COLUMBUS – “Behind the Puck,”  a podcast featuring interviews and content around the production of the feature film “The Third Period,” including hockey players, as well as cast and crew from the film, is now live and can be heard on YouTube, iTunes, and Spotify.

The podcast, produced by Eleven One Productions and John Orlando of the PVDcast, will feature a new episode every third Thursday of the month. It’s hosted by CD102.5’s morning jockey Brian Phillips and Orlando, with guest hosts and former Columbus Blue Jackets’ players R.J. Umberger and Sean Pronger.

Listen to Episode 0 now, which is an introduction to the podcast and features conversation on hockey, the making of the film, and future episodes.

You can subscribe to the YouTube channel here.

For more information, contact Producer Steph Greegor at sgreegor@live.com.

 

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COLUMBUS – Eleven One Productions welcomes The PVDcast as its “Official Podcast Partner” of the feature film production THE THIRD PERIOD, tentatively set to be filmed in Ohio and Kentucky in the next year.

THE THIRD PERIOD is a character-driven drama set in the world of ice hockey and follows an aging hockey star who must battle his way back after injury to win big in the third period of his life. The film will be produced by Len Hartman of Ohio Film Group, who also wrote and executive produced FREE STATE OF JONES with Matthew McConaughay.

“There were several things that drew me to the project,” said The PVDcast owner and talent John Orlando. “The first thing is that it is a hockey movie. I am a huge hockey fan and film buff. Combine those two passions into one and you’ve automatically got my attention. The second thing is that it is an independent endeavor. Personally, I feel all great art comes from that independent spirit. This is why I end all PVDcast episodes with the slogan, ‘stay righteous and stay independent.'”

The PVDcast is a Columbus-based pop culture podcast with a special affinity for comic books and sports, particularly hockey. It joins RBar Arena, The Three-Legged Mare, Live! Technologies, Giant Eagle, Studio 35 Cinema & DrafthouseCD102.5 and The Chiller Ice Rinks as official partners of the film.

“My decision to become involved with the project was largely due to the short film, ‘Olsky,’” said Orlando. “While preparing for my episode with Steph Greegor (who was a guest back in November), I watched ‘Olsky’ as part of my research. Needless to say, I was impressed with the film. I think that the subject matter…hasn’t really been touched upon in other hockey films.”

As a film buff, Orlando sees the potential in Columbus as a place to make more movies.

“I don’t understand why there are not more projects like {this} coming out of Columbus. Ten, fifteen, twenty years ago, if you wanted to make a film, you better be on one of the coasts,” said Orlando. “Given the technological advancements in the movie industry, I feel that’s not the case anymore. The Midwest has lots of fascinating stories and talented creators and they should be represented in the film industry.”

The benefits to making Columbus a real film community go beyond financial, said Orlando.

“Another great benefit is that Columbus gets more recognition for being a city that supports the arts,” he said. “A vibrant artistic community is absolutely necessary to a city. Without an artistic community, people are not exposed to new ideas, cultures, philosophies and do not have a chance to express themselves. In today’s society, the expression of ideas is more crucial now than ever before in our nation’s history.”

The PVDcast will feature extensive interviews with players, actors, and crew associated with the film throughout its production. You can visit The Third Period” or The PVDcast for more information and to stay up-to-date with the film.

“I am really looking forward to talking to the many talented people connected to ‘The Third Period,'” said Orlando. “I enjoy talking with people who are passionate about their projects, which is why I started The PVDcast.”

To learn more visit www.thirdperiodfilm.com.

 

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COLUMBUS, OH (NOV. 16, 2018) – Eleven One Productions is pleased to announce that Manchester by the Sea’s Jami Tennille will join the cast of the gritty, feature-length ice hockey drama, The Third Period, set to be filmed in Columbus, Ohio, and Kentucky in 2019.

Tennille will play the hard-nosed reporter, “Dani Ashton,” who covers the fictional Columbus Thunder and its star Captain Mike Olsky in his fall from grace.

“I do love that my role was written for a man, but here I am,” said Tennille, who plans to shadow a female NHL hockey reporter to prepare for her role. She called the script “compelling.”

