Catfish Blues to screen at The Big Island Film Festival, first clip

In anticipation of the world premiere for the coming of age story “Catfish Blues” at The Big Island Film festival this May, Grizzly Peak Films releases the first clip.  The film, written and directed by Junior Bonner, stars Max Tadman and 94 year old Lois Stewart making her leading role debut.


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The Butterfly Guard – First teaser trailer released

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The new indie feature film from Grizzly Peak Films gets its first teaser trailer.  “The Butterfly Guard” is a drama about two fighters as they make the journey from opposite ends of the world to fight each other and the realizations they face along the way.  Written and directed by actor Michael Worth, the film is set to release in late 2016.  The announced cast includes Worth, Tim Thomerson, MMA veteran Justin Mccully and Ivan Sergei (Once a Thief).  The first look at the film teases at the more serious dramatic tone of the feature, a detour from the usual “forced-to-fight” story lines in the genre.

Teaser is below:

 

“Seeking Dolly Parton” gets World Premiere in Miami with cast appearance, New Trailer released

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Grizzly Peak Films’ first release of 2015 is the romantic comedy “Seeking Dolly Parton” starring Kacey Barnfield (Resident Evil: Afterlife), Anya Monzikova (Iron Man 2) and Michael Worth (Our Father).  The film centers on two women wanting to have a baby and the ex-boyfriend who steps up to help to unexpected results for all.  The film also features Raffaello Degruttola (Rush), Alex Ballar (All American Zombie Drugs) and Lois Stewart (God’s Ears) and was written and directed by Worth.

The film gets its world festival premiere May 2, 2015 on the closing night of The Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival ( http://www.mglff.com/).  Barnfield, Monzikova and Worth are all scheduled to appear at the event.   Tickets go on sale in March, 2015.

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The newest trailer is available here.

Seeking Dolly Parton – Trailer #2 from Grizzly Peak Films on Vimeo.

First images from Grizzly Peak Films “The Butterfly Guard” released

Several photos from the upcoming fighter drama “The Butterfly Guard” directed and starring Michael Worth have made their way online.  Worth (Broken Memories, God’s Ears) re-teams with cinematographer Chia-Yu Chen (Bring Me The Head Of Lance Henriksen) and executive producers Natalie Cardenas and Chris Ross for the project.

The film revolves around the sacrifices and choices several fighters have to make pursuing their professional careers and the repercussions they must also face along the way.  Worth plays Tyler Bowie, a man trapped within an emotional and physical purgatory as he contemplates returning to the fight game while surviving in the streets of Thailand.  The film wrapped its first location in Pattaya, Thailand and will resume filming in Northern California in early 2015.

More cast and crew to be announced soon.

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Principal Photography Wraps on “Broken Memories”

Michael Worth directs on the set of Broken Memories

Michael Worth directs on the set of Broken Memories

Ivan Sergei, Rance Howard, Cerina Vincent and Kelly Greyson Stars in Romantic-Drama

Los Angeles, CA – “Broken Memories,” a romantic-drama directed by Michael Worth (“Enchanting the Mortals”) has officially wrapped principle photography. The feature film, shot throughout Southern California, stars Ivan Sergei, Rance Howard, Cerina Vincent and Kelly Greyson.

The screenplay was written by Frankie Lauderdale and is produced by Kassi Crews through Broken Memories, LLC with Gary Levinsohn (“Jack Reacher”) as executive producer. “Broken Memories” enters into the postproduction phase at Digital Jungle and is on track to be released in 2015.

“Broken Memories” is a romantic drama that follows a son, Levi, dealing with Jasper, his father who is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. While Jasper fights everyday to remember, Levi is trying to forget and put the past behind him. As the father’s state continues to decline, the family welcomes a beautiful and somewhat mysterious caretaker named Maggie who’s presence helps to heal old family wounds.

Director Michael Worth started his acting career in film before landing the role of Tommy on “Acapulco HEAT.” In 2002, he began to write, produce and direct his own projects. “God’s Ears” is his first feature film as director for which he has received Best Director as well as The Domani Vision Award For Emerging Talent in New York. Most recently he directed “Fort McCoy.”

