Frozen Stupid2:Open Water
Filming for this sequel begins September 2019 in the Houghton Lake area
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Frozen Stupid2:Open Water
#1 Artistic/Cultural Merit
Frozen Stupid2:Open Water is a feature length motion picture based on an original screenplay written by Rich Brauer. It is a sequel to the original film also written and produced by Rich Brauer. As demonstrated by the first film, it will also serve as a perpetual work of art, capturing forever a comedic moment in time, showcasing one man’s journey and his optimistic ability to navigate through life’s day to day challenges.
We have decided to create this sequel because of popular demand. The people in Roscommon are once again eager to showcase their community in this creative and entertaining project.
Most of the original professional cast and crew will return. These artists and performers have worked in the creative industry and have contributed their talents throughout Michigan. Many come from the Jeff Daniels Purple Rose Theatre Company in Chelsea and others throughout Michigan. Joey Albright (Tony Norgard) will play the lead. Kimberly Guerrero (who plays Stormy) will travel in from Los Angeles. She also was in the original film.
Additionally, unique within the film industry, all of Brauers feature films offer no less than six intern positions on the crew for emerging film students interested in pursuing filmmaking as a career. This gives a rare opportunity for the next generation of technicians and artists to work on a real film, with real actors. Since the Michigan Film Incentive no longer exists, these young and enthusiastic individuals appreciate this as a special and unique chance to pursue their personal artistic growth.
Pre-production is underway, production is scheduled for September 2019. As before, there will be many opportunities for extras and background performers. This is a fun way to get people of all ages involved.
Please watch a 3 minute video explaining the project:
#2 Community Impact
Many organizations and individuals in Michigan are excited about the return of our crew and the creation of this film. Among many others, the Roscommon EDC, the Roscommon Tourism Bureau, the Houghton Lake Chamber of Commerce and local tackle store Lyman’s on the Lake (who sold almost 2,000 DVD’s of the first film) are all supportive. Professional Champion fisherman Mark Martin will help create a fictitious tournament and make an appearance in the film.
Roscommon County has proven itself as a very resourceful community. During the production of the original Frozen Stupid. From Kirkland Community College, to the Roscommon Sheriff Department, WUPS radio and the Roscommon Resorter and Herald-News newspapers, to name a few, were all supportive and happily jumped in to assist as needed and help promote the film during production.
Post-production and all music/editing will continue through the fall. We expect the final film to be complete with a world premiere, likely at the Pines Theater in Houghton Lake in early 2020. A Q&A would likely follow this festive event. The last time we did this, the theater was sold out and we had to add more showings. The sale of DVD’s signed by some of the actors, as well as streaming venues will be offered. We anticipate a similar appetite and enthusiasm as on the first film.
Frozen Stupid2:Open Water will be Brauer’s 9th feature film.
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We continue to solicit funds from corporate product placement and private sources to contribute to this project.
The Film Project:
In the original film, FROZEN STUPID, all Tony Norgard (Joey Albright; Escanaba in da Moonlight, Barn Red) really wanted to do, was go ice fishing. But he was supposed to attend his mother-in-law’s birthday party on the same day. To solve the dilemma, Tony feigns being ill and stays in bed. While his little white lie allows him the chance for a secret outing, it comes with a heavy price. Through the day, misfortune seems to meet him at every turn. He wrecks his wife’s sports car, losses his truck through thin ice and gets in a fist fight with a six foot pike.
When he meets up with his dad Frank, (Ernest Borgnine; Marty, Poseidon Adventure, Dirty Dozen), things get worse. Turns out the apple doesn’t fall very far from the tree.
Through it all, even Tony is dwarfed by the magnitude of his compounding troubles. But he is an optimistic man and in his own way tries to put the best spin on the mess he has created, all the while enjoying his obsession for the age old art of ice fishing.
Now comes FROZEN STUPID2:Open Water.
The ice is now long gone. Tony Norgard’s submerged vehicle is finally getting pulled out of the beautifully warm blue water of Houghton Lake. His joyous moment however, is shattered when he is handed a big DNR fine for leaving it in the water so long. He has two weeks to pay.
Tony now needs to find some cash fast and it would be even better if his wife Lila didn’t necessarily hear about it. Especially since he secretly hocked her great grandmothers heirloom painting to pay the tow truck guy.
Then the perfect thing happens, he hears about a fishing tournament in town with a juicy cash prize that very weekend. His financial problems, at least for now, could be over. He confidently enters.
As with Tony’s normal luck, it turns out Saturday is also the same day as his wedding anniversary.
No problem. He figures that he can wrap up the tournament and get cleaned up and off to dinner with his wife with plenty of time to spare.
So he and buddies resurrect his dad’s old 1960’s boat rigged with an ancient beat up Scott-Atwater outboard, CB radio, fish finder and other vintage equipment of the day. They do their best cleaning it up for the big event. They have high hopes.
Not surprising, the other powerful and modern boats in the competition outflank them on every level. The contest might be tougher than they expected. But Tony and friends use their keen intuition, sharp mechanical skills and knowledge of the lake as their best resource. Yes, that’s sarcasm.
As in the original film Frozen Stupid, Tony stays ever buoyant, against all odds, postponing trouble, being a friend, and trying to make the best of what life throws at him.