Grizzly Peak Films with CNC Movie Factory and actor/director Michael Worth have wrapped principal photography on The Butterfly Guard. The dramatic feature follows two fighters (Worth and Scottie Epstein of Never Back Down 2) as they take very different paths towards their fight with each other. The film also features MMA fighter Justin Mcully, Franchesca Agramonte, Luis Mercado, Jennifer Kamstock and Tim Thomerson (Trancers, Uncommon Valor). Other cast are announcing soon. The film began shooting in Thailand and completes its post production in Los Angeles, California.
(Epstein and Mcully as fighter and trainer, Brad and Shane)
(Michael Worth with the locals in Thailand while production took place at the Muay Thai fights in Pattaya)
Grizzly Peak Films’ “Catfish Blues” struck gold (or wood) at the 11th Annual Big Island Film Festival in Hawaii. Winning the fest’s Best Family Film, it also managed to scoop up the coveted Audience Choice Award for Best Feature Film, which is given an encore screening on the festival’s final night to traditionally its largest crowd.
Actor Michael Gross (Tremors, Family Ties) and wife Elza join Michael Worth and family on the film festival’s final day.
“Catfish Blues” is the 2nd film from producer and director Michael Worth to win the Audience Choice Award at the festival. In the 2009 Festival, Worth’s critically acclaimed “God’s Ears” also was awarded the Audience Choice Award. “Catfish Blues” is part of Grizzly Peak Films’ “Shoestring Program” that hones actors and filmmakers to rely on their creativity and passion over budgets to achieve greatness in film production. Worth inspired by his own “Super 8mm roots” began seeking and creating smaller story and character focused scripts in an effort to be more prolific in output for all those involved. “How many filmmakers do you know waiting for that ’10 million dollar’ budget to make their ‘epic script’?”, Worth says. “I see it all the time and I’d rather fall on my face in say, two out of eight productions, than just wait around to make that one ‘sure thing’ that usually never comes anyway.”
Several of Grizzly Peak Films’ productions including “Bring Me the Head of Lance Henriksen” and “Seeking Dolly Parton” were produced under this approach. “Catfish Blues” is the most recent to be released featuring mainly a group of unknown actors as well as “under the radar” veterans. This includes Worth’s own grandmother, 94 year old Lois Stewart, in one of the lead roles with up and coming actor, 15 year old Max Tadman.
The Big Island Film Festival is a true filmmaker’s festival operated by Jan and Leo Sears and runs once a year in May on the Kona side of Hawaii.
(The Butterfly Guard cast: Luis Mercado, Michael Worth, Justin Mccully and Scott Epstein)
“The Butterfly Guard”, described as a drama about the competitors in mixed martial arts who struggle to make it into the spotlight , revealed Tuesday several new cast additions. Joining director Michael Worth and Tim Thomerson (Trancers, Uncommon Valor) are actor and martial artist Scott Epstein (Never Back Down 2) and former UFC fighter, Justin Mccully (Bring Me the Head of Lance Henriksen). The production has filmed across the globe including Thailand and Los Angeles and also features Jennifer Kamstock and Luis Mercado.
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.
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.
One of Grizzly Peak Films more anticipated titles, “Seeking Dolly Parton”, has been green lit for a follow up film. The romantic lesbian themed comedy which stars Kacey Barnfield and Anya Monzikova, has been making the festival rounds prior to its limited online rental release September 27 on Vimeo. Encouraged by the film’s reception writer/director Michael Worth has already agreed to pen and direct the sequel. “It’s one of those films that was almost by design looking to continue its story,” he says. “Making this follow up is not about box office receipts since the first film hasn’t at this point made a penny, but because all of us involved feel we have only just begun to tell the story of these great characters from ‘Dolly'”.
Centering around a lesbian couple using an ex-boyfriend as their donor towards a baby, the situation sets up an emotional challenge for all three to confront and deal with before they can move forward. Worth points out: “I have never tried to do a follow up to any of our films before as unless something organically comes to me, I don’t want to do it because it’s a “gimmick”. But I think with Dolly, the story lends itself to so much more exploration and the ideas for it came to me almost in my sleep.”
Though no story details are yet available, the shooting title has been announced as “Marmalade Skies” and will begin production in late 2015. Cast members confirmed to return are Kacey Barnfield, Anya Monzikova, Raffaello Degruttola, Lois Stewart, Alex Ballar and Worth. Worth is currently in post production on the long awaited comedy, “Bring Me the Head of Lance Henriksen” also from Grizzly Peak Films.
Several days after the screening, the film will be available for a limited time world wide rental opportunity on Vimeo’s On-Demand channel. After which, the film will not be available for sale or rental until its retail distribution date later in the year. Pre orders available now!
The film has been showing to great reviews and audience attendance and looks to have another successful venue in the Windy City next week.