“Touchback” hits theaters in West Michigan
"Touchback" poster courtesy Hannibal Classics
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 and Director/Writer Don Handfield.
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 during the summer of 2010, mostly in Coopersville, but also in Grand Rapids, Detroit, and Ohio in Coshocton, Columbus, and Warsaw.
RED CARPET PREMIERE AT CELEBRATION! NORTH
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 “Touchback” premiere tickets through this link.
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 drama during Q&A. Bill Simonson from the Huge Show on WBBL FM does the radio play-by-play for “Touchback”.
Also on Friday, April 20th, “Touchback” will begin playing in four West Michigan theaters: Celebration! North, Celebration! South, Celebration! Rivertown, and AMC Star Alpine. Find showtimes at Celebration! Cinema through this link or at AMC Star Alpine through this link. The movie is rated PG-13 and runs 2 hours and 2 minutes long.
RALLY AT PAL’S
There will be a rally for extras before the showing at 5:30pm at Pal’s Diner (6503 28th St Se, Grand Rapids).
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.
My review of “Touchback” and more on 4-20-12 EightWest: http://youtu.be/aroJ4P3cpcU.
Preview of “Touchback”, focusing on the making of the movie 4-20-12: http://youtu.be/wmmB5E4NCz8.
Preview of ”Touchback” focusing on what the movie is about 4-20-12: http://youtu.be/mbPeJoXvz7k.
My interview with actor Marc Blucas 8-13-10 Part 1 of 2: http://youtu.be/kL0_aGgjCZ0.
Part 2 of my interview with actor Marc Blucas 8-13-10: http://youtu.be/Dj10y_Wpnfw.
My interview with actress Sarah Wright 8-13-10: http://youtu.be/xq6Q38fNFCw.
Watch local football players go through combine-style tryouts with the movie’s Sports Coordinator Mark Ellis from August 2010: http://youtu.be/eSvR2TZ36mM.
Some clips of the movie can be seen here: http://youtu.be/gYBDGn4yXA4 during my 4-13-12 EightWest segment.
You can watch the theatrical trailer for “Touchback” here: http://youtu.be/NUBbN0FNYxY .
(I’ll be adding more videos here and to my YouTube Page soon)
I gave “Touchback” a 7.0/10, its an inspiring, thought provoking drama, that will bring a smile to your face, and can make West Michigan proud that it was made here.
In a blender, mix: “Its A Wonderful Life”, “Back to the Future”, “Mr. Destiny”, “Field of Dreams”, “Miracle”, and “Hoosiers”… take away the bigger budgets of most of those movies and you get “Touchback”.
Read my full, non-spoiler review of “Touchback”.
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 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.
Previous posts about “Touchback”:
4/5/12 - “Touchback” red carpet premiere planned
3/1/12 – “Touchback” trailer playing at local theaters