2007-12-08 / News

Movie Filmed on Island Offers Preview in Traverse City

Shooting a scene for "Mr. Art Critic" on the porch of Grand Hotel last September are (from left, seated) actors Gary Albert and Bronson Pinchot. Director Rich Brauer bends down to check the camera angle as the crew prepares for filming. A sneak preview of the movie will be shown Thursday, December 27, in Traverse City. (Photograph courtesy of Brauer Productions, Inc.) Shooting a scene for "Mr. Art Critic" on the porch of Grand Hotel last September are (from left, seated) actors Gary Albert and Bronson Pinchot. Director Rich Brauer bends down to check the camera angle as the crew prepares for filming. A sneak preview of the movie will be shown Thursday, December 27, in Traverse City. (Photograph courtesy of Brauer Productions, Inc.) A sneak preview of the movie, "Mr. Art Critic," filmed on Mackinac Island in September, will be shown in Traverse City Thursday, December 27, at the recently restored 91- year-old State Theatre. The movie features the work of Island artists, and some residents appeared as extras. Comic actor Bronson Pinchot stars in the film as a high profile Chicago art critic.

"It's a perfect fit," said Rich Brauer, owner of the Traverse City-based production company, Brauer Productions, Inc., and writer of the movie. "To preview a movie that applauds taking risks and the artistic process at a venue brought back to life by the time and talents of so many creative people is really an honor."

A preview of the film may also be held on the Island, said Mr. Brauer. No date has been set.

Local artists contributed the paintings used in the movie and some of the artists also appear in the film, including Maeve Croghan, Brian McKelvey, Pam Finkel, Marta Olson, and John Slevin. Island artists Richard Wolfgang, Karl Wolfgang, Pat Pulte, and Jennie Ferwerda also contributed work, although were not available during the filming.

"Mr. Art Critic" tells the humorous story of M.J. Clayton, portrayed by Mr. Pinchot, an art critic from Chicago known across the country for his heartless commentaries. After a scolding from his boss, Mr. Clayton takes a vacation to clear his head and runs into a recent victim of one of his particularly nasty reviews. He then makes a drunken proclamation that any idiot can make art, followed by an impossible wager. What ensues is a tale illustrating how the ability to create art is a gift.

Mr. Pinchot is known for his unique portrayal of cousin "Balki" in the television sitcom, "Perfect Strangers," which earned the actor an Emmy nomination. In addition to years of success in television, Mr. Pinchot has also acted

in a wide range of movies, including "Courage Under Fire" and "First Wives Club," for which he and the cast won an National Board of Review award for ensemble acting.

Mr. Brauer is an independent filmmaker with 30 years of industry experience. "Mr. Art Critic" is the fifth full-length feature film produced and directed by Mr. Brauer, who said he is a staunch supporter of Michigan-made movies. "Mr. Art Critic" was filmed in Traverse City and on Mackinac Island. Mr. Brauer also served as director of photography for both of actor Jeff Daniels' independent films, "Escanaba in da Moonlight" and "Super Sucker."

The "Mr. Art Critic" sneak preview begins at 8:30 p.m. December 27, and tickets are $10 per person. Tickets are available at the door, or for advance purchase online at www.statetheatretc.org.

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