"The Squeeze" Begins Principal Photography

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Chris MacDonald and Jeremy Sumpter Tee Off in High Stakes Gambling Indie; Emmy Award-Winner Terry Jastrow Makes Feature Film Directorial Debut From His Own Screenplay Based on a True Story

Principal photography is underway on the independent feature film “The Squeeze” starring Chris McDonald (“Happy Gilmore” “Requiem for a Dream”) and Jeremy Sumpter (“Peter Pan” “Friday Night Lights”).

The film also stars Michael Nouri (“Flashdance” “The Proposal”), Katherine LaNasa (“The Campaign” “Alfie”) and Jillian Murray (“Never Back Down” “Cougar Hunting”).

Produced by Terry Jastrow, seven-time Emmy-winner with17 nominations as a Television Sports Director, Olympic Games, Wide World of Sports, with George Parra (“Sideways” “The Descendants” “Silver Linings Playbook”), Anne Archer (“Fatal Attraction” “Patriot Games” “Clear and Present Danger”), Michael Doven (“Mission Impossible” “The Last Samurai”) and Brian McCormack (“The Lucky Ones”).

Twenty-year old Augie Baccas (Jeremy Sumpter) is a common man of uncommon skills, living in a small rural town. When he wins his one day City Golf Championship by 15 shots breaking his own course record, he is approached by a dapper Southern gentleman gambler, Riverboat (Chris McDonald) and his over-the-top bejeweled wife, Jessie (Katherine LaNasa) who hear of the win on local radio while driving cross country from Mississippi to Las Vegas. The pair turn off the highway and head for the local muni course to find young Augie and convince him to abandon his dreams of qualifying for the US Open and come play for Riverboat in high-stake gambling matches.

Angering his longtime girlfriend Natalie (Jillian Murray) as she watches him abandon his dreams and compromise his integrity, Augie continues to use his talent to win higher and higher stakes matches until the pair are finally run out of town. They head for Las Vegas where, playing for even higher stakes, Augie finds himself pitted against notorious Vegas gambler Jimmy Diamonds (Michael Nouri) who has known connections to the mob.

Augie continues to win every match until Jimmy Diamonds, fed up with the scam, breaks into Augie’s hotel room and informs him if he doesn’t lose the next day’s million dollar match he’ll end up at the bottom of a swimming pool wearing lead boots. Fearing for his life, Augie attempts to escape but is discovered by a very angry Riverboat who counters with a similar fate. Win or lose, he’s dead.

Thus…The Squeeze. “Tin Cup” meets “The Sting” with a dollop of “Caddy Shack”.

Jastrow’s behind the scenes creative team includes Director of Cinematography, Taron Lexton, Production Designer Sephen Lineweaver and Costume Designer Ellen Falguiere. The Squeeze is currently filming in Wilmington, North Carolina, then Las Vegas, Nevada and is independently financed.

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