Miramax Acquires GreeneStreet's 'Pinero' Starring Benjamin Bratt

Apr 10, 2001, 01:00 ET from Miramax Films

    NEW YORK, April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Miramax Films has acquired the
 worldwide distribution rights to Leon Ichaso's "Pinero" starring Benjamin
 Bratt ("Abandon," "Traffic" and "Miss Congeniality"), it was announced today
 by Miramax evp of acquisitions and co-productions Agnes Mentre and
 GreeneStreet Films president John Penotti.  Miramax recently acquired
 GreeneStreet Films' "In The Bedroom," Todd Field's feature film debut and a
 co-production with Good Machine.
     "Pinero" is directed by Leon Ichaso ("Bitter Sugar," El Super," "Sugar
 Hill," and Miramax's "Crossover Dreams") and also stars Talisa Soto, Giancarlo
 Esposito, Rita Moreno and Mandy Patinkin.
     GreeneStreet financed the film which was produced by Penotti, Tim
 Williams, and GreeneStreet partner Fisher Stevens.  John Leguizamo and Kathy
 DeMarco of Lower East Side Films co-executive produced, GreeneStreet Head of
 Development Jamie Gordon co-produced and GreeneStreet partner Bradley Yonover
 executive produced.
     "Pinero" tells the story of the explosive life of Latino poet-playwright-
 actor Miguel Pinero, whose urban poetry is recognized as a pre-cursor to rap
 and hip-hop.  After doing time in hard-core Sing-Sing for petty thefts and
 drug dealing, Pinero's prison experiences developed into his 1974 Tony
 nominated play "Short Eyes."  The resulting notoriety and fame was too much
 for the bad-boy genius who retreated to the darker corners of New York City.
     "We are excited to be partnering with John Penotti and GreeneStreet
 again," said Mentre.  "Leon's directing and Benjamin's performance brings
 great strength and compassion to Miguel Pinero's story which results in a
 wonderfully original film."
     "We're ecstatic that Miramax has embraced the project as strongly as they
 have," says John Penotti.  "Benjamin Bratt gives a tour-de-force performance
 in a magical film.  We believe that Harvey Weinstein and Miramax are the
 perfect partners to properly showcase Leon's and Ben's work to a wide
 audience."
     Mentre and Andrew Herwitz, svp of acquisitions, negotiated the deal on
 behalf of Miramax.  Vicki Cherkas, GreeneStreet's head of business affairs,
 business development and new ventures, and ICM negotiated on behalf of
 GreeneStreet.
     GreeneStreet Films was founded in 1996.  Along with "Pinero" and "In The
 Bedroom," GreeneStreet's recent productions include Fisher Stevens'
 directorial debut "Just A Kiss," starring Marisa Tomei, Taye Diggs, Kyra
 Sedgwick, Marley Shelton and Ron Eldard.
 
 

SOURCE Miramax Films
    NEW YORK, April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Miramax Films has acquired the
 worldwide distribution rights to Leon Ichaso's "Pinero" starring Benjamin
 Bratt ("Abandon," "Traffic" and "Miss Congeniality"), it was announced today
 by Miramax evp of acquisitions and co-productions Agnes Mentre and
 GreeneStreet Films president John Penotti.  Miramax recently acquired
 GreeneStreet Films' "In The Bedroom," Todd Field's feature film debut and a
 co-production with Good Machine.
     "Pinero" is directed by Leon Ichaso ("Bitter Sugar," El Super," "Sugar
 Hill," and Miramax's "Crossover Dreams") and also stars Talisa Soto, Giancarlo
 Esposito, Rita Moreno and Mandy Patinkin.
     GreeneStreet financed the film which was produced by Penotti, Tim
 Williams, and GreeneStreet partner Fisher Stevens.  John Leguizamo and Kathy
 DeMarco of Lower East Side Films co-executive produced, GreeneStreet Head of
 Development Jamie Gordon co-produced and GreeneStreet partner Bradley Yonover
 executive produced.
     "Pinero" tells the story of the explosive life of Latino poet-playwright-
 actor Miguel Pinero, whose urban poetry is recognized as a pre-cursor to rap
 and hip-hop.  After doing time in hard-core Sing-Sing for petty thefts and
 drug dealing, Pinero's prison experiences developed into his 1974 Tony
 nominated play "Short Eyes."  The resulting notoriety and fame was too much
 for the bad-boy genius who retreated to the darker corners of New York City.
     "We are excited to be partnering with John Penotti and GreeneStreet
 again," said Mentre.  "Leon's directing and Benjamin's performance brings
 great strength and compassion to Miguel Pinero's story which results in a
 wonderfully original film."
     "We're ecstatic that Miramax has embraced the project as strongly as they
 have," says John Penotti.  "Benjamin Bratt gives a tour-de-force performance
 in a magical film.  We believe that Harvey Weinstein and Miramax are the
 perfect partners to properly showcase Leon's and Ben's work to a wide
 audience."
     Mentre and Andrew Herwitz, svp of acquisitions, negotiated the deal on
 behalf of Miramax.  Vicki Cherkas, GreeneStreet's head of business affairs,
 business development and new ventures, and ICM negotiated on behalf of
 GreeneStreet.
     GreeneStreet Films was founded in 1996.  Along with "Pinero" and "In The
 Bedroom," GreeneStreet's recent productions include Fisher Stevens'
 directorial debut "Just A Kiss," starring Marisa Tomei, Taye Diggs, Kyra
 Sedgwick, Marley Shelton and Ron Eldard.
 
 SOURCE  Miramax Films