Mia Kirshner (Showtime's "The L Word," "24") and Adam Beach ("Windtalkers," "Joe Dirt"), was directed by Bob Clark ("Baby Geniuses," "Turk 182," "A Christmas Story") and written by Bill Boyle ("Crossbar," "Sealed With a Kiss"), and will be released in theatres in August 19th, 2005. Illuminare and Ardustry will partner in the domestic distribution while Ardustry will release the film on DVD in the U.S. Peace Arch retains all domestic television rights to the film, while Shoreline Entertainment represents the picture internationally.

"Woven on a tapestry of Native American spiritualism, 'Now & Forever' is about the extraordinary power of unconditional love."

In "Now & Forever," John Myron (Beach) and Angela Wilson (Kirshner) discover each other amidst a backdrop of clashing cultures to form a powerful bond. One tragic night, John rescues Angela from a wicked act of betrayal. Faced with its aftermath, Angela flees town, unaware that she has put into motion a dramatic and intense string of events that will forever change the course of their lives. Harboring a secret, John guides Angela to a shocking realization that will uncover the past as a dramatic love story unfolds. They say sooner or later all love stories will end; "Now & Forever" is the exception.

The film co-stars Theresa Russell (Black Widow and Impulse) and Gordon Tootoosis ("Hank Williams First Nation"). Script is by Bill Boyle ("Sealed With a Kiss" and "Crossbar") who also served as co-executive producer. The film won the Best Director and Critics Choice Award at the Atlantic City Film Festival and at the Palm Springs Festival of Festivals it won the Audience Choice Award as well as Best Director.

Brunella Lisi, CEO of Illuminare Entertainment, states, "I'm really excited about this opportunity to partner with Ardustry and distribute "Now & Forever." It's an intriguing heart-warming film that tugs at your emotions and won't let go."

Other Illuminare Entertainment releases include "Night of Henna," now in nationwide release, plus "First Morning," and "The Amazing Floydini," slated for release later this year. Illuminare Entertainment, established in 2003, offers alternative options to independent filmmakers and their film-going audience seeking fun, compelling, educational, and entertaining movies and television programming. Rather than limiting our distribution partnerships to works with big budgets, marketable stars, and familiar story lines, we favor showcasing a diverse array of films and TV shows, innovative in style, provocative in subject matter, and of value to all age groups. Illuminare is a progressive distribution company shinning bright in an ever-changing marketplace, making entertainment a fulfilling and memorable experience. We strive for excellence and we achieve nothing less... Website: www.illuminare-ent.com

Ardustry is the crossroads where artists and industry intersect. Launched in August 2002, Ardustry Home Entertainment quickly established itself as an important and dynamic new player in the distribution of quality entertainment to broadcast, satellite and cable television, and home video markets worldwide. The company has succeeded in building substantial libraries of theatrical motion pictures, television series, documentaries and reality programming, music and sports specials, lifestyle titles, and a wide array of "how-to" product. Website: www.ardustry.com

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