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.

 

Tyler Evans, l, as “Cots,” and Eric Toulouse as “Chary” in the feature-length film, THE THIRD PERIOD.

 

COLUMBUS (OH) ~ Actors, and hockey players, Tyler Evans and Eric Toulouse, join THE THIRD PERIOD feature-length film cast as “Cots” and “Chary,” respectively, teammates of lead Mike Olsky and the comedy relief in this gritty hockey drama set to film in Columbus, Ohio, the summer of 2019.

“I think this film will help bring positive attention, in my opinion to one of the best sports in the world,” said Toulouse, who grew up in Canada, where hockey was a way of life. “This is a sport that requires the players to have the hand eye coordination of a baseball player, the physicality of a football game, foot skills of a soccer player, the hands of a boxer, and who could forget the speed which is unmatched by any other sport. All this on ice.”

Plus, as a current Ohioan, it gives Toulouse one other opportunity: “I am proud to show how great of a hockey town Columbus really is.”

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.

“This shows more off-the-ice problems, which get overlooked by the average fan or young athlete,” said Evans. “It shows how the athlete is still a human and has to deal with life in general.”

It also looks at the game of ice hockey itself, interspersing off-the-ice scenes with on-the-ice scenes and telling the story through game and competition ~ a huge draw for Toulouse.

“I immediately knew I had to try to be part of it,” he said. “Getting a chance to get on the ice with a great cast and some great former NHL players, was an opportunity that I could not let pass me by.”

Evans and Toulouse were just two 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.

“I thought it was by far the best experience I have had thus far in my acting career,” said Evans. “Just being able to meet the actors, creators, and producers was great. To play with everyone on the ice and get to feel like a team helped with connections on and off the ice making it easier to become a character and feel the project versus just reading lines; it shows the true you and how you fit.”

It was also an opportunity for those who dreamt of playing in the NHL to get tips from the pros.

“Being able to not only talk with former NHL players but also get on the ice with them was an awesome experience,” said Toulouse. “Getting the opportunity to pick their brain and get a few much-needed tips, is an experience that I never dreamed could happen as a kid or an adult.”

Toulouse said he’s also excited to be part of something historic, as THE THIRD PERIOD will be the first feature-length film in U.S. history to be written and directed by a woman, former Columbus Blue Jackets reporter and award-winning writer Steph Greegor.

“I think it’s great for a couple reasons: One, I get to be part of something that’s never been done,” said Toulouse. “Second, I think that our director Steph Greegor has a great understanding of the game and its players. She also has done a great job surrounding herself with great hockey minds, and I can’t wait to see her vision on screen.”

But mostly, Toulouse is ready to get on the ice with his fellow “Bash Brother,” and sink into his role as Chary, as he and Evans provide some “comic relief” to the gritty drama. Evans couldn’t agree more.

“I love being the loud mouth! Trying to get people motivated and get people going. I always am trying to bring the energy to the highest point I can,” said Evans of his role. “The overall casting was exciting to see for me as I grew up a HUGE hockey fan. I always wanted to play in the NHL one day; as I grew older and my interests were more in acting and my hockey skills were not as advanced as most kids in the sport, I decided to play for the love of the game and focus on acting.”

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

The Third Period Exceeds Goal for First Round of Funding

GoFundMe development fund campaign raises more than $41,000 to help spearhead feature-length hockey film with support from key donors including LIVE! Technologies, Giant Eagle, and R Bar

 

COLUMBUS, OH (AUGUST 6, 2018) – Eleven One Productions today announced the development fundraising campaign for The Third Period film has raised $42,900 – exceeding its goal by more than $12,000.  Key corporate partners including LIVE! Technologies and Giant Eagle, provided significant support in addition to the dozens of corporate and individual donors.

The Third Period is a gritty, feature-length ice hockey drama, written, produced and directed by Steph Greegor, former Fox Sports Ohio reporter and on-air Blue Jackets Live commentator. Greegor’s short film “Olsky,” the short proof-of-concept for The Third Period was Emmy-nominated and festival-accepted. The Third Period is the first feature-length hockey film in U.S. history to be written, produced and directed by a woman.

The movie is set to film in Columbus beginning June 2019.

“It’s a tremendous milestone to exceed our first fundraising benchmark,” Greegor said. “Not only does it allow us to properly lay the foundation for this film, it shows the tremendous support this project is building from local businesses, hockey fans and the entire central Ohio community.  We have a lot of work to do before the first scene is shot, but we’re well on our way to bringing a little Hollywood to Columbus.”

To date, nine local businesses have signed on as film partners through a combination of monetary and in-kind donations. LIVE! Technologies is now the official live production partner and Platinum sponsor of the film; Giant Eagle is the official catering partner and Gold sponsor; and Michael Darr of RBar Arena and Three-Legged Mare is the official bar & restaurant partner. Other partners include CD102.5, Studio 35 Cinema & DrafthouseThe Chiller Ice Rinks, Pendulum PR and Creative Strategies and The Reel Law Firm.

