#8216;Summer Nuts#8217; to run in Ashland

Published 12:00 am Monday, August 14, 2006

A moviemaker with Ironton roots will have his latest film premier in Ashland tomorrow.

Mickey Fisher graduated from Ironton High School in 1991 and then went to the Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati before heading to New York. Three years ago he became a movie producer.

His latest independent film

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“Summer Nuts” will premier at the Midtown Cinema 3 at 8 p.m. Saturday.

The comedy is about a Midwestern stock theater troupe who, in the spirit of plummeting ticket sales and community involvement, formed Summer Nuts — pretty much the worst team in the history of softball.

Fisher — who wrote, directed and produced the film — said it was based on his experiences. In 1994, Steve Colella, Fisher and other actors were working at a school acting project called Hot Summer Nights.

“Colella thought we should form a team and play on our nights off, so we formed a team and we called ourselves the “Hot Summer Nuts,” Fisher said. “We lost every single game.”

He said the point of the movie is that although they are a losing team, they have the greatest time.

When asked how he convinced his friends to come to Warsaw, Ind., for 10 days to make a movie about the worst softball team ever, Fisher said it was easy.

“A lot of them I have been friends with since college,” he said. “So I have a lot of dirt on them. It was a blast, it was like summer camp.”

Fisher said he began producing and writing his own movies to give himself roles as an actor.

“It was to give myself my own break although I didn’t know it would take me this long to break in as a film maker,” he said on Friday. “I saw myself as a certain kind of actor and I didn’t feel like other people saw me in the same way.”

Fisher’s first movie, “The King of Iron Town,” released in 2004, won 3rd Place at The Appalachian Film Festival and is being distributed nationwide through Vanguard Cinema.

“The whole thing started off as a way to give myself good stuff to do as an actor,” Fisher said. “And for my friends who are all actors.”

“Summer Nuts” premiers in Ashland at 8 p.m. and is a free showing. Fisher warns that the movie will probably be rated PG-13 and may not be appropriate for younger children.

The movie doesn’t have a distributor yet, and Fisher is taking it to film festivals across the country.

For more information about “Summer Nuts”, visit the Web site www.