''Calvin Marshall,'' one of the largest film productions shot entirely in Southern Oregon, opens in local theaters this Friday at the Varsity Theater.
"Calvin Marshall," one of the largest film productions shot entirely in Southern Oregon, opens in local theaters this Friday at the Varsity Theater.
"Calvin Marshall," an independent baseball comedy, stars Steve Zahn, Alex Frost and Michelle Lombardo, along with many recognizable stars from the big and small screen, including Jane Adams. Diedrich Bader, Abraham Benrubi and others.
"Calvin Marshall" is the story of a young man whose passion for the game of baseball doesn't make up for his inability to play it. Trying out for the baseball team at his local city college for the third time, Calvin (Alex Frost) must come to grips with reality as he navigates tricky relationships with bitter Coach Little (Steve Zahn) and volleyball superstar Tori Jensen (Michelle Lombardo).
Filmed at the end of 2007, the movie employed more than 40 local crewmembers, including many in key positions, such as Line Producer Gary Kout, who also runs the local professionals group Southern Oregon Film and Television, and Costume Designer Claudia Everett.
Catherine Coulson, longtime Oregon Shakespeare Festival actor, is plays Caramae, the crusty bartender at the local watering hole frequented by Zahn's Little. The role was rewritten specifically for Coulson when Director Lundgren found out that the Log Lady from "Twin Peaks" was alive and well and living in Ashland.
Doug Rowe, local thespian and theater director who has a long list of credits going back decades in film and television, plays the grizzled barfly Skeeter. Terri McMahon, another OSF actor, plays Tori's mom.
More than 250 locals worked on the film as background actors, helping to create the illusion of crowded volleyball games, baseball stadiums, bars, college campuses and more.
Locals will recognize such locations as the Harry and David Baseball Field with the Rogue Valley Manor perched on its hill in the background, the ball fields of North Mountain Park, Family Fun Center, many locations on SOU campus, including RVTV, Hannon Library and McNeal Pavilion, and so many more.
To celebrate the film release, two local organizations will host special screenings to raise awareness of the local film and media industry. The Ashland Independent Film Festival, which played the film in front of a sold-out crowd this spring, sponsors the opening night as the first of its mid-season Film Series. Gary and Anne Lundgren will be in attendance to talk about the film and answer questions on Friday night.
Keeping the focus on local filmmaking, Southern Oregon Film and Television will be continuing its bi-monthly Filmmaker Series with live discussions and Q&As with the local cast and crew after each 6 p.m. showtime for the rest of the week: Saturday with the film's Director of Photography Patrick Neary and Asssistant Director Keith Jones, both from Portland; Sunday with local actors Catherine Coulson, Doug Rowe and Jimmy Garcia; and continuing through the week with other key crew members who live in or close to Southern Oregon.
For information on Southern Oregon Film and Television and the SOFaT Filmmaker Series, see filmsouthernoregon.org.