GREEN BAY - Sure, the latest "Twilight" movie was selling out this weekend,but Green Bay's Meyer Theater also hosted a packed house Sundaynight for the comedy "Feed the Fish," shot partly in Door County,featuring local extras.
"We wanted to bring it back and show it to the local folksbefore anyone else because they helped us out so much during thefilming," writer/director Michael Matzdorff said.
Matzdorff grew up in Green Bay, and so did the film's star, TonyShalhoub, Matzdorff's uncle. Both took part in showcasingscreenings of the movie for audiences in Fish Creek and Green Bayover the weekend. And they had no trouble filling the seats whilecompeting with that vampire saga.
"The difference is ours is free," Shalhoub said with a laugh."It was tremendous (the audience) recognized all of the locationsapplauded when they did recognize things. I think the whole moviereally is a love letter to Door County and the people.
The two free screenings Saturday in Door County, where part ofthe movie was shot last winter, brought in rave reviews. On the "Feedthe Fish" Web site, blogger Chris called the movie "AbsolutelyHillarious!" B says, "it's excellent, a great movie," and M.B.labels "Feed the Fish" "delightful."
Local extras and crew members were invited to the screenings tosee for themselves.
Shalhoub plays the sheriff in the independent film and is alsoan executive producer on the project. He says local audiencesreacted well to the comedy.
Shahloub, who recently wrapped up playing the title role in theUSA TV series "Monk," is now headed to Broadway, but says he'd loveto come back to make more movies in Wisconsin.
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