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Thank you…

Well, if you haven’t heard yet… we wrapped principal photography on “Old Fashioned” early in the morning on 11-11-11.  Watching the sunrise as we packed up all our gear was a somewhat surreal experience, to say the least.  Like everything else about the making of this little indie flick over the past many months, the ending was genuinely unforgettable.

Above all, however, the most memorable part of this journey was and continues to be the way so many in the local community rallied around us and helped make this movie happen.  Not in small ways.  Big ways.

The closing credits on “Old Fashioned” are going to be rather l-o-n-g, so… fair warning.  For now, to all of those out there that shared your ideas, stuff, locations, or even just an encouraging word when we needed it more than anything else…

Thank you.


Building another Set….

A huge THANK YOU to all those who donated items to help us furnish our set at the Antique Shop!! It looks absolutely beautiful. We’re overwhelmed by your support.

We’re about to build another set (the main character’s house) and we need several more pieces of furniture. It’s very important that these items look lived-in and used, NOT brand new. If you’re willing to loan these items for the shoot, please send photos to:

Couch (Simple, dark, masculine)
Recliner (dark)
Kitchen table & chairs (solid heavy dark wood; simple squarish design)
Book case (solid heavy dark wood)
Queen-sized bed frame (preferably wood; masculine)
Curtain rods (simple, dark, metal or wood)
Curtains (off-white or cream; cotton or linen)
Religious icons and decor (for tabletop or wall)
Wooden end table
Wooden coffee table (simple, masculine)
Various lamps for a bachelor’s house
Area rugs (preferably neutral colors)
Older radios
Clocks (freestanding or wall)
Glass light fixture for ceiling

Old, hardback copies of the following books:
The Rule of St. Benedict
Confessions of St. Augustine
Flowers for Algernon
Literary classics & theology books

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…Yet another set dressing list

Thank you SO much to all those who have sent in photos of furniture and antiques!! We’re still searching for several items to borrow for the film. If you own any of these items and would be willing to let us borrow, please send pics to

- Vintage Formica countertop (6 – 8 feet)
- Old DVD Player
- Old Vintage Sofa (but not too fancy or Victorian)
- Vintage light switches or old plastic light switches and sockets
- Old porch light fixtures
- Bristle Welcome Mat (without the welcome printed on it)
- Vintage “Apartment for rent” Sign (Possibly Metal)
- Old “Restroom” Sign, small
- Wooden Door (Solid/Old)
- Antique bedside table
- Antique chairs
- Antique lamps
- Table saw
- Lathe
- Misc woodworking tools
- Stools for a carpenter’s workshop
- Cans of varnish, old or new
- Old picture frames and pieces of picture frames
- Small stained glass piece of artwork
- Old radios
- Workbench or woodworking table

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Vintage love seat

The search continues for a vintage, antique love seat. In the script it shows up in need of repair and later is seen restored. Do you have an older/damaged love seat that we could repair? Or, do you have an undamaged love seat that we could distress for the film?  Email photos to

Props and set dressing

Wow!!! Thanks so much for all the help with the kitchen, woodshop, and vistas!!! We now have many new options as a result and our truly grateful. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

We are narrowing in on a few final locations and will let you know if we need any more help on that end. And, for those that have been waiting… casting decisions will be announced soon as well!

In the meantime, we are currently on the hunt for the following props and set items. Looking to borrow and return a wide variety of stuff. Please email pics and/or contact info if you have any leads:

- Vintage Loveseat, pre-1950s (in need of repair, or will need permission to distress the upholstery and frame).

- Neon sign that says “Flower shop” or “Flowers” (or any kind of exterior neon sign that is transportable).

- Violin and bow.

- 1970s-90s white, green or yellow fridge. Does not need to work.

- 6-8 ft. Formica counter top, no sink insert cut out. “L” shaped would be great, but straight will work.

- Full mattress & metal frame (not new).

