Mary Aloe, Aloe Entertainment, Sony Pictures & Vertical Entertainment Announce the US Theatrical & Cable Release of 55 STEPS Starring Helena Bonham Carter & Hilary Swank

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55 STEPS tells the true story of a pro bono rights lawyer, Colette Hughes, who goes to meet her new client, Eleanor Riese, a patient in the psychiatric unit of a San Francisco hospital. She has no idea that, aside from taking on an uphill legal battle to improve treatment for mental patients in hospitals, she is meeting a woman who will make it her mission to transform Colette's workaholic life.

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55 STEPS tells the true story of a pro bono rights lawyer Colette Hughes (Hilary Swank) and Eleanor Riese (Helena Bonham Carter), a patient in the psychiatric unit of a San Francisco hospital, and their uphill legal battle to improve treatment for mental patients in hospitals.

Mary Aloe, executive producer, Aloe Entertainment, Sony Pictures and Vertical Entertainment are pleased to announce the cable and theatrical releases of 55 STEPS, which stars two-time Oscar nominee Helena Bonham Carter ("The Wings of the Dove," "King's Speech," "The Crown"), two-time Oscar winner/two-time Golden Globe winner Hilary Swank ("Million Dollar Baby," "Boys Don't Cry"). The film is directed by Bille August and written by Mark Rosin. Last year 55 STEPS was in competition at the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). The film will be released via all cable networks on October 16, 2018 and theatrically on November 16, 2018.

55 STEPS tells the true story of pro bono lawyer Colette Hughes (Hilary Swank) who, when she goes to meet her new client, Eleanor Riese (Helena Bonham Carter), a patient in the psychiatric unit of a San Francisco hospital, has no idea that, aside from taking on an uphill legal battle to improve treatment for mental patients in hospitals, she is meeting a woman who will make it her mission to transform Colette's workaholic life and change the laws/rights for mentally ill patients forever.

Executive Producer Mary Aloe stated, "This bio-pic is extraordinarily directed and written, Hilary Swank and Helena Bonham Carter give inspiring and outstanding performances. It is one of great importance we hope everyone can see."

About Mary Aloe and Aloe Entertainment:
Aloe Entertainment is one of Los Angeles' most prolific independent production companies. The Los Angeles based feature film/television company was created in 1999 by Mary Aloe. Mary Aloe and Aloe Entertainment produces and finances individual pictures and slates of movies. Aloe Entertainment specializes in developing/producing independent features, television series, and network and cable event movies. Mary Aloe and Aloe Entertainment specialize in obtaining 100% financing for features by raising private equity; working with hedge funds, gap financing, top tier foreign sales companies and securing domestic distribution. As well, Mary Aloe's vast knowledge of P and A financing was recognized when she was brought in to run a 50 million dollar P and A fund for Merrill Lynch. Producer Mary Aloe and Aloe Entertainment, along with her development team, have produced a record ten features in the last four years alone including Weinstein's "Wild Oats" starring Shirley MacLaine and Jessica Lange, Screen Media's "Mothers and Daughters" starring Susan Sarandon and Sharon Stone, "Dear Dictator" starring Sir Michael Caine, and the Sundance Film selected film with Screen Media "Ten Thousand Saints" starring Ethan Hawke, Hailee Steinfeld and Emil Hirsch. In Q 3 of 2017 Mary Aloe produced and financed Beast of Burden with Momentum Pictures and Voltage Pictures starting Daniel Radcliffe. In Q 4 of 2017 Mary Aloe produced and financed “Killerman” starring Liam Hemsworth. In 2018, Producer Mary Aloe just wrapped "Disturbing the Peace" with Guy Pearce, Momentum Pictures and Voltage Pictures. In January 2019, Mary Aloe and the Aloe Entertainment team will be producing "Flight of the Swallow," in Bucharest.

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