Actor Rance Howard capped off his very impressive lifetime resume with his first and final leading role in director Michael Worth’s road trip drama, Apple Seed. The film will get its World Film Festival premiere on April 14 2019 at The Arizona International Film Festival. The film features Rance’s son Clint Howard in the special role of Hughie. This would poignantly be the only time the pair would actually play father and son on screen. Shot primarily in Arizona and Vermont, the film will have a one night showing at The Screening Room in Tucson Arizona at 6pm.
The film follows would-be bank robber Prince Mccoy (Michael Worth) as he reluctantly picks up an 80 year old hitchhiker Carl Robbins (Rance Howard) who as it happens just was released from prison after 40 years for the same crime. The cast also includes Adrienne Barbeau and Robby Benson. Worth and Howard will attend the panel after the film’s screening as well as other TBD members of cast and crew for a Q&A with the audience.
(photos courtesy Button and Reel Entertainment and Grizzly Peak Films)
Michael Worth has just released the trailer for his road-trip film Apple Seed — and while it is just a teaser with hints about the plot, it shows off the final feature film performance of actor Rance Howard as well as the film’s vintage Americana look and feel. Howard, father of director Ron and actor Clint, passed away just a month after the film’s principal photography in late 2017.
The story follows want-to-be bank robber Prince Mccoy (Michael Worth) on a cross country drive with his 80-something year old hitchhiker Carl Robbins (Rance Howard) who as it turns out is just out of prison for the same crime.
The story is rounded out by a talented cast including Esther Anderson, Adrienne Barbeau, Robby Benson, Sarah De La Isla, Dasha Chadwick and Clint Howard, the two Howards playing father and son for the first time in their careers. Produced by Dustin Rikert, Jody Marriott Bar-Lev , Jennifer Kamstock and Avi Bar-Lev.
“I wrote this script ten years before production actually began,” Worth said . “It was conceived for my friend Rance from the start and that he stuck around on his journey here long enough to give me the opportunity to see it through will always be one of my greatest highlights in this career.”
The California wildfires have completely devastated the small Northern California town of Paradise, north of Sacramento. Being considered the most destructive fire in the state’s history, the loss of life has reached 29 as of this writing, with over 200 still considered missing.
In 2015, the town of Paradise was the filming location for Grizzly Peak Films’ “Catfish Blues“, a family coming of age drama (winner of the Audience Choice Best Feature at The Big Island Film Festival 2016). Several of the film’s key locations, including the historic 132 year old Honey Run Bridge (featured on the DVD menu) are now destroyed.
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(Actor Max Tadman walks the length of the Honey Run Bridge in a scene from “Catfish Blues”)
To view a scene filmed on the historic bridge, click the poster below.
Hollywood character actor Rance Howard (who passed away last year at 88 years old) completed his final feature film performance in the drama/comedy Apple Seed which releases its first poster below. Written and directed by Howard’s co-star Michael Worth (Batman Forever, The Butterfly Guard), the film is about an aspiring bank robber (Worth) who on a cross country road trip to knock over his home town bank, picks up an 80 year old man (Howard) who was just released from prison for the same crime. The film also stars Esther Anderson (Home and Away), Adrienne Barbeau (Escape From New York), Robby Benson (Beauty and the Beast, Ode to Billy Joe) and Howard’s youngest son, Clint (Gentle Ben), the pair playing father and son for the first time in their careers. The film is a co-production between Button & Reel Entertainment and Grizzly Peak Films. Produced by Dustin Rikert, Jody Marriot Bar-Lev and Avi Bar-Lev.
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.
Preorders are available on blu-ray at Amazon and on iTunes now!