EPM_0210COLUMBUS (OH) ~ Actress Paige Neuenschwander, 17, joins THE THIRD PERIOD feature-length film cast as “Piper Olsky,” one of the daughters of lead Mike Olsky, in this gritty hockey drama set to film in Columbus, Ohio, the summer of 2019.

“What attracted me to the script the most was that this was the first feature length hockey film [in the U.S.] to be directed by a woman,” said Neuenschwander. “I have never played hockey and I wanted to challenge myself by trying something I have never done before.”

Neuenschwander 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.

“The skating assessment was quite difficult at times. This audition was the hardest for me by far and definitely pushed me outside my comfort zone, but it challenged me and I learned a lot from it,” said Neuenschwander. “I really enjoyed the entire process. I now have a greater appreciation for the game of hockey and how much time and dedication goes into the sport.”

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.

“The thing I am looking forward to the most with this film is working with the super talented cast and being directed by Steph [Greegor],” said Neuenschwander. “The aspect of my character that I am most looking forward to playing is that she is a young brainiac. I have never taken on a role like this before, and I am eager to go through the process of creating this character. What fascinates me the most is her wit.”

For more information visit www.thirdperiodfilm.com.

The Third Period is the first feature-length hockey film in U.S. history to be written, produced and directed by a woman – former Fox Sports Ohio writer Steph Greegor

 

Myles Clohessy as “Teddy Hendrix”

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COLUMBUS, OH (MAY 7, 2018) – Eleven One Productions has selected former athlete Myles Clohessy to join the gritty, feature-length ice hockey drama, The Third Period, set to be filmed in Columbus, Ohio, beginning June 2019.

The Third Period writer and director Steph Greegor has selected up-and-coming New York actor and Quantico cast member Myles Clohessy, a former Division 1 athlete, who played ice hockey for two years, as the hot shot superstar “Teddy Hendrix.”

“I think it’s incredibly important that real hockey players are in this film,” Greegor said. “Hockey fans are very particular about what they see on film. They know when it’s real and they know when you’re faking it. So, there’s no faking here. We have legit players, who also have entertainment experience.”

Clohessy is a former Division I soccer player for Central Connecticut State University, who also played a couple years of hockey and is now training with a pro hockey coach.

“I got some of the skating genes from my mom (figure skater Catherine Erhardt)…so I grew up skating a lot,” said Clohessy. “Hockey is a sport that I’ve always loved. It’s exciting that I’m getting back into it. This is a skill set that takes immense dedication, and that’s something that I look forward to honing and perfecting to the best of my ability before we start shooting.”

For Clohessy acting is a family business. He grew up going to set with his father, actor Robert Clohessy (Blue Bloods, The Avengers). Clohessy attended the Purchase Conservatory of Acting in NY, played prime time T.V. guest star roles as well as and is a current Wilhelmina model. You can spot him on the hit T.V. show Quantico during the second half of this season.

“I’m really excited for Steph. I know Steph loves hockey, and I think it will give it a better perspective other than all of the male-centric sports films that have come out,” said Clohessy, who was especially impressed with The Third Period’s script, also written by Greegor. “I think Steph has a really great script here that’s really character-driven and isn’t just about sports, but how through sports you can overcome the hardest struggles in life. I think that’s something that’s really unique about the script that I’m excited to delve into.”

The Third Period is the first feature-length hockey film in U.S. history to be written, produced and directed by a woman – former Fox Sports Ohio writer and on-air Blue Jackets Live guest Steph Greegor. 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.

“I was going through something similar to the main character, Mike Olsky, while I was covering hockey and it absolutely inspired me to write this script,” Greegor said. “Ice hockey is a beautiful sport; precise, fast, and tough. And I wanted to capture that in film. Particularly at a time when the hockey fan base is growing, especially among women and kids. It’s exciting for me, as a woman, to be one of the first helming such a male-dominated arena.”

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. Ohio Film Group will provide post-production services.

The Third Period is set to be filmed in Columbus from June 3 through July 14 of 2019.

For more information on the film, visit the Official Website.

MEDIA CONTACT: Chris Herbert at 614-448-8703 or chrish@redefiningpr.com

 

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