_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.

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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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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Photo by Leonardo Carrizo

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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