2007-09-08 / News

'Mr. Art Critic' Movie To Be Filmed on Island This Month

Mackinac Island will be the setting for the comedy movie, "Mr. Art Critic," with filming in the downtown area set to begin Wednesday, September 19. Independent filmmaker Rich Brauer of Traverse City wrote the screenplay and is the film's producer and director.

Comic actor Bronson Pinchot plays the lead role in the comedy about M. J. Clayton, a high profile art critic from Chicago, who is known for harsh art reviews. Mr. Pinchot is best known for his character role of Balki Bartokomous on the long-running ABC sitcom "Perfect Strangers."

The script calls for Mr. Clayton to take a vacation after being criticized by his boss. The film tackles two questions. What does it take to create art, and who actually determines what is good or bad art? Circumstances lead Mr. Clayton to make a bet with an artist who had previously received one of his negative reviews. The bet is that anyone can make art. Eventually, Mr. Clayton learns that the ability to create art is a gift.

"Artistic vision and execution take talent and courage, and they need to be honored, rather than criticized," said Mr. Brauer. "Since art is subjective, and what is appreciated by one person may not be by another, it's important to find avenues to nurture and encourage creativity and passion."

Mr. Brauer owns and operates Brauer Productions, Inc., which is celebrating its 30th year in business. "Mr. Art Critic" is the fifth full-length feature film produced and directed by Mr. Brauer. His other recent films include the comedy "Frozen Stupid" and a land stewardship drama "Barn Red;" both movies are distributed worldwide and star Academy Award-winning actor Ernest Borgnine. Mr. Brauer served as director of photography for actor Jeff Daniels in the films "Escanaba in da Moonlight" and "Super Sucker."

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