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.
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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(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 Egnatios, Jennifer 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.
(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.
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.
A special limited edition Blu-Ray of the film is available exclusively through this company’s website.
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 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.
Teaser is below:
The multi award winning film “God’s Ears” (VisionFest, The Big Island Film Festival, Las Vegas International Film Festival) is now available for streaming rental and purchase on Vimeo.com. Use promo code “autism” for the month of July and get $1 off the purchase price.
Written and directed by Michael Worth, this touching indie love story follows two people whose lives should have never intersected finding themselves together on a road of discovery. The film stars Margot Farley, John Saxon, Tim Thomerson, Mitzi Kapture-Donaue, Lois Stewart and Michael Worth.
God’s Ears will be available on Amazon streaming later this month as well.