The production has also gleaned local support from the Greater Columbus Film Commission, Experience Columbus, GCAC, and others.

“As the sales and marketing organization for the Columbus Region, we appreciate how the film will shine a positive light on our city, including its sports, restaurants and shopping,” said Brian Ross, President and CEO of Experience Columbus, in a letter of support for the film. “The film could serve as ‘advertising’ for our thriving community and build awareness of Columbus as an attractive destination for visitors, conventions and sporting events. Also, the economic impact to Columbus and Franklin County during six weeks of filming in 2019 will be significant.”

Economic impact for Columbus would be approximately $3.5 million with the creation of close to 170 jobs locally and regionally.

“This is a project that not only the Columbus hockey and arts communities can rally around, but area businesses need to understand the economic impact of a movie of this scale,” said Live! Technologies Executive Producer Michael Farrell. “It’s not everyday film projects of this scale are spearheaded in Columbus. We appreciate how Steph has built this film around the local community, engaged area businesses and cast local talent to be a part of the movie.”

The Third Period has also identified three charities for which the team will raise money throughout production. Charity partners include First Responder Faceoff Foundation, Columbus Ice Hockey Club and CD 102.5’s For the Kids.  The first official fundraiser event is happening now at RBar in the Arena District. Throughout the month of August, all purchases can be rounded up to the nearest dollar and 100 percent of those monies will be divided equally between the charities.

More information about this weekend visit will be posted on the film’s website in the coming weeks.

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 is set to provide post-production services.

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

 

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Chris Herbert 614-448-8703  chrish@pendulumstrategygroup.com
Brock Schmaltz 614-209-8683 brock@highstakespr.com

 

 

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FRFOF HHH TM LogoTHE THIRD PERIOD production welcomes the Central Ohio First Responder Face-Off Foundation as its third, and final, nonprofit charity to benefit from various fundraisers throughout the production cycle.

First Responder Foundation joins CD102.5’s For the Kids, and the Columbus Ice Hockey Club. Learn more about all our charity partners here.

The First Responder Face-Off Foundation is a 501(c)3 charitable organization that provides resources to First Responders across Central Ohio with assistance from its Community Partners.

The Foundation hosts its annual fundraiser, the First Responder Face-Off™, and other hockey related experiences throughout the year, to fulfill its mission of:

Education
The First Responder Face-Off Foundation Scholarship Program awards annual scholarships to children of first responders who become severely injured or disabled in the line of duty.

Health, Wellness & Safety
Provides funds for philanthropic and research efforts in the area of early detection of health and occupational disease (including Cancer) for first responders.

Financial
Provides direct, economic hardship grants to first responders and their families in times of tragedy and unexpected loss.

Mobility & Accommodation
Provides assistance with mobility and accommodation of first responders when faced with life altering injury or disability.

To donate to the Foundation and to help support its mission, head here.

Stay tuned to THE THIRD PERIOD website and news for upcoming fundraising events for these four charities.

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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From Emily Bench at Columbus Business First

“Soon hockey fans in Columbus will be able to watch more than just Blue Jackets action. The city is going to be the setting of a new independent film called The Third Period.

Steph Greegor, the film’s writer and producer, is a former Fox Sports Ohio journalist who grew to love the game of hockey as she covered the Blue Jackets for five years….”

Read the full article HEREhttps://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2018/04/18/columbus-slated-to-be-setting-for-new-indie-hockey.html

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COLUMBUS – Eleven One Productions welcomes CD102.5 as its “Official Radio Partner” of the feature film production THE THIRD PERIOD, set to be filmed in Columbus, Ohio, beginning June of 2019 and released in 2020.

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.

The independent film aligns perfectly with Columbus’ number one alternative radio station, CD102.5, who is now one of the top-rated stations in the Columbus market and the only independently owned station in the top 100 markets in the country. CD102.5’s “For the Kids” Charity also joins “Columbus Ice Hockey Club,” as charity beneficiaries for the production’s charity fundraising events yet to be announced.

To stay up-to-date on what’s happening with the film, head to CD102.5 and tune in regularly for cast and crew interviews, including an interview at 9 a.m. Tuesday, April 17, with Michael Darr, owner of The Three-Legged Mare and RBar Arena, the “Official Bar & Restaurant” partners of the production.

For more information on the film, head to www.elevenoneproductions.com or www.cd1025.com

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COLUMBUS – Eleven One Productions is thrilled to have Columbus’ R Bar and Three-Legged Mare join its feature-length film production of THE THIRD PERIOD as its “Official Bar & Restaurant” partner.

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R Bar and The Three-Legged Mare are located across from Nationwide Arena in downtown Columbus where THE THIRD PERIOD will commence production during the summer of 2019 with release set for 2020. The character drama is centered in the world of ice hockey and follows an aging hockey star who must battle back after injury to win big in the third period of his life.

The film is being produced by Ohio Film Group and Eleven One Productions.

For more information visit thirdperiodfilm.com.