Polishes start indie film company

Independent filmmakers Mark and Michael Polish have formed their own production company, Prohibition Pictures, and will be making two films back to back at Melody Ranch Studios in Santa Clarita, starting Tuesday.

"Manure," a comedy about manure salesmen, will star Billy Bob Thornton, Tea Leoni and Kyle MacLachlan. "Stay Cool," another comedy, will star Winona Ryder, Sean Astin and Chevy Chase.

Both scripts were written by the Polish brothers and will be directed by Michael, with Mark taking acting roles in each. The two films also will feature some of the same behind-the-scenes staff, including cinematographer David Mullen, production designer Clark Hunter and costume designer Bic Owen.

The Polish brothers' previous films are "Twin Falls Idaho" (1999), "Jackpot" (2001) and "Northfork" (2003). They are natives of El Centro, Calif.

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