HOUGHTON LAKE – A Kickstarter campaign will be launched on December 17, 2018 to give everyone a chance to have a part in producing a sequel to the classic Michigan movie, FROZEN STUPID, set in Roscommon County. Plenty of giving levels will be offered including perks with the chance to be immortalized by having a speaking role in the film! Once funded, filming will occur in the spring of 2019, in and around Houghton Lake.
“When we came to Roscommon County to make the original Frozen Stupid movie, we made the film, but also made a lot of friends and they want us back! Highlighting a community is a lot of fun for everyone and the economic impact is welcome,” said writer/director Rich Brauer, from Traverse City, who has made a dozen feature films in Michigan and was awarded Michigan Filmmaker of the Year in 2009.
In the original comedy FROZEN STUPID, all Tony Norgard (Joey Albright; Escanaba in da Moonlight, Barn Red) really wanted to do was go ice fishing. Through the day, misfortune met him at every turn. Among other things, he wrecked his wife’s sports car, lost his truck through thin ice and got in a fist fight with a six foot pike.
When he met up with his dad Frank, (Ernest Borgnine; Marty, Poseidon Adventure, Dirty Dozen), things got worse. Turns out the apple doesn’t fall very far from the tree.
Through it all, even Tony was dwarfed by the magnitude of his compounding troubles. But he was an optimistic man and in his own way, put the best spin on the mess he has created, all the while enjoying his obsession for the age old art of ice fishing.
Now comes FROZEN STUPID2:Open Water The ice is long gone. Tony Norgard’s submerged pick-up truck is finally getting pulled out of Houghton Lake. His joyous moment however, is shattered when he is handed a big DNR fine for leaving it in the water so long. He has two weeks to pay.
Perfect timing. He hears about a fishing tournament in town with a hefty cash prize that very weekend. His financial problems, at least for now, could be over. As with Tony’s normal luck, it turns out Saturday is also the same day as his wedding anniversary. No problem. He figures that he can win the tournament and get cleaned up and off to dinner with his wife with plenty of time to spare.
So he resurrects his dad’s old 1960’s boat and enters the competition. But his troubles are just beginning.
As in the original film, Tony stays ever buoyant, against all odds, postponing trouble, being a friend, and trying to make the best of what life throws at him.
Most of the original cast and crew will return to create this comedy feature film. Brauer and his crew are excited to bring everyone together to create this timeless family friendly comedy.