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LaST UPDATED: 11.30.2017

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY (November 9, 2017) -- SMALL TOWN CRIME Official Trailer Debut (Exclusive)
The official trailer for SMALL TOWN CRIME debuted exclusively on Entertainment Weekly Online.

VARIETY (April 17, 2017) -- 'SMALL TOWN CRIME' Helmers Sign with ICM Partners & LBI Entertainment
The Nelms Bros., Eshom Nelms & Ian Nelms, whose film, SMALL TOWN CRIME, received rave reviews at this year’s SXSW Film Festival, have signed with ICM Partners and LBI Entertainment for representation in all areas, film and TV.

THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER (March 10, 2017) -- Exclusive 'SMALL TOWN CRIME' Poster & Movie Clip Reveal
In advance of its world premiere, THR debuted an exclusive clip from SMALL TOWN CRIME and a special SXSW film poster.

NEW YORK TIMES (January 31, 2017) -- "SXSW: 5 Titles to Watch For"
SMALL TOWN CRIME was featured on the New York Times list of their top 2017 SXSW picks across film and television.

SMALL TOWN CRIME was also featured on numerous "Must See" and "Best of" Lists including Rolling Stone, Fandango, Indie Wire, and No Film School among others.  These press breaks can be found in the STC area.
 

THE NELMS BROTHERS

VARIETY (April 17, 2017) -- 'SMALL TOWN CRIME' Helmers Sign with ICM Partners & LBI Entertainment
The Nelms Bros., Eshom Nelms & Ian Nelms, whose film, SMALL TOWN CRIME, received rave reviews at this year’s SXSW Film Festival, have signed with ICM Partners and LBI Entertainment for representation in all areas, film and TV.

THE WRAP (March 14, 2017) -- SXSW Interview w/ The Nelms Bros., John Hawkes, Octavia Spencer, Michael Vartan
In studio interview w/ STC filmmakers and cast members at their on-site location during the 2017 SXSW Film Festival.

TWITTER (March 13, 2017) -- SXSW #TwitterHouse Interview w/ The Nelms Bros. & Octavia Spencer Part 1
TWITTER (March 14, 2017) -- SXSW #TwitterHouse Interview w/ The Nelms Bros. & Octavia Spencer Part 2
Twitter invited the Nelms Bros. and select cast to their #TwitterHouse at SXSW for short interviews, which were promoted on their handle @TwitterMovies to over 7.1 Million followers.

KEYE / CBS Affiliate (March 15, 2017) -- Interview w/ The Nelms Bros. & James Lafferty Live in Studio
Filmmakers Eshom Nelms and Ian Nelms were joined by actor James Lafferty to discuss SMALL TOWN CRIME at SXSW.

KXAN / NBC Affiliate (March 13, 2017) -- Interview w/ The Nelms Bros. Live in Studio
Filmmakers Eshom Nelms and Ian Nelms visited the studio to discuss SMALL TOWN CRIME at SXSW.
 

SMALL TOWN CRIME

NO FILM SCHOOL Podcast (May 22, 2017) -- "Divide and Conquer: Why You Should Work with a Co-Director"
No Film School's Podcast on SMALL TOWN CRIME highlighted the work of writers/directors Eshom Nelms & Ian Nelms, who were joined by the film's Director of Photography, Johnny Derango, and composer, Chris Westlake.

ACCESS HOLLYWOOD (April 1, 2017) -- "Best of the Fest" by Scott Mantz (Film Critic)
Sr. Producer and Film Critic, Scott Mantz, named SMALL TOWN CRIME as one of his picks for "Best of the Fest" from the 2017 SXSW Film Festival.

VARIETY (March 20, 2017) -- "Saban Films Buys John Hawkes' Drama 'SMALL TOWN CRIME'"
On the heels of incredible responses from SXSW audience screenings, SMALL TOWN CRIME  was acquired by Saban Films.  The film will be distributed in movie theaters across the U.S. in the fourth quarter of 2017.

NEW YORK TIMES (March 17, 2017) -- "A Film Diary" by Mekado Murphy
Sr. Movies Editor, Mekado Murphy, had previously featured SMALL TOWN CRIME on the NYT's "Top 5 Titles to Watch For" months before SXSW and his championship for the film continued after its world premiere with a sit down interview with John Hawkes and Octavia Spencer, which was featured on the NYT website, live on the NYT Facebook page, and promoted via @NYTarts. 

