MT (PRWEB) September 6, 2004
HatcHfest, MontanaÂs premiere international Film and Audiovisual Festival will open their film showings on Thursday, September 09, 2004 with the showing of Rick SchroderÂs ÂBlack Cloud,Â the visually moving story of a talented young boxer who discovers his place within the boxing ring and world around him.
The film, written and directed by longtime actor Rick Schroder, stars Eddie Spears, in the title role. The movie is carried by the character of Black Cloud and Schroder was determined to find the perfect actor to play him. ÂEddie Spears is Black Cloud,Â states Rick. ÂAs soon as he walked in the door, I knew he was Black Cloud. Eddie is a Lakota Sioux from South Dakota. HeÂs tough and handsome and he rides a horse like he is part of it,Â Rick says. ÂI donÂt know if thereÂs ever been a character written or developed for an actor as perfect as this role is for Eddie Spears, and it was written without knowing him.Â Since appearing in ÂGerinomoÂ as a child, Spears has amassed many film credits including his latest: HallmarkÂs ÂDreamKeeperÂ and this yearÂs Sundance festival opener, Chris EyreÂs ÂEdge of AmericaÂ.
The rest of the illustrious cast includes Russell Means, Julia Jones, Tim McGraw, Peter Greene, Wayne Knight, Tim Sampson and ÂPoochÂ Marion Hall.
The brilliant scenic film was shot in Monument Valley and Canyon de Chelly, which are preserved areas and very sacred place to the Navajo. To be given access with permission to film on it was an honor.
It was a natural progression to director/ writer for Rick who began his career at the age of five acting in TV commercials, which led to his film debut in the feature film, ÂThe Champ,Â opposite Jon Voight and Faye Dunaway. He turned eight while making ÂThe Champ,Â and became an international star.
Rick has never stopped working. In addition to other film work, he starred in two hit television series, ÂSilver SpoonsÂ for five years and most recently in ÂNYPD Blue,Â for three years. He starred opposite Robert Duvall in ÂLonesome Dove,Â and recently in the critically acclaimed ÂLost Battalion.Â Rick has some 40 films and 200 episodes of TV in his body of work.
ÂI think of where AmericaÂs at right now, they need a film with heart. They need a film about youngsters who know how to behave and how to discipline themselves to accomplish their dreamsÂ.
So far the audience response has been overwhelmingly positive. It has won awards at every festival at which it was screened. ÂBlack CloudÂ will be released in select cities later in September.
HatcH is the film festival reinvented Â an intense four-day event featuring the best in film, music and arts. The festivalÂs focus on mentoring brings young artisans side by side with Hollywood veteran producers, screenwriters, directors, cinematographers to showcase their work and participate in panel discussions.
In addition to Mr. Schroder, celebrated hosts for this yearÂs festival are Peter Fonda, Jeff Bridges and John Dahl. Tickets and schedule of events are available at http://www.HatcHfest.com .
Contact: Tina Buckingham (406.586.9758)
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