Grizzly Peak Films new drama/comedy “Apple Seed” started filming this month in Arizona and wraps up production in Vermont early next month. The road trip/bank robbery feature is executive produced by Jody and Avi Bar-Lev and is produced by Dustin Rikert and its director and star, Michael Worth. The film also stars Rance Howard (Nebraska), Esther Anderson (Home and Away), Robby Benson (Beauty and the Beast, Ode to Billy Joe), Adrienne Barbeau (Escape From New York) and Clint Howard (Han Solo: A Star Wars Story, The Missing).
Several on set photos have surfaced from the indie film project described as: “A man (Worth) who has hit a road block in life, decides to drive across the country to rob his hometown bank. On the way, he must rely on the help of a hitchhiking stranger (Howard) whose own seemingly erratic journey is on a collision course for the same destination”. The film has no set release date but is estimated as spring 2018.
The indie comedy from Grizzly Peak Films and CNC Movie Factory, Seeking Dolly Parton, is now available for sale and streaming on iTunes and Amazon. The lesbian based rom com from filmmaker Michael Worth stars Kacey Clarke, Anya Monzikova and Worth as a trio dealing with the end of some relationships and the beginning of new ones. Shot in beautiful Northern California, Seeking also stars Raffaello Degruttola (Saving Private Ryan), Alex Ballar (All American Zombie Drugs) and Lois Stewart (God’s Ears). The film screened at The Reeling Chicago Film Festival as well as The Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival.
The lesbian themed indie comedy Seeking Dolly Parton, starring Kacey Clarke, Anya Monzikova and Michael Worth, gets its official release on May 23 on Blu-ray, DVD and various streaming options. Shot in the San Francisco Bay Area, the film festival hit already has produced a sequel, The Sugar Moon Tribe, slated for release in late 2017. The film also stars Raffaello Degruttola (Saving Private Ryan), Lois Stewart (God’s Ears), Alex Ballar (All American Zombie Drugs) and is directed by Michael Worth.
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Grizzly Peak Films’ indie family comedy, “Catfish Blues” makes its debut on iTunes and Amazon today. The Big Island Film Festival Audience Choice winner stars Max Tadman as a young boy spending a summer away from home when he is brought out of his shell by the unlikely 90-year-old Lois Stewart. The two join forces to find the town’s lost pets and the missing pieces of their own lives. Also starring Tim Thomerson, Margot Farley-Stuart, Israel Saez De Miguel and Joyce Westerguard.
Executive Producer David Tadman and Producer Michael Worth with director Junior Bonner shot the festival winning project in Northern California in the city of Chico. Grizzly Peak Films is a Northern and Southern California based production company, utilizing the trained professionals of Los Angeles with the unique sense of environment and setting of its Northern counterpart.
Trying to break the “studio walls” of big productions with smaller passion projects, Grizzly Peak Films presents the first in a series of features to be released over the next few years. Following this are the lesbian based comedy Seeking Dolly Parton, the MMA drama The Butterfly Guard and a feature film that has taken nearly 5 years to bring to the screen, the docu-comedy Bring Me The Head of Lance Henriksen.
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After following up screenings and wins with The Big Island Film Festival and The Indie Film Awards, “Catfish Blues” from Grizzly Peak Films and executive producer David Tadman has been nominated for three more accolades from The Maverick Movie Awards in Los Angeles. With the first leading role for 94 year old actress Lois Stewart (and Grizzly Peak Films’ owner Michael Worth’s grandmother) she has been nominated as Best Actress for her effort (Stewart won a Best Supporting Actress award for her appearance in the film God’s Ears in 2011).
Stewart’s co-star, Tim Thomerson, has also received a Best Supporting nod for his role as a man struggling with Alzheimer’s. Thomerson is a long established actor in Hollywood acting along side the likes of Sylvester Stallone, Gene Hackman and Linda Hunt. He is also appearing in the upcoming Bring Me The Head of Lance Henriksen.
The film’s third nomination is for Best Cinematography, where the unique and beautiful setting of Chico, California was captured as the film’s background. Shot on both Canon 7D and 5Dmk2 cameras to utilize a more mobile crew through the backwoods of Northern California, the project completed principal photography within a quick 10 day shoot.
The film is scheduled for a release on digital download platforms and a limited edition Blu-ray this fall.
The anticipated return to the fight film genre from actor/director Michael Worth (God’s Ears, Batman Forever) gets a second teaser film. Described as The Wrestler for MMA, The Butterfly Guard focuses on the psychology of two fighters (Worth and Never Back Down 2‘s Scottie Epstein) on opposite ends of the world as they prepare to fight each other.
A drama “about fighters rather than fighting” is how the synopsis is touting the indie feature from Grizzly Peak Films and CNC Movie Factory. Shot in Thailand, Los Angeles and Salinas, California the film also stars former UFC fighter Justin Mccully, Franchesca Agramonte and Tim Thomerson. The release is set for festivals in 2016 and general release in 2017.
From the talented Florida based indie rock group “Wake The Neighbors” comes the official music video for “Uncle Billy’s Song”, the theme to Grizzly Peak Films’ family feature Catfish Blues. Shot during the band’s tour in California this month for their independently produced CD “Wake The Neighbors”, the music video is directed by Michael Worth and features an appearance by Catfish Blues’ star, Max Tadman. “This is one of the most beautiful songs we have had the pleasure of including in one of our films”, Worth shares.
The family friendly feature film Catfish Blues (also written by Worth) has a projected release worldwide on iTunes and Amazon in mid August.