“The script pulls at my heartstrings,” said Tennille, who grew up, and still lives on, the East Coast. “The pain of loss, of grief, the struggle with addiction and the toll it takes on everyone’s lives it touches was heartbreaking. Yet, the theme of redemption, the story of people who stick by us at our worst and lift us up to be our best was beautiful.”

Tennille is known for her roles in the Academy Award-winning film Manchester by the Sea (2016) and Spotlight (2015), as well as American Poltergeist (2016). She said the fact a female is directing was part of her decision to join the film.

“This is the first time I will have been directed by a woman in a feature length film and I am ecstatic about it,” said Tennille of Writer-Director Steph Greegor, who will be the first woman in U.S. history to write and direct a feature-length hockey film.

See what Director Steph Greegor has to say about Tennille HERE.

“In today’s society it is crucial for woman to be empowered and take on roles that were once thought to be only for men,” said Tennille. “I think it is powerful and will only serve to propel more women forward in these types of roles; it’s exhilarating to be a part of.”

Greegor was a former Fox Sports Ohio writer and on-air Blue Jackets Live guest correspondent. Following a lifelong, award-winning journalism career and five seasons covering the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets, Greegor began writing and producing films. Her short film “Olsky,” the short proof-of-concept for The Third Period was Emmy-nominated and festival-accepted.

The Third Period will be produced by Len Hartman, an award-winning screenwriter and film producer who worked on projects including Free State of Jones, a Civil War era historical drama starring Matthew McConaughey. He’s set to produce the feature-length animation film Sneaks, with Director and Pixar alum Teddy Newton.

For more information on the film, visit https://www.thirdperiodfilm.com

MEDIA CONTACT: Brock Schmaltz at 614-209-8683 or brock@highstakespr.com

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Len HartmanCOLUMBUS (OH) ~ The Third Period Producer Len Hartman of Lengi Productions and Ohio Film Group will also produce the feature-length animated film, Sneaks, set to be directed by Pixar alum Teddy Newton, as first reported by The Hollywood Reporter. This will be the first feature-length animation out of Ohio and received an Ohio Tax Credit. Read the THR article by Mia Galuppo HERE.

_DSC7347COLUMBUS (OH) ~ Former NHL journeyman and Columbus Blue Jacket Sean Pronger has joined the cast and crew of the feature-length film, The Third Period, as one of its NHL Alumni Advisory Board members.

The gritty hockey drama, written and directed by former Fox Sports Ohio reporter Steph Greegor, who covered the Blue Jackets, is tentatively set to film in Columbus, Ohio, the summer of 2019. Len Hartman of Ohio Film Group  is set to produce.

“I find myself drawn to anything hockey-related,” said Pronger, currently living in California and set to join the team in Columbus this weekend, Sept. 13-16, to advise on choreography and hockey culture. “After I read more about the movie, I found myself relating to the story.”

Pronger was an NHL journeyman and played on multiple teams throughout his career from 1995 through 2004, including the Pittsburgh Penguins, New York Rangers, and the Blue Jackets. Upon retirement, Pronger found himself asking questions similar to The Third Period‘s lead character, Mike Olsky, who must overcome multiple challenges to go out on top.

“I certainly had no idea what I was going to do [when I retired],” said Pronger. “It’s a terrifying feeling to be in your mid-thirties, with a family and have no idea what you’re going to do.”

Pronger said he got through the rough transition by trying new things and focusing on his strengths outside of hockey.

“I think the key is to have a solid network of people around you that care about you and can offer some guidance/direction,” said Pronger. “It is not an easy thing to go through for most athletes.”

Lucky for Pronger, his good friend and Canadian sportscaster Dan Murphy, was willing to help him explore his creative side. The two penned Pronger’s unique point of view of the NHL in a book titled Journeyman.

“I think it happened because there was an appetite for a story about a guy chasing his dream and running into a shitload of roadblocks along the way,” said Pronger of a book that started after he penned a blog on his brother’s, Chris Pronger‘s, website and signed off as “Journeyman.”