- Old wooden wardrobe.

- 1970s-80s Television. Small, the kind that is portable and could sit on top of a dresser.

- Older model DVD player/radio combo.

- Sofa, higher backed, heathery green, no pattern, 1950s, unskirted.

- Full-sized bed (mattress & frame).

- Recliner (older, neutral or dark color). Black or brown, preferrable.

- Old wood bookshelf, preferably dark wood. Bookshelf or a hutch-style combo could both work.

- Old books to fill bookshelf.

- Specific books (not new): The Rule of St. Benedict, Confessions of St. Augustine, Flowers for Algernon, Hope for the Flowers, biographies on spiritual leaders (Gandhi, Mother Theresa, etc.).

- Quality wood dinner table & chairs (simple, old). Rectangle and chunky better than round or oval.

- Old, simple, clean couch (neutral or dark color). Preferably mission-style.

- Wedding decor for a backyard wedding & white plastic chairs.

- Old lumber for various signs and fences.

- Weathered 6×8 fence paneling (these materials can be returned).

- Antiques in need of repair.

- Antique furniture.

- Old hand-crank Phonograph, working. Victor P or Columbia model. Must play records, not cylinders. Table-top, front mount horn with a wood or brass finish.

- Old picture frames.

- Old playground swingset (not a backyard one) that can be moved to a new location (paint peeling/rusted).

- Large quantity of beach sand.

Again, If you have any pics or any leads on any of the above, please email:

October is right around the corner! Get ready for the good stuff! Stay tuned…


Thanks so much to the 1,000+ who showed up for our open casting call at Kent State Tuscarawas! We are in the midst of callbacks now and are no longer accepting new submissions for casting. We will be continuing with callbacks for at least a month from this date, so if you don’t hear anything right away, hang in there…

Do you have a vintage kitchen that you would like to be in a movie?

In the meantime, we are continuing our hunt for specific locations in and around Tuscarawas County. We have scouted several good options in the area and will be reaching out to folks over the next several weeks to begin the official selection process. A few locations that we are still searching for include:

- A vintage residential kitchen. Hopefully something that is not recently furnished and has some appliances from the 1940s thru the early 1970s.

- A woodshop. Nothing to fancy, but not too cramped either, the roomier the better. Cannot be brand new. Would be great if it included a table saw, lathe, and other machinery and older tools as well.

- Sunrises and sunsets. We are looking for the very best spots in Tuscarawas County to capture breathtaking views of the beginning and end of the day.

"Old Fashioned" is looking for a woodshop to film in, know of one?

Also, we continue to search for rural vistas and downtown storefronts. If you know of an amazing rural view or a unique storefront in the area that we should take a look at, we would love to hear about it!

If you do have leads on any of the above, please email pics and contact info directly to:

Thanks in advance. And thanks again to the residents of Tuscarawas County (and surrounding areas) for all of the support and enthusiasm for us making a movie here–it’s making all the difference and we are grateful.

Where is the best sunrise or sunset you have ever seen in Tuscarawas County?


For Ohio locals (with or without acting experience) that would like a shot at stardom, we have scheduled two days of “open” casting sessions. All ages and types. No experience necessary. No appointment needed. Just show up! Be sure and bring a current photo.

Performing Arts Center at Kent State Tuscarawas

Sunday, June 26: Noon – 6 p.m.
Monday, June 27: 3 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Performing Arts Center
Kent State University at Tuscarawas
330 University Drive NE
New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663

We are also holding casting sessions in other cities around the Midwest, Los Angeles, New York, and Orlando. If you are unable to attend the Ohio “open” casting call and would like to be considered for a role, please send headshot/resume to:

“Old Fashioned”
124 East High Ave.
New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663

Or, email to:

Official press release

It’s a long one, but this is what went out to all the local media in Ohio…



Ohio native and Cleveland International Film Festival award-winner
Rik Swartzwelder will direct from his original screenplay

New Philadelphia, OH – May 19, 2011 – Skoche Films announced today its plans to shoot the upcoming feature film, “Old Fashioned,” in Tuscarawas County and surrounding locations this fall. At a press conference held at the Tuscarawas County Convention & Visitors Bureau, director Rik Swartzwelder answered questions and shared particulars about the project. Filming is expected to begin in late September and will wrap in early November. Limited pre-production activities, including location scouting and casting, are already under way.

