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Tuscarawas News Detail

Gala to Feature Old Fashioned Sneak Peek

Posted Dec. 12, 2013

The Performing Arts Center at Kent State Tuscarawas will hold an Old Fashioned Gala on Jan. 18, 2014 at 5:30 p.m. This black tie event will feature a sneak peek showing of the locally filmed movie, Old Fashioned, to be released nationwide later in 2014. Old Fashioned is the feature directorial debut for Rik Swartzwelder, who grew up in New Philadelphia and currently resides in Los Angeles.

Cost for the Gala, which includes a four-course dinner and champagne toast, is $100 per person or $75 for Performing Arts Center members. Proceeds benefit the Performing Arts Center Endowment fund. A cash bar will be available.

"Rik understands the importance of art in everyday life and has graciously agreed to let us feature his work at our gala, which will raise funds for the Performing Arts Center Endowment,"   said Mike Morelli, Performing Arts Center general manager. "He took our idea a step further and suggested a separate benefit screening open to the public, with the hopes to raise funds for a new arts scholarship specifically for Kent State Tuscarawas students. Rik and the production company want to give back to the community for their assistance in the film. We are thrilled to partner with them on with these two opportunities and grateful to be the host of the sneak peek and the benefit screening."

The benefit screening of Old Fashioned will be held Sun., Jan. 19 at 6 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $10. Tickets to both events go on sale Dec. 16 with a special pre-sale for Performing Arts Center members beginning Dec. 12. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Performing Arts Center box office, online at www.tusc.kent.edu/pac or by calling 330-308-6400.

Old Fashioned was produced by Nathan Nazario, Dave DeBorder and Nini Hadjis, and was written and directed by Swartwelder.  Filming took place in 2011 and 2012 in various locations in Tuscarawas County, with hundreds of residents serving as volunteers, providing support and locations, or appearing in the movie as extras. The film features Elizabeth Ann Roberts (Heroes, Medium, House M.D.) as Amber and Swartzwelder as her romantic interest, Clay.   

Both Swartzwelder and Roberts will be in attendance at both screenings, as well as other members of the cast and crew.

"It is no secret that I absolutely fell in love with Tuscarawas County while filming Old Fashioned," said Roberts. "I am thrilled that we have an opportunity to screen the film with the loving and supportive community that helped bring this film to life."

According to Swartzwelder, "I've always said that Tuscarawas County is one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen – and I really think our film captures that beauty. It's so easy to take for granted just how special this place is.  I'm definitely looking forward to sharing the experience of this sneak peek with friends, family and the very folks that helped nurture our film into existence. It just feels like the right way to begin the public journey of Old Fashioned."

A romantic drama, Old Fashioned centers on Clay Walsh, a former frat boy, who gives up on his reckless carousing and now runs an antique shop in a small Midwestern college town. There, he has become notorious for his lofty and outdated theories on love and romance. When Amber Hewson, a free-spirited young woman with a gypsy soul, drifts into the area and rents the apartment above Clay's shop, she finds herself surprisingly drawn to his noble ideas, which are new and intriguing to her. And Clay, though he tries to fight and deny it, simply cannot resist being attracted to her spontaneous and passionate embrace of life. Ultimately, Clay must step out from behind his relational theories and Amber must overcome her own fears and deep wounds as the two of them, together, attempt the impossible: an "old-fashioned" courtship in contemporary America.

The filmmakers of Old Fashioned will hold a local "official premier" pegged to the national theatrical release later in 2014. Details will be made available in the near future.