Summer Nuts has had screenings in New York City, Kentucky, Ohio and Chicago, IL . Producers have submitted it for several different film festivals for consideration.
Musical Theatre/Softball Film Summer Nuts will Shoot in Aug.
July 20, 2005 - by BWW News Desk
Summer Nuts, Mickey Fisher's second film, will be of interest to both musical theatre and softball fans; the plot interweaves the two worlds.
Produced by Ohio-based Leo’s Pride Entertainment and Indiana-based Digital Realm Productions, the independent film will begin shooting in Warsaw, Indiana in late August. Summer Nuts "tells the story of a group of actors from a small town summer stock theater called The Shining Summer Stars Barbecue and Theatre. Faced with plummeting ticket sales, the theater makes a desperate attempt to regain its audience. One way they plan to do this is by producing an original show, geared to their core audience of Bible-Belter seniors. Thus, The Old Testament musical is born. The other tactic is to curry community favor by participating in popular events, such as the town’s most popular sport, Men’s Softball. They turn to Jerry, the technical director, to assemble a credible team of men to participate. What follows is the most disastrous season in the history of the sport," according to a press article.
Fisher has enlisted a number of Broadway performers for the film--Matt Bogart (Miss Saigon, Aida), Scott Hunt (Rent) and Stephen Colella (Les Miserables). In fact, Summer Nuts is partly based on the true story of a Cincinatti summer when he began to play softball at the urging of Colella, who formed the team from a pool of actors and technicians at the Cincinatti Conservatory of Music’s summer rep program, Hot Summer Nights. Jonathan Clark and Dominic Bogart (Rent National Tour) will also act in the film; they previously appeared in Fisher's first film, The King of Iron Town, profits from which helped to finance Summer Nuts.
Fisher's The King of Iron Town was picked up earlier this year for home video distribution by Vanguard Cinema, and should be available in stores all over the country by late September, the film previously won 3rd Place Best Feature at The Appalachian Film Festival. Fisher began his career as a musical theater actor following his four-year term at CCM. He moved to New York City in 1997, and began producing his original work with a company he co-founded, The Liilaa Company. Their latest piece, a beat poetry/rock musical called Subway Train played at The 2004 New York International Fringe Festival. Fisher placed 6th in The Writer’s Digest National Playwriting Competition, in the Top 10% of The Nicholl Fellowship, and Top 250 Scripts in Project Greenlight 2
Times-Union 08-04-2005 ( Serving Kosciusko County and Northern Indiana Since 1854)
Indie Film To Shoot In Warsaw
By David Slone, Times-Union Staff Writer
Shooting of Mickey Fisher’s second feature film will take place in Warsaw this month.
And locals will have a chance to audition as extras for the independent flick.
Leo’s Pride Entertainment and Warsaw-based Digital Realm Productions are teaming up to produce Fisher’s movie “Summer Nuts.”
Fisher previously acted on the Wagon Wheel Theatre stage for four seasons and in two Christmas productions after graduating from college. He then moved to New York, working as an actor there. He decided to get into producing and three years ago made the independent film “The King of Iron Town.” Shot in Ohio, all the post-production was done in Warsaw as Fisher worked with editor Tony Teel and cameraman and post-support engineer Scott Puckett. They found a distributor for “The King of Iron Town” and even showed it at one film festival.
For his second movie, Fisher decided to film it in Warsaw.
“Warsaw is like a second home to me because I’ve spent so much time there,” said Fisher in a telephone interview Wednesday afternoon.
“Summer Nuts” is a comedy about a group of actors from a struggling summer stock theater who form the worst summer softball team ever. Fisher said the story is based on his own true story.
Fisher said he was in summer stock theater with Steve Colella (WWT actor, “The Pirates of Penzance”, “It’s A Bird, It’s A Plane, It’s Superman”). A group of the actors decided to join a softball league. Colella and a few of the other actors could play, but the team as a whole weren’t so great.
Most of the lead actors for “Summer Nuts” already are cast and include Broadway veterans such as Colella (“Les Miserables”), Matt Bogart (“Miss Saigon”, “Aida”) and Scott Hunt (“Rent”). The two lead actors from Fisher’s first film also are set to appear – Jonathan Clark, Dominic Bogart – as will Fisher himself. Other Wagon Wheel alum, Rod Thomas (“Beauty and the Beast”, “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum”) and Jerry Galante (“Singin’ in the Rain”) are cast, Fisher said.
“We’ve got a really great cast of people, a lot of good athletes, funny guys and good actors,” he said.
Auditions for the extras will be held soon and Fisher said an announcement will be made when the auditions are to be held. Some of the extras may have a couple of lines and Fisher said they will be looking for softball players.
Filming will start Aug. 29 and will take eight to 10 days, he said. If possible, Fisher said they will try to get the independent film into some film festivals and their distributor of their first film already is interested in “Summer Nuts”. Worst case scenario, the film will shoot straight to DVD.
Post-production again will be in Warsaw, starting the same day as shooting of the film takes place. Fisher said he’d like to premiere it in Warsaw, too.
Anyone interested in auditioning or more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
“It should be a lot of fun,” said Fisher.
Hot Summer Nights inspires indie film
Busy Matt Bogart, soon starring in "People Like Us" in the New York Musical Theatre Festival, will be in Warsaw, Ind., in late August shooting the indie film "Summer Nuts," Mickey Fisher's movie inspired by those happy days of CCM Hot Summer Nights.
The film is inspired by the softball antics of performers and techies of the Summer Nights team of a decade past.
According to BroadwayWorld.com, "Summer Nuts" "tells the story of a group of actors from a small-town summer stock company, the Shining Summer Stars Barbecue and Theatre. Faced with plummeting ticket sales, the theater makes a desperate attempt to regain its audience ...by producing the original musical "The Old Testament" even as they curry community favor by joining the local softball league."
Other CCM faves in the film are Scott Hunt, Stephen Colella and Dominic Bogart (part of the Piqua, Ohio, singing-dancing family dynasty).