“I’ve always wanted to come back home to make a movie, but there are a lot of competing factors at play when deciding where to set up a production,” said Swartzwelder, who now lives in Los Angeles but was actually raised in New Philadelphia and is a graduate of Tuscarawas Valley High School.

Scouting a location in New Phila. May 2011.

“I’m honored to have this chance to capture and share a glimpse of what is so special about this place with movie-going audiences worldwide,” Swartzwelder declared. “I’m definitely still proud of my Ohio roots.”

His experiences growing up locally were a heavy influence on the screenplay for “Old Fashioned,” which Swartzwelder also wrote. “This area has an incredible natural beauty, especially in autumn, and I knew it was a perfect fit for our story—but the decision wasn’t mine alone,” he observed.

Skoche Films finally confirmed Tuscarawas County as their primary shooting location earlier this year after extensive scouting in both Michigan and Ohio since late summer 2010.

“We had to make the case to our [out-of-state] partners that Tuscarawas County had not only the right look and feel for us, but also that it is the kind of close-knit community that would rally around a modestly-budgeted indie film like ours,” Swartzwelder explained. “After bringing some of our team in to scout and meet with a few local leaders, the decision became obvious to all involved. Thanks again to the many enthusiastic and generous people who helped make this possible. We are grateful to be here.”

Commenting on the announcement of the film, Dee Grossman, director of the Tuscarawas County Convention & Visitors Bureau, declared enthusiastically, “We are thrilled beyond words.”

“I still remember getting an email from Swartzwelder in October of 2008 related to ‘House Bill 196’ which was being proposed [back then] to grant tax incentives for films produced in Ohio,” Grossman continued. “At that time, Ohio was one of only ten remaining states that did not have filmmaking incentives. We do now, and it has made a real difference. I keep that email from him on my computer as a reminder of how far we have come in the state—and as my own personal reminder not to give up on your dreams.”

Regarding the potential economic benefit to Tuscarawas County, Grossman clarified, “After first talking with Swartzwelder about the project, I followed up with the Ohio Film Commission to learn more; they were very informative on the economic impact that a film, even one with a modest budget, can make to a community. According to their formula, for every dollar spent on a film, an additional 30-40% is re-spent in the community in which that film is produced. In this case, that could mean an estimated combined impact of well over half a million dollars in a fairly short period of time.”

Currently, the film is holding casting sessions in New York City, Los Angeles, and Orlando with Ohio and the greater Midwest up next. In addition, to give local residents a shot at stardom, an “open” casting call is scheduled for June 26 & 27 at the Performing Arts Center at Kent State Tuscarawas. All ages and types are encouraged to audition and should have a current photo to bring to the audition. Previous acting experience is a plus, but not required. Specific details, including times and further instructions will be released in the near future.

For interested locals that would like to be involved behind the camera or help with the production in other ways, official calls for crew, volunteers, and community partners are forthcoming. For more info, contact or call 330-602-2420, ext. 220. For updates and links to the “Old Fashioned” Facebook page and film production blog,

When asked how the community could help support the production, Grossman replied, “This is our chance to show Hollywood why Tuscarawas County has a reputation of being one of the most generous and welcoming communities in the state. I know that the production is still hunting for a few locations, for starters. Plus, they’ll be needing props, wardrobe, food, housing, minor construction, “extras” for their big scenes—we can help in all kinds of ways. Stay connected with them on their website and on their Facebook page to learn more as the summer progresses. “

Already on the ground in New Philadelphia with Swartzwelder are producer Nathan Nazario of Motion Picture Pro Studios, co-producer Nini Hadjis, and production design team leader Melody George. Ultimately, once production on “Old Fashioned” begins ramping up in late August, a cast and crew of between 30-50 people will be joining them.

