Video Production, Commercials, Interviews, Filmmaker, Director, Gaffer, Lighting, Grip Truck "Cameras don't shoot movies, people do." - R. Brauer
Frozen Stupid2:Open Water - now available on DVD or streaming
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 directed by Rich Brauer.
Most of the original professional cast and crew returned. These included 9 SAG performers coming in from as far away as Los Angeles. Professional champion walleye fisherman Mark Martin appears as… Mark Martin!
Brauer’s feature films offer 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.
Many organizations and individuals in Michigan were excited about the return of our crew and the creation of this film. Among them; Roscommon EDC, the Roscommon Tourism Bureau, and the Houghton Lake Chamber of Commerce. Additionally, local tackle shop Lyman’s on the Lake (who sold almost 2,000 DVD’s of the first film) and many other businesses participated in the fun.
Frozen Stupid2:Open Water will be Brauer’s 9th feature film produced in Michigan.
Filming took place during September 2019 in Roscommon County. Post-production is underway. The finished film is expected to be premiered sometime in the summer of 2020. Stay tuned!
The History of Brauer Productions, Inc.
Rich Brauer is president of Brauer Productions, Inc., an independent film production company he founded in 1977 after graduating with a B.A. in Motion Picture Production and Undersea Photographic Technology from Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara, California.
He has produced or collaborated on hundreds of award-winning commercial and educational projects for clients as diverse as The History Channel, Twentieth Century Fox, Animal Planet, Pure Michigan, Harcourt-Brace Publishing, EDS, Society of American Foresters, Subway Sandwiches, U.S. Coast Guard, National Park Service and many others. Brauer also produced a series of educational films focusing on Great Lakes maritime history, a subject close to his heart, that appeared on PBS. He co-founded the non-profit Maritime Heritage Alliance in 1982 and the Inland Seas Education Association in 1989.
Rich in High School
Brauer began producing and directing feature films in 1993, starting with “Sleeping Bear”. Today, his feature film productions include “The Lost Treasure of Sawtooth Island”, “Barn Red”, “That One Summer”, “Frozen Stupid” (all of which star Academy Award winner Ernest Borgnine). Followed by “Mr. Art Critic”, “Fitful, the Lost Directors Cut”, “Dogman” and “Dogman2:The Wrath of the Litter”. All enjoy worldwide distribution.
Filming under the Mackinac Bridge
He served as Director of Photography and Interim Producer for the Jeff Daniels’ comedy, "Escanaba in da Moonlight", and in 2001, he was DP on another Jeff Daniels’ comedy feature, "Super Sucker", which won the 2002 Audience Award at HBO's U.S. Comedy Arts Film Festival in Aspen Colorado. Also in 2001, Brauer lensed the remake of the classic Ambrose Bierce Civil War tale, "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge", directed by Brian Egen shot on location in West Virginia and North Carolina.
Brauer received the Michigan Filmmaker of the Year award at the 2009 Traverse City Film Festival, presented by filmmaker Michael Moore. Past recipients include actor Jeff Daniels, writer Kurt Luedtke, actress Christine Lahti and Roger Corman.
Brauer and his crew continues to support visiting filmmakers and production companies from all over the world from their home base in Traverse City, Michigan.
On the set of Dogman2