“What I learned from writing was I really enjoyed the process. Especially for someone who had a career like mine,” said Pronger. “I got to relieve the ups and downs from a safe place, that didn’t resemble the back of a bus.”

Pronger said the scary part for both himself and Murphy was “What will people think?”

“We had no idea how it would be received in the hockey community,” he said. “I had basically opened my kimono to the world. Thankfully, the feedback has been tremendous, especially from people in the hockey world.”

The Third Period has also taken pains to ensure authenticity in the film by bringing on former NHL-ers who can advise on skating and culture within the film.

Joining Pronger in an advisory role is former Columbus Blue Jacket and Philadelphia Flyer R.J. Umberger.

Former Ohio State University hockey players Chris Olsgard and Alex Lippincott will join the movie as skaters and be part of more than 100 hockey players who will hit the ice for the film, portraying up to eight pro hockey teams for the two-hour character drama set in the world of ice hockey.

Filming of the hockey scenes is tentatively set for Nationwide Arena, where Pronger played, and is set to put an eye on the hockey scene in Columbus.

“I think it’s about time C-town gets recognized for the passion the community brings to the game of hockey,” said Pronger, adding making hockey movies goes beyond any city, though ~ it’s making the movie that counts. “It’s important because it helps grow the best sport in the world. The more people we can expose to this great game, the better.”

That includes women. The Third Period will be the first feature-length hockey film in U.S. history to be written and directed by a woman. An historical bent that Pronger agrees is important to the sport and to film.

“I think it’s amazing that this film is written and directed by a woman. It brings to light the passion, knowledge and understanding of this great game that women have,” he said. “My hope is that more women will embrace the historical nature of this film and become fans of this movie and the game.”

So, is Pronger nervous about his advising role and his…acting role? Yep, Pronger will have a role in the movie.

“I wouldn’t say it’s my first time acting; I spent 11 years trying to act like a hockey player,” laughed Pronger of his journeyman career in the NHL. “I’m looking forward to seeing how it translates on film. I’m nervous about making sure it looks authentic.”

The three lead actors and Umberger will join Pronger in Columbus this weekend, Sept. 13-16, for rehearsals and volunteer work with the production’s charities.

To keep up with this weekend and for more information visit www.thirdperiodfilm.com.

_DSC7287COLUMBUS (OH) ~ Former NHL Columbus Blue Jacket and Philadelphia Flyer R.J. Umberger has joined the cast and crew of the feature-length film, THE THIRD PERIOD, as one of its hockey consultants/advisers and a skater/coach in the film.

The gritty hockey drama, written and directed by former Fox Sports Ohio reporter Steph Greegor, who covered the Blue Jackets during Umberger’s time at the organization, is tentatively set to film in Columbus, Ohio, the summer of 2019. Len Hartman of Ohio Film Group is set to produce.

“To be honest I had heard about the film last winter from a friend who’s in the movie industry, but really thought about it and took an interest early this summer when close friend and fellow [Ohio State] Buckeye teammate, Chris Olsgard, signed onto the project,” said Umberger, 36, who played with the Buckeyes from 2000-03, before joining the Flyers organization in 2004. Umberger was traded to the Blue Jackets in 2008 and then traded back to the Flyers in 2014. He retired earlier this year and is now taking on the challenge of film.

“This will definitely be a challenge and take me outside my comfort level,” said Umberger, who lives in Central Ohio with his wife, Cara, and their children. “I’m really looking forward to being part of a team again in a bit of a different manner. Getting on the ice to shoot some hockey scenes should be a lot of fun.”

Joining Umberger in the journey is very good friend, Olsgard, who played for the USHL’s Sioux City Musketeers from 1998-2000 before joining the Buckeyes from 2000-2004. Former Buckeye Alex Lippincott will also join the team as a skater. Lippincott played for the NAHL’s Mahoning Valley Phantoms from 2008-09; the USHL’s Fargo Force from 2009-10; and then joined the Buckeyes from 2010-14.

Umberger, Olsgard, and Lippincott, will join close to 100 hockey players who will hit the ice for the film, portraying up to eight pro hockey teams for the two-hour character drama set in the world of ice hockey.