TWITTER (March 14, 2017) -- SXSW #TwitterHouse Interview w/ John Hawkes, Caity Lotz, Clifton Collins Part 1
TWITTER (March 14, 2017) -- SXSW #TwitterHouse Interview w/ John Hawkes Caity Lotz, Clifton Collins Part 2
Twitter invited the Nelms Bros. and select cast to their #TwitterHouse at SXSW for short interviews, which were promoted on their handle @TwitterMovies to over 7.1 Million followers.

(Film Review) AIN'T IT COOL NEWS (March 13, 2017) -- Head Geek Harry Knowles POSITIVE Review
Review & Twitter Excerpts: "HOLY SHIT…   sometimes… like with SMALL TOWN CRIME – you get home runs." "Hawkes is genetically perfect to play a hybrid of Eastwood & Bogart and I’m not even fucking kidding. Robert Forster has a bit of Bronson going on here.  Clifton Collins Jr…  he’s next level bug-fucking insanely fun in this film – and when you see the car he drives…  you’ll applaud.  1200 in the Paramount did.  I’m not even gonna mention the culprits – just – let this movie unfold for you.  It’s the best of low budget crime flicks – and is unrelenting in stepping up the stakes. " "SMALL TOWN CRIME... not TIME, nothing is small time about this film, kinda film I could watch three times in a row #SXSW" "After the fest, I have to see their three previous films, SQUIRREL TRAP (2004), LOST ON PURPOSE (2013) and WAFFLE STREET (2015).  I HAVE to see them because… SMALL TOWN CRIME is just… spectacular."

(Film Review) BOOM HOWDY (March 13, 2017) -- POSITIVE Review
Review Excerpts:  "Shane Black walked into a movie, nodded to the Coen Brothers who were busy wrestling with Quentin Tarantino. This is what Small Town Crime feels like." "Small Town Crime is unique, it is a conglomerate narrative that slips in and out of several different types of genre; all while somehow residing comfortably under the shadowy umbrella of crime-noir.” The truly impressive thing about the film, though, is not that it attempts these shifts, it is that these shifts are so effective. The film doesn’t work in spite of these different elements, it works because of them.  What could have been a standard, down on his luck, P.I. story becomes a fever dream of successful filmmaking that combines elements of the work seen from the directors listed above. That is not to say this film is a puzzle of derivation. It is not pieces of other source material. No, this film has its own narrative and voice.” "So while SMALL TOWN CRIME can be described by a one sentence pitch, the film itself is an experience that is far more layered and engaging than that. It is rare that one leaves a movie that ends with bloodshed and ultra-violence with a grin, but SMALL TOWN CRIME manages to do just that."

(Film Review) CINAPSE (March 12, 2017) -- POSITIVE Review
Review Excerpts: "Kendall is a great representative of the tone of the film itself: riding that razor’s edge of knowing humor and gritty violence with a splash of unpredictability." "SMALL TOWN CRIME is first and foremost an engaging who-done-it mystery that successfully swings between moments of character based humor (such as Clifton Collins Jr’s “Mood”, a pimp who’s a lot smarter than his swagger suggests) and character based violence (such as the hitmen who menace Kendall with an Anton Chigur-esque threat). The range in tone never feels jarring, but always right for the characters, and SMALL TOWN CRIME endears us to its characters so effectively one is immediately desirous of a series of ongoing adventures set in this mountainous, midwestern world of noir."

ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT (Canada) (March 12, 2017) -- Interview with Octavia Spencer and Stefanie Scott
ET Canada sat down with Octavia Spencer (EP & star) and cast-member Stefanie Scott to discuss STC's world premiere.

THE AUSTIN CHRONICLE (March 10, 2017) -- "SMALL TOWN CRIME is a Nasty Bit of Noir"
SMALL TOWN CRIME was featured in the Austin Chronicle's 2017 SXSW Official Preview Issue.

THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER (March 10, 2017) -- Exclusive 'SMALL TOWN CRIME' Poster & Movie Clip Reveal
In advance of its world premiere, THR debuted an exclusive clip from SMALL TOWN CRIME and a special SXSW film poster.

FANDANGO (March 8, 2017) -- "5 Films to See at SXSW"
SMALL TOWN CRIME was featured on Fandango's "5 Films to See at SXSW."

