Media Contact: Jennifer Westin FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 28, 2011
LOCALLY PRODUCED FEATURE FILM THE LAKE EFFECT TO HOLD SPECIAL SCREENINGS IN KALAMAZOO & SAUGATUCK
LOS ANGELES—Covert Productions is thrilled to announce special screenings of the independent feature film The Lake Effect in Kalamazoo and Saugatuck. The film shot in southwest Michigan in the summer of 2009 and will screen for the first time in the Midwest on May 25, 26 and 28.
The film stars Kay Panabaker from Fame and ABC’s No Ordinary Family, Ross Partridge from the Duplass Brothers’ film Baghead and Tara Summers from television’s Boston Legal and Damages.
The Lake Effect features a number of local haunts including the Heritage Guitar factory, Bell’s Brewery, and Tot to Teen Village in Kalamazoo; plus Sherman’s Ice Cream, Phoenix St. and the Pier in South Haven.
A number of the cast and crew came from Kalamazoo, including celebrated actress Sharon Williams, Chase Maser (a Portage Central graduate with a burgeoning film career in Hollywood), and a cadre of interns from Western Michigan University’s film program.
Producer Jennifer Westin, a Kalamazoo-native, was drawn back to the state by its generous film tax incentive, as well as the incredible beauty of the eastern shore of Lake Michigan. “Whenever I bring people from out of state to the beaches around South Haven, they are awed by the natural beauty of our coastline. I wanted to share that feeling with a broad audience.”
Thus far the film has won awards including Best Screenplay, Best Ensemble Acting and Audience favorite from prestigious festivals including the Phoenix Film Festival and Moondance International. The Raindance Film Festival in London named writer/director Tara Miele “a Top Ten American Indie Filmmaker to Watch.” FilmThreat.com called the film “a well-acted and terrifically realized relationship dramedy.”
The Lake Effect is a dramedy about a couple who retreats to their cottage on Lake Michigan to reconnect. Natalie’s biological clock is ticking; Rob’s resistant to change. But their holiday is interrupted when Rob’s estranged and very pregnant teenage daughter Celia lands on their doorstep. His marriage on the rocks and his daughter in need, Rob must embrace his role as a husband and father before he becomes a grandfather.
Screenings are May 25 & 26 at 7:30pm at the Rave Theater in Kalamazoo and May 28 at 7:30pm at the Saugatuck Center for the Arts. Cast and crew will be in attendance. There will be an Opening Night Party after the screening on May 25th. (Tickets sold separately)
The trailer and more info on the movie can be found at http://thelakeeffectfilm.com/. Tickets are $12.50 and are available at www.brownpapertickets.com beginning May 9th!
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Please contact Jennifer Westin to arrange interviews with cast and crew.