“I think hockey in Columbus is at such a great spot right now,” said Umberger. “The Blue Jackets are young, talented and extremely exciting to watch. The Ohio State Buckeyes are poised to make another national championship run and youth hockey is growing at a rate that at one time was probably unimaginable.”

That, combined with the uptick in films being made in Central Ohio, makes the capital city a prime spot for filming a hockey movie.

“I think this is the perfect time to compliment this growth and add another element to Columbus’ ecstatic passion for hockey,” said Umberger.

The film follows aging hockey star Mike Olsky as he reaches the end of his career only to get injured. He faces multiple challenges before confronting the ultimate crux of bringing his team together and trying to win the championship.

This will be the first feature-length hockey film in U.S. history to be written and directed by a woman.

“I think it’s great,” said Umberger. “When it comes to sports, it shows women are just as passionate and knowledgeable as men and deserve the chance to show that.”

For Umberger, bringing his hockey knowledge to the table while also learning a new skill set is something he’s ready to try.

“I’m definitely looking forward to the entire production side of the movie business,” said Umberger. “It will be a lot of fun seeing first-hand the actors, and director, in their/her element and then seeing it all come together to make a finished project.”

The three lead actors and two of the film’s hockey consultants/advisers, including Umberger, will be in Columbus this weekend, Sept. 13-16, for rehearsals and volunteer work with the production’s charities.

To keep up with this weekend and for more information visit www.thirdperiodfilm.com.

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COLUMBUS (OH) ~ A pair of former Ohio State University hockey players, winger Chris Olsgard and forward Alex Lippincott, join the cast of the feature-length film, THE THIRD PERIOD, as team members of the fictional pro hockey squad the “Columbus Thunder.”

The gritty hockey drama, written and directed by former Fox Sports Ohio reporter Steph Greegor, is tentatively set to film in Columbus, Ohio, the summer of 2019.

“I was drawn to this film for several reasons, but more than anything, I am really excited just to be a part of a legitimate hockey movie,” said Olsgard, who played for the USHL’s Sioux City Musketeers from 1998-2000 before joining the Buckeyes from 2000-2004. “The fact we are filming in my adopted hometown of Columbus, is just icing on the cake.”

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Joining Olsgard is his friend and former OSU player, Lippincott, who played for the NAHL’s Mahoning Valley Phantoms from 2008-09; the USHL’s Fargo Force from 2009-10; and then joined the Buckeyes from 2010-14.

“I was drawn to this film because anything having to do with hockey, I am all-in, especially when it takes place in Ohio or the Columbus area,” said Lippincott. “I love seeing hockey grow in this area and would like to be part of making that growth happen.”

Olsgard and Lippincott will be two of what will be close to 100 hockey players that will hit the ice for the film, portraying up to eight pro hockey teams for the two-hour character drama set in the world of ice hockey.

“I’ve lived here for the past 18 years and I can’t think of a city that will be more supportive of a hockey film,” said Olsgard, adding that the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets have certainly had an impact on area interest in the sport. “Interest in the local youth hockey programs is at an all-time high and Columbus is starting to produce legitimate NHL talent right now. ”

That, combined with the uptick in films being made in Central Ohio, makes the capital city a prime spot for filming a hockey movie.

“There are many movies in the sports genre that have inspired and motivated me,” said Olsgard. “I really hope this will do the same for others.”

The film follows aging hockey star Mike Olsky as he reaches the end of his career only to get injured. He faces multiple challenges before confronting the ultimate crux of bringing his team together and trying to win the championship.

“Growing the game is a big thing in Columbus right now,” said Lippincott. “A film like this taking place in our backyard only helps that cause. It also helps get the ‘Columbus as a hockey city’ name out there.”

So what are these two former hockey players looking forward to most with the film?

“I am just really excited to see the production side of the movie business,” said Olsgard, who laughed, “I’ve got absolutely no formal training so I am a bit nervous. But at the end of the day we’re all just hockey players playing hockey in front of the cameras.”

Lippincott agreed.

“Seeing how a feature length movie is shot; what types of steps are taken to piece it together,” is what he’s looking forward to. Oh yeah, and “playing a little hockey while on camera.”

