Sally Kirkland Joins Penelope Mitchell, Chris Johnson and Kyle Gass in Cast of Gnaw

DENVER, CO - Sally Kirkland, Oscar-nominated, Golden Globe and Spirit Award-winning actress (ANNA, VALLEY OF THE DOLLS, THE STING), joins the already stellar cast of the feature film, GNAW, directed by Haylar Garcia.

The film stars Penelope Mitchell (CURVE, CW’s THE VAMPIRE DIARIES and Netflix’s HEMLOCK GROVE), Chris Johnson (xXx: STATE OF THE UNION, L.A. NOIRE, CURSED), and Kyle Gass (TENACIOUS D IN THE PICK OF DESTINY, KUNG FU PANDA, ELF).

GNAW follows Jennifer Conrad (Mitchell), a small-town girl fleeing from an abusive husband (Johnson) and struggling to make a new life for herself in the big city while something is eating away at her… bite by bite.  This is Garcia’s follow-up to the award-winning and critically acclaimed AN AMERICAN TERROR. 

GNAW starts principal photography in May in Denver, Colorado.  The production is in part funded by Colorado’s progressive film incentive program. GNAW is a joint production of Unreal Media and Wrecking Ball Pictures.

Unreal Media LLC was formed in December 2014 in Denver Colorado by three seasoned entertainment professionals.  Its founders, Betsy Leighton, Stephan Shelanski and Richard Turner bring experience in film and TV production, development, script-writing, acquisitions, financing, distribution, legal/business affairs, executive management, marketing and publicity.  Our work experience includes several top-tier entertainment companies such as Starz, HBO, Sony Pictures, Liberty Global, Scorsese Productions, Anchor Bay Entertainment and High Noon Productions.  It is focused on Colorado-based productions in non-scripted television and independent film for all forms of distribution, including theatrical, television and digital. 

Wrecking Ball Pictures is a collaboration of Haylar Garcia, Kathryn Gould, Jim Brennan, Patrick Hackett and Michael Haskins. The members of Wrecking Ball have performed directing, writing and production duties on many projects, including An American Terror, Decay, Actor Martinez, and For the Living. The team’s projects have appeared on ABC, Velocity and Sony Pictures Classics. It is focused on Colorado-based productions for all forms of distribution, including theatrical, television and digital.