A romantic-comedy, “Old Fashioned” centers on Clay Walsh, a former frat boy in his mid-30s, who gives up his reckless carousing and now runs an antique shop in a small Midwestern college town. There, he has become notorious for his lofty and out-dated theories on love and romance. When Amber Hewson, a free-spirited young woman with a gypsy soul, drifts into the area and rents the apartment above his shop, she finds herself surprisingly drawn to his noble ideas, which are new and intriguing to her. And Clay, though he tries to fight and deny it, simply cannot resist being attracted to her spontaneous and passionate embrace of life. Ultimately, Clay must step out from behind his relational theories and Amber must overcome her own fears and deep wounds as the two of them, together, attempt the impossible: an “old-fashioned” courtship in contemporary America.

Skoche Films of Burbank, California, the company producing “Old Fashioned,” has multiple active feature projects in various stages of development. “Old Fashioned” marks the first of the company’s slate to move into production and is the feature-film directorial debut of Swartzwelder, who is a veteran director of numerous acclaimed short films.

Swartzwelder is a writer-director-producer whose films have screened at over 145 film festivals worldwide and garnered over 50 major awards, including a Crystal Heart Award (Heartland Film Festival) and a Best Ohio Short Film Award (Cleveland International Film Festival) for his 35mm short “The Least of These” and the Student Emmy for his highly acclaimed graduate thesis film, “Paul McCall.” Other honors include two CINE Golden Eagles plus one CINE Special Jury Award, four ITVA-DC Peer Awards, and the Sprint PCS Filmmaker of the Future Award.

His projects have found nationwide and international distribution via First Look Entertainment, Big Film Shorts, Comcast OnDemand, Frontier Airlines, and more. He has received press in numerous publications, including The Washington Post, The Guardian Unlimited (UK), Scripps Howard, The Desert Sun, Christianity Today, The Indianapolis Star and The Revealer. Swartzwelder earned his M.F.A. in Motion Picture Production from The Florida State University and is invited regularly to teach and speak on film, including engagements at the Damah Film Festival, La Sierra University, and Calvin College.

In 2008, Swartzwelder was invited by the Heartland Film Festival (Indianapolis) to lead the very first workshop offered (“The Craft of Film Directing”) as part of their newly launched Heartland Truly Moving Pictures Institute.

In 2005, Swartzwelder joined legendary producer Ralph Winter (“X-MEN” series, “Fantastic Four”) and TV writing/producing veteran Luke Schelhaas (“Law & Order”, “Smallville”, “Touched by an Angel”) as part of an interactive panel for the 168 Hour Film Project in Los Angeles.

In 2003, Swartzwelder was invited to speak and show two of his short films as part of the Artist/Lecture series at Kent State Tuscarawas.

Listen to the MUSTN’TS, child…

… Listen to the DON’TS
Listen to the SHOULDN’TS
Listen to the NEVER HAVES
Then listen close to me —
Anything can happen child,
ANYTHING can be.

- Shel Silverstein

The journey begins...

After years of writing and rewriting… almosts and near-misses… planning and preparing in expectation… the dream is now the reality.

This upcoming Thursday — at a press conference being held at the Tuscarawas County Convention & Visitors Bureau in New Philadelphia, Ohio — it will officially be announced that Old Fashioned is going before the cameras this fall in northeast Ohio.

As we are able, we will share glimpses of the journey with you here. Thanks to all of our family, friends, partners, and fellow filmmakers who have encouraged us and lifted our spirits along the way. We are grateful.

Never forget — delays are not denials. Make the most of your time to ready yourself…


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