First images from “The Sugar Moon Tribe” released

 

a007_c014_0119sm-0001447The first photos from the set of The Sugar Moon Tribe, Grizzly Peak Films‘ follow up to their film festival smash Seeking Dolly Parton, have been released.  Starring Kacey Clarke, Sonya Davis, Michael Worth, Raffaello Degruttola, Lois Stewart, Miranda LeRae, Jennifer Kamstock, Bambiana, Odell Mack and introducing Mack Gamble Bevitz.A006_C013_01184PThe film written and directed by Worth follows two women (Clarke, Davis) who in discovering the challenges of raising a baby in an upper class setting in San Francisco are too much, start a communal living arrangement with a diverse group of friends.  The drama-comedy from CNC Movie Factory has a tentative release date for fall of 2017.

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The film is currently shooting in San Francisco and Berkeley, California and will wrap production this February.

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“Seeking Dolly Parton” follow-up gets title, begins pre-production

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(Michael Worth rehearses actresses Kacey Clarke and Sonya Davis)

The lesbian-themed romantic comedy Seeking Dolly Parton, which made the festival rounds last year and is releasing under the Gravitas Label this spring, has an official follow up already going into production.  Titled The Sugar Moon Tribe, the story, once again from writer/director Michael Worth, picks up a couple years after the original and continues a love story between the two female characters of the first film, Charlie and Cerina.   The cast is lead by Kacey Clarke and new addition Sonya Davis as the afore mentioned characters.  The rest of the returning cast are Raffaello Degruttola, Michael Worth, Alex Ballar and recent Best Actress winner, 94-year-old Lois Stewart.  Also announced are transgendered actress Bambiana of the reality series Transcendent, Tara EgnatiosJennifer Kamstock and 6-month-old Mack Gamble Bevitz in his feature film debut.  The film is produced by CNC Movie Factory and Grizzly Peak Films.

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(Clarke and Davis rehearse for the indie romantic comedy The Sugar Moon Tribe)

Plot details are currently under wraps but writer Worth reveals the film “takes Charlie and Cerina on a very organic, if somewhat bumpy, journey into a new story that is slightly more ensemble but true to the focus of these two beautiful characters”.  Rehearsals began this week in Los Angeles where several photos were just released.  Principal photography begins in San Francisco later this month.

“Catfish Blues” brings in the New Year with wins; Best Feature and Best Actress

Grizzly Peak Films’ comedy drama and last years Big Island Film Festival Audience Choice winner has opened up 2017 with several more festival honors.  The Hollywood Verge Film Festival announced its winners for 2016 and Catfish Blues managed to take home Best Feature Film as well as a Best Actress win for its 94 year old star, Lois Stewart.

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The coming-of-age story follows young Dylan (Max Tadman) who spends a summer with the small town resident Helen (Stewart) as they search for lost animals but ultimately discover their lost selves.  The film also received nominations for Best Comedy, Best Screenplay (Michael Worth) and Best Director (Junior Bonner).

The film is available for rental and sale on iTunes and Amazon.

“Catfish Blues” releases to iTunes, Amazon and Special Blu-ray!

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.

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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.

A special limited edition Blu-Ray of the film is available exclusively through this company’s website.

“Catfish Blues” Receives Three Festival Nominations!

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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.

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The film is scheduled for a release on digital download platforms and a limited edition Blu-ray this fall.

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The Butterfly Guard releases 2nd teaser

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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.

 

World Premiere of “Uncle Billy’s Song” from CATFISH BLUES

Screen Shot 2016-07-17 at 1.30.55 PMFrom 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.

 

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