Director and actor Michael Worth on location.

Director and actor Michael Worth on location.

Ivan Sergei, who plays Jasper’s son Levi, first became known for John Woo’s 1996 film “Once a Thief.” He has been featured on screen in “Dangerous Minds,” “The Opposite of Sex,” “The Break Up,” “Jewtopia” and “Vamps.” His wide spanning career includes television roles on “Crossing Jordan,” “Hawaii,” “Charmed,” “Touched by an Angel,” and “Warehouse 13.” Currently, Sergei can be seen portraying Jack Taylor on ABC Family’s drama “Twisted.”

Rance Howard plays the Alzheimer’s inflicted Jasper In “Broken Memories.” The father of Clint and Ron Howard, Rance has acted in over 100 films beginning with “Frontier Woman” in 1956. He is best known for his roles in “Cool Hand Luke,” “Chinatown,” “A Beautiful Mind” and “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” In 2013, he played Woody Grant’s brother in the acclaimed film “Nebraska.”

Worth works with actors Cerina Vincent and Ivan Sergei

Worth works with actors Cerina Vincent and Ivan Sergei

Arguably best known as Maya the yellow Power Ranger, Cerina Vincent moved from the small screen to big with prominent roles in the hit films “Not Another Teen Movie” and “Cabin Fever.” After which, Cerina has found much success in guest star roles on most television’s major hit shows including “CSI,” “Bones,” and “Two and Half Men.”

Kelly Greyson is best known for her staring role in the historical drama, “Alone Yet Not Alone,” which screened nationally this summer. “Alone Yet Not Alone,” gained industry wide attention this awards season when its titular song, written by Bruce Broughton with lyrics by Dennis Spiegel, was nominated and then rescinded for an Academy Award. Greyson can also be seen in “Return to the Hiding Place” (www.hide-movie.com) wide-released in February 2015. She is featured in the film “Little Boy,” starring Kevin James, due out in 2015 as well and stars in the upcoming period piece “To Have and to Hold.”

Gary Levinsohn is a Los Angeles based film producer and owner of Mutual Film Company. He has earned a reputation as a highly innovative film financing entity, known for delivering eclectic, high quality films. Some of the titles Levinsohn has been involved with include “Saving Private Ryan,” directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Tom Hanks, which received 11 Academy Award® nominations and grossed over $400 million worldwide; the “Tomb Raider” franchise starring Angelina Jolie, “Deadfall,” starring Eric Bana, Olivia Wilde, and Charlie Hunnam; and the blockbuster hit “Jack Reacher”, starring Tom Cruise. Earlier films include “The Jackal,” “Twelve Monkeys” and “The Patriot.”

Michael Worth returns to the fight film genre with indie “The Butterfly Guard”

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In 1991, Michael Worth made his leading man debut in the kickboxing style film, “Final Impact” with Lorenzo Lamas. But after signing to a string of low budget head kickers, in the early part of 2003, Worth moved further from the genre to continue his dream of more exploritory and creative films. He began to raise money for his own modest film projects founding Grizzly Peak Films.

“It was a risk financially, but a no brainer creatively”, Worth says about stepping away from the Kickboxing paychecks. His first feature film as a writer/director, “God’s Ears”, became a film festival winning smash success, winning Worth among other awards, The Domani Vision Award for Emerging Talent in 2008 from Visionfest. Since then he has created a myriad of projects including the forthcoming “Bring Me the Head of Lance Henriksen” and “Seeking Dolly Parton”.

This December Worth returns to the genre that started his career, but with a twist. “I want to do a film about the people in the sport rather than just the choreography”. Filming across the globe from Bangkok, Thailand to Oakland, California, “The Butterfly Guard” is about those sacrifices and journeys fighters take when they dedicate their life to the path of competition. “Fighters are a unique animal”, he says, “but share many commonalities with all people following a dream and we are exploring that here”.

Executive Producers Chris Ross and Natalie Cardenas have come on board to help Worth turn the story to a celluloid reality. The cameras roll this December in Pattaya and Bangkok wrapping in the states in January, 2015.