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Hannibal Classics in talks with buyers for Kurt Russell drama Touchback

Principal photography has wrapped on the drama Touchback starring Brian Presley and Kurt Russell, which Hannibal Classics is representing for international sales here.

The project is the first to go under Freedom’s three-film deal with the Palo Verde hedge fund founded in 2008 by Paul Ross and Tony Stacy.

Don Handfield directed the story of a down-on-his-luck small town farmer and volunteer fireman whose glory days as a high school footballer were cut short when he was critically injured during a playoff game.

The youngster gets a chance to change the course of his life when he is transported back in time to the fateful day. Russell will play the head high school football coach and sporting legend Barry Sanders has a cameo as a coach of the opposing team.

Filming wrapped in the Grand Rapids, Michigan, area last week. Melanie Lynskey, Christine Lahti, Marc Blucas, Drew Powell, Sarah Wright, Sianoa Smit-McPhee and Kevin Covais round out the key cast. Presley is producing with Freedom Films’ Lisa Kearns, Kevin Matusow and Carissa Buffel.

“Brian and I first read the script several years ago and have always wanted to make the movie,” Kearns said. “Brian was meant to play this role. He was an Oklahoma all-state champion quarterback in high school and to have Kurt Russell as his coach was a dream.”

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