June 6, 2011 by Mike McNamara
OHIO NATIVES LAND IN… OHIO! Another nice crop of features is heading to Ohio, on top of the three we mentioned in last month’s “Call Sheet.” Even better, three of these filmmakers are Ohio natives returning from the coasts to shoot on their home turf. Hang on, I’ll introduce you…
HAILING FROM COLUMBUS: “How I Met Your Mother” star and Columbus native Josh Radnor will direct “Liberal Arts” this summer in the Buckeye State. The actor will play a 35-year-old still yearning for college life who must face his age and responsibilities in the follow-up to his 2010 movie “happythankyoumoreplease.” Radnor has recruited Academy Award nominee Richard Jenkins (“The Visitor”) and Golden Globe nominee Allison Janney (“The West Wing”) to keep him company for this shoot.
AND FROM CINCINNATI… Cincy native Eric Fischer will be producing the horror thriller “Seven Below Zero” in Goshen and rural Clermont County, beginning in early July. Apparently, Fischer had scouted Louisiana but brought the film to his hometown after learning about Ohio’s movie tax incentives. In “Zero,” six stranded bus riders encountering spirits in a home where a murder happened 100 years ago. Val Kilmer has signed on for the project, Ving Rhames is thinkin’ about it.
CAN YOU SAY TUSCARAWAS COUNTY? New Philadelphia (that’s in Ohio) native, Tuscarawas Valley High grad and award-winning writer/director Rik Swartzwelder is back from the west coast to make his feature debut with the romantic comedy “Old Fashioned.” The $500K production is casting and crewing up now for a fall shoot in Bolivar (population of around 900) and throughout Tuscarawas County.
PLAYBOY GIVES IT TO US: As you heard from SCREEN earlier this month, NBC has picked up the one-hour drama “The Playboy Club” and more importantly, they are definitely shooting in Chicago. There had been some uncertainty about where the full season would be filmed but rest assured, they ain’t goin’ nowhere. Eddie Cibrian (should we call him Mr. LeAnn Rimes?) and Amber Heard (“Zombieland”) star.
SHOOTING ROUNDABOUT IN CHICAGO: Shooting begins this month on the indie feature “Roundabout American,” a comedy about a young French Guy who comes to the States and lives a strange version of the American Dream. Director Boris Wexler has teamed up with veteran filmmaker Julian Grant (“The Defiled”) and an all-Chicago cast and crew; more about Boris at www.boriswexler.com and you can find Julian at www.juliangrant.com.
BOSS UPDATE: The Starz series will be wrapping up its eight-episode shoot in Chicago around July 25th or so. As I mentioned this spring, Gus Van Sant and Mario Van Peebles are among the directors that will be leading Kelsey Grammer and a cast chock full of Chicago talent this summer.
Is your film heading into production? Please drop me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell me all about it. I’ll do my best to include it in “The Call Sheet.”
Mike McNamara is the Co-Founder of The Midwest Independent Film Festival, give them a “like” on facebook at www.facebook.com/midwestfilm. Mike pays his rent as an actor in Chicago in theatre, commercials, television and film. More from Mac at www.findmac.com.