“There is nothing better than the camaraderie on the ice and in the locker room,” said Olsgard. “I’m really looking forward to reliving that a bit.”

For more information visit www.thirdperiodfilm.com.

DSC_0196-4COLUMBUS (OH) ~ Actor Spencer Kingsley, 11, joins THE THIRD PERIOD feature-length film cast as “Johnny Olsky,” son of lead “Mike Olsky,” in this gritty hockey drama set to film in Columbus, Ohio, the summer of 2019.

“The script is absolutely amazing. I read the whole thing with my mom in just a couple of days,” said Kingsley. “Every time we stopped and took a break, I couldn’t wait to get back to it again! I loved all the different story lines that were going on throughout the whole script. Stories of tragedy and triumph are always good and uplifting. It made me tear up in a few different places when I was reading it. I can’t wait to see it come to life.”

Kingsley was one of 35 actors and actresses invited to audition for the film in May 2018 in Columbus. The audition encompassed both an in-person acting audition and then an on-ice audition, though Kingsley’s character isn’t a hockey player so he only did the in-person audition.

“The audition process was fun, but scary at the same time. I really wanted the part, but I didn’t know if I would get cast or not so I was nervous,” said Kingsley. “The trip to Columbus in May was awesome. I got to meet a lot of really nice people who were auditioning for the film and I really liked meeting Steph Greegor, too. She was super nice and she even gave everyone a Swag Bag at the call backs!”

Kinglsey laughed that he thought the swag bag had an actual cell phone in it ~ it was a cell phone case.

“My mom laughed so hard at me,” he said. “After I got back home from auditions, I got creative and put some of my Legos in my cool new phone case to make it look like I have a phone and so I can pretend to text and look cool with my awesome new case!”

The film follows Mike Olsky, an aging hockey star, as he reaches the end of his career only to get injured. He faces multiple challenges before confronting the ultimate challenge of bringing his team together and trying to win the championship.

“There are so many true hockey players and professionals associated with this film that I can’t wait until we start shooting the hockey scenes so I can see them all play,” said Kingsley. “It will be such an amazing experience. I am really looking forward to getting to work with all of them.”

Kingsley said he’s also excited to work with a female director.

“She is working so hard to get this project up and running,” he said. “Even though we aren’t filming until next summer, she has even organized a weekend for all of us lead actors to meet in Columbus this September to start running scenes, to have dinner together and even volunteer with the Columbus Ice Hockey Club. It will be an amazing weekend for all of us to get to know each other and help develop our rapport so that it shows on screen. I am so excited about this whole opportunity and getting to work with Steph. She will be an amazing female director.”

For more information visit www.thirdperiodfilm.com.

Adetnuke AdetunjiCOLUMBUS (OH) ~ Actress Tinuke Adetunji joins THE THIRD PERIOD feature-length film cast as “Paige,” hockey player and best friend to “Ana Olsky,” daughter of lead “Mike Olsky,” in this gritty hockey drama set to film in Columbus, Ohio, the summer of 2019.

“Hockey is honestly what drew me to this film,” said Adetunji of the script. “I’ve always been a low key fan of hockey and I’ve always had the thought in my head of ‘How cool would it be if I was a hockey player in a movie?'”

Adetunji was one of 35 actors and actresses invited to audition for the film in May 2018 in Columbus. The audition encompassed both an in-person acting audition and then an on-ice audition.

Although Adetunji admits she’d never played “real” hockey before the auditions, she’s excited to accept the challenge of getting on the ice as a hockey player.

“I can truthfully say, this opportunity to play the character, Paige, is a dream come true,” she said.

The film follows aging hockey star Mike Olsky as he reaches the end of his career only to get injured. He faces multiple challenges before facing the ultimate challenge of bringing his team together and trying to win the championship.

“I think we need more hockey films,” said Adetunji. “So many other sports are in the limelight for major films and I think it would be nice to see more hockey movies.”

In the interim, Adetunji is looking forward to getting into character.

“I’m super excited to bring life to Paige and to build chemistry with Ana.”

For more information visit www.thirdperiodfilm.com.