A made-in-Michigan adventure film starring Oscar nominee Eric Roberts will have its world premiere on June 20 at the Penn Theatre in Plymouth.
“The Wind Walker” is the latest film from Plymouth director and writer Tom Chaney, and it’s his most ambitious project yet. Chaney got his breakthrough in the 1990s as the writer of the cult horror classic “Mosquito,” and has been the writer, director and cinematographer for numerous projects since then.
“The Wind Walker” was filmed almost entirely in Michigan, and Chaney promises it will be a treat for the whole family.
“It’s shot in the style of an Indiana Jones movie,” Chaney said. “It has a lot of different elements in it – mystery, horror, comedy – but I’d classify it as an adventure film. It’s something the whole family can enjoy – and I promise you, everyone will be on the edge of their seats.”
Chaney was able to lure Oscar nominee Eric Roberts to Michigan to appear in the film, playing the pivotal role of a hard-charging book publisher. Roberts earned a Best Supporting Actor nomination for his role in “Runaway Train,” and is also a three-time Golden Globe nominee for “Runaway Train,” “Star 80” and “King of the Gypsies.”
“Eric Roberts is fantastic in this film,” Chaney said. “We wrote this role with him in mind, and he’s incredible in it. He hasn’t made many films in Michigan, so we were so thrilled we were able to get him here for this.”
“The Wind Walker” is set in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, in a tiny town that borders the Porcupine Mountains. The area was once the home away from home for Jack Vincent Sr., America’s most famous horror novelist. But Vincent vanished without a trace 25 years ago, leaving behind only a portion of his last work for the world to savor.
That’s when Mr. Jacobsen (Roberts) steps in – Jack’s old publisher. It’s his job to convince Jack Vincent Jr. – a young novelist who is following in his father’s footsteps – to finish the book his father started.
When Jack Jr. heads to the Upper Peninsula to finish the novel and find out what actually happened to his father, that’s when the adventure really begins. Jack Jr.’s adventure includes the task of confronting the mythical beast known as the Wind Walker.
“The Wind Walker” was co-written by Chaney and David G.B. Brown, who also plays the role of Jack Jr.
The cast also includes Tim Lovelace as Jack Vincent Sr., Lauren Mae Shafer as Mary, Brian Kruger as Brian and Nina Cucinella as Rose.
The incredible cinematography in the film was done by Chaney, Jerry Land and Hollywood veteran Eric Pascarelli, whose credits include “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,” “X-2: X-Men United” and “The Twilight Saga: New Moon.”
“The Wind Walker” world premiere takes place at 7:30 p.m. June 20 at the Penn Theatre, 760 Penniman Ave., Plymouth. Tickets are $20, available by clicking here.
See the trailer for “The Wind Walker” below.