“Touchback” red carpet premiere April 20th, Presley expected

April 5th, 2012 at 5:25 pm by under Entertainment
“Touchback” red carpet premiere planned for April 20th in West Michigan

Kurt Russell and Brian Presley in a scene from "Touchback" courtesy Anchor Bay Films

UPDATED NEW INFO & PHOTOS:  On the same day as its local theatrical release, “Touchback” will have a red carpet premiere in Grand Rapids.  The premiere on opening night, April 20th at Celebration Cinema North is scheduled to include lead actor Brian Presley.

Presley plays Scott Murphy, a former football star turned farmer and family man who considers taking his own life to save his family.  However, when he wakes up he finds himself back in the past, reliving the events that led up to his career-ending, life-altering injury.  He is forced to choose between his simple life and the path to fame and fortune.

“Touchback” is set in Coldwater, Ohio but filmed for several weeks

David Diaz (#64), James Duvall (#38), Drew Powell (#78), Kurt Russell and Brian Presley (#14) in a scene from "Touchback" courtesy Anchor Bay Films

during the summer of 2010, mostly in Coopersville, but also in Grand Rapids, Detroit, and Ohio in Coshocton, Columbus, and Warsaw.

The red carpet Midwest premiere Friday, April 20th at 7:10pm will be a fundraiser for the West Michigan Film Office which works behind the scenes to get film projects interested in and filming in – West Michigan. The $20 ticket includes the movie, pop, popcorn, a walk down the red carpet, and a Q&A with Presley and others involved in making the movie.  You can get your tickets now through this link: “Touchback” premiere tickets.

Also on Friday, April 20th, “Touchback” will begin playing in three West Michigan theaters: Celebration!

Marc Blucas and Brian Presley scene from "Touchback" courtesy Anchor Bay Films

North, Celebration! South and Celebration! Rivertown.  The movie is rated PG-13 and runs 2 hours and 2 minutes long.

The cast includes Kurt Russell as the head coach, Presley in the lead role, Melanie Lynskey as his wife, Mark Blucas as a friend and teammate, Academy Award and Golden Globe winner Christine Lahti as the mother, Mark Ellis as opposition coach, Barry Sanders in a cameo role as an Assistant Coach, Drew Powell, James Duvall, and Austin Ross as

Christine Lahti and Brian Presley scene from "Touchback" courtesy Anchor Bay Films

teammates, Sarah Wright as cheerleader “Jenny”, Sianoa Smit-McPhee, and Kevin Covais.  Grand Rapids native David Diaz is a student and football player for Coldwater’s football team, wearing jersey #64.

Presley is only scheduled to be at the fundraiser showing and should be available to sign autographs and will give the audience  insight into the making of the family movie during Q&A.  Bill Simonson from the Huge Show on WBBL FM does the radio play-by-play for “Touchback”.

There will be a rally before the showing at Pal’s Diner (6503 28th St Se, Grand Rapids) at 5:30 pm.

Brian Presley and Kurt Russell scene from "Touchback" courtesy Anchor Bay Films

Participants are encouraged to wear their Coldwater HS shirts, football jerseys or costumes used during the making of Touchback to this rally. Pal’s Diner has a starring role in “Touchback” and organizers have invited the 1200 extras and their 70′s vintage automobiles to rally in the parking lot prior to caravanning to the showing at Celebration North.

You can watch the theatrical trailer for “Touchback” here: http://youtu.be/NUBbN0FNYxY .

Brian Presley scene from "Touchback" courtesy Anchor Bay Films

Melanie Lynskey in a scene from "Touchback" courtesy Anchor Bay Films

Previous posts about “Touchback”:
3/1/12 – “Touchback” trailer playing at local theaters
1/27/12 – “Touchback” coming to theaters in April
3/21/11 – “Touchback” trailer hits the net
8/4/10 – Barry Sanders joining Touchback
8/3/10 – Kurt Russell joins Touchback cast
7/30/10 – http://www.woodtv.com/dpp/entertainment/Touchback-needs-more-extras
7/22/10 – http://blogs.woodtv.com/2010/07/22/paid-extras-for-touchback/
7/14/10 – Touchback to film at Coopersville HS
7/14/10 – Casting football players for Touchback

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