“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.

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“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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The Butterfly Guard releases new set photos

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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.

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(Epstein and Mcully as fighter and trainer, Brad and Shane)

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(Michael Worth with the locals in Thailand while production took place at the Muay Thai fights in Pattaya)

 

 

 

“Catfish Blues” wins Audience Choice Award for Best Feature at the 2016 Big Island Film Festival

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.

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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.