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Waterdog Films announces '16 to Life theatrical release

Award-winning Romantic Comedy Slated to Premiere in Theaters Throughout the US

New York, New York—August 12, 2010—Waterdog Films announced today plans to premiere its latest feature film 16 to Life written and directed by Emmy-nominated director Becky Smith. The film is slated to open in the following cities:
Elkader, Iowa (Elkader Cinema, September 3)
Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin (Star Theater, September 3)
Iowa City, Iowa (Bijou Theater, September 8)
Cedar Rapids, Iowa (Collins Road, September 9)
Dubuque, Iowa (Mindframe Theaters, September 10)
Des Moines, Iowa (Fleur Cinema, September 10)
Davenport Quad Cities, Iowa (Rave Theater, September 10)
Omaha, Nebraska (Rave Theater, September 10)
Kansas City, Kansas (Glenwood Arts Theater, September 17)
Los Angeles, California (September 24)
Additional dates are expected and can be found at
This is Smith's first feature film directorial debut.

The award-winning 16 to Life is a romantic comedy that puts a wry, witty and unpredictable ensemble cast in a small-town locale reminiscent of a Capra comedy. Critics have often compared 16 to Life to the films Juno and Sixteen Candles. 16 to Life follows Kate (Halle Hirsh), a teenager whose angst about her sexual inexperience fuels a comic quest for love and understanding on a birthday to end all birthdays. Kate is turning Sweet 16 – and has never been kissed. Before the clock strikes midnight, Kate will learn more about love, lust and life, than she could ever imagine!

Despite challenging fiscal roadblocks that face countless independent films today, Waterdog Films was able to produce this feature film, in part, through Iowa tax incentives. The Iowa incentives, currently on hold, were also used for the Sundance premiered Sugar, which won national attention and went on to a theatrical release. 16 to Life is the second film produced under the tax incentive.

The ensemble cast is replete with familiar and fresh faces. Halle Hirsh (ER, You’ve Got Mail) plays Kate; Mandy Musgrave (South of Nowhere) portrays Darby; film veteran Theresa Russell (The Last Tycoon, Spiderman III) is Louise. Rounding out the cast is newcomer Shiloh Fernandez (The Girl with The Red Riding Hood, United States of Tara) who plays Rene and Jamie Gomez (Nash Bridges, Crimson Tide) as Ronald. Style guru and television personality Carson Kressley makes a cameo in the independent feature and also serves as one of the movie’s producers. Filmed entirely in Iowa (McGregor, Marquette and Stone City) the writer-director’s native state, 16 to Life has secured international attention winning six “Best Feature” awards at film festivals around the globe. Acting accolades were also bestowed upon Hirsh (Best Actress) and Russell (Best Supporting Actress).

16 to Life has been the darling of film festivals throughout the States and abroad. The feature has garnered six “Best Feature” awards from prestigious panels including: Landlocked Film Fest (Iowa), Methodfest (Los Angeles), Kansas Film Festival (Kansas), Asheville Film Festival (North Carolina), Tunisian International Film Festiva (Tuni), Toronto Female Eye Film Fest (Canada) and Iowa Motion Picture Association. The honors were compounded with two “Best Actress” nods for Halle Hirsh and a “Best Supporting Actress” honor to Theresa Russell.

Becky Smith is an Emmy-nominated director (Queer Eye for the Straight Guy). She received her Masters Degree in film from Stanford University and is an alumna of the American Film Institute's Directing Workshop for Women. The Okoboji, Iowa native is a faculty member at the UCLA Film School and currently resides in Los Angeles.