NO FILM SCHOOL (March 8, 2017) -- "10 Most Anticipated Movies at SXSW"
SMALL TOWN CRIME was featured on the popular film site's list of most anticipated films to see at SXSW.

ROLLING STONE (March 9, 2017) -- "20 Must-See Movies to Catch at SXSW"
SMALL TOWN CRIME was featured on the renowned music publication's list of "Must-See" films at SXSW.

NEW YORK TIMES (January 31, 2017) -- "SXSW: 5 Titles to Watch For"
SMALL TOWN CRIME was featured on the New York Times list of their top 2017 SXSW picks across film and television.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY (Jan 31, 2017) -- 2017 SXSW Full Lineup Announcement features SMALL TOWN CRIME
Piece on 2017 SXSW full lineup features SMALL TOWN CRIME.

VARIETY (Jan 5, 2017) -- 2017 SXSW Teaser Announcement pickup highlights Nelms Bros.
"Eshom Nelms and Ian Nelms direct from their own script in the story..."

THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER (Jan 5, 2017) -- 2017 SXSW Teaser Announcement of Opening Night & Select Features
"... titles that will be showcased during the event: Eshom and Ian Nelms' action thriller SMALL TOWN CRIME…” 

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY (Jan. 5, 2017) -- 2017 SXSW Teaser Announcement features Small Town Crime
"Projects also screening for the first time... SMALL TOWN CRIME, a murder mystery starring John Hawkes..."

YAHOO! MOVIES (Jan 5, 2017) -- 2017 SXSW Teaser Announcement features the Nelms Bros.
"Eshom Nelms and Ian Nelms direct from their own script..."

YAHOO! NEWS (Jan 5, 2017) -- 2017 SXSW Teaser Announcement highlights SMALL TOWN CRIME
"The festival also revealed several other titles... Eshom and Ian Nelms' action thriller SMALL TOWN CRIME…"

DEADLINE (Jan 5, 2017) -- 2017 SXSW Teaser Announcement showcases SMALL TOWN CRIME
"SXSW also announced the first set of of other films set to world premiere... dark comedy-thriller SMALL TOWN CRIME from writer-directors Eshom Nelms and Ian Nelms…”

THE WRAP (Jan 5, 2017) -- 2017 SXSW Teaser Announcement highlights Nelms Bros.
"Other selected titles to premiere at the 2017 event include Eshom and Ian Nelms’ “SMALL TOWN CRIME…” 

INDIEWIRE (Jan 5, 2017) -- 2017 SXSW Teaser Announcement features SMALL TOWN CRIME
Piece on SMALL TOWN CRIME features photo image of John Hawkes from film.

MSN (Jan. 5, 2017) -- 2017 SXSW Teaser Announcement highlights SMALL TOWN CRIME
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Eshom Nelms and Ian Nelms direct from their own script in the story..."

SOUTH BY SOUTHWEST (SXSW)  (Jan 5, 2017) -- 2017 SXSW Teaser Announcement / Official Press Release
SXSW highlighted the Opening Night film and 6 additional titles as a sneak preview of the 2017 festival lineup.

THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER (May 24, 2016) -- "John Hawkes, Octavia Spencer to Star in Gritty Thriller 'Small Town Crime'"
Exclusive cast announcement on SMALL TOWN CRIME reveals John Hawkes, Octavia Spencer, Anthony Anderson, Robert Forster, Clifton Collins Jr., Michael Vartan, Daniel Sunjata, Don Harvey, James Lafferty, Jeremy Ratchford, Caity Lotz and Dale Dickey.
 

WAFFLE STREET

INDIEWIRE (October 5, 2015) -- Woodstock Film Festival Maverick Award Winners Announced
Woodstock Film Festival honors WAFFLE STREET with Inaugural Carpe Diem Award for Best Film.

THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER (September 28, 2015) -- Hollywood Film Festival Announces Winners
Hollywood Film Festival honors WAFFLE STREET with Best Narrative Film Award.

INDIEWIRE (September 24, 2015) -- "Tallgrass Film Festival Announces Lineup, including 'Waffle Street' and more
Feature on Tallgrass Film Festival's official lineup showcases WAFFLE STREET.

VARIETY (September 10, 2015) -- "Hollywood Film Festival Shines Light on Social Causes"
Feature on Hollywood Film Festival's official lineup showcases WAFFLE STREET.