5 Things You Need To Know About BACK IN THE DAY by Michael RosenbaumJanuary 28, 2014

5 Things You Need To Know About BACK IN THE DAY by Michael Rosenbaum

BACK IN THE DAY (Screen Media)

Sometimes in order to move forward, you have to go back. And in this comedy, Jim Owens does just that when he heads home for his high school reunion. In an attempt to relive the glory days with his boys and explore an old romance, he nearly destroys his hometown and friendships.

Comedy written & directed by Michael Rosenbaum, starring Nick Swardson, Harland Williams, Morena Baccarin and more! Now on demand.  

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5 Things You Need To Know About BACK IN THE DAY by Michael Rosenbaum


Michael Rosenbaum / BACK IN THE DAY (Screen Media)

1. Back in the Day was shot entirely in my small hometown of Newburgh and Evansville, Indiana. We filmed in my old high school, the Pizza King, the Knob Hill Tavern and many of my old friends' homes. It was surreal and a real community bonding experience. The town was buzzing. I wanted to give back and the generosity was unbelievable.

2. Our film is based loosely on four or five guys that I grew up with. Every actor got to meet the guy they played and that was pretty cool. Harland Williams portrayed one of my old buddies, Skunk. The real Skunk just passed away a few months ago and the movie is in memory of him. He was an amazing guy. a tough guy and a freaking hilarious one too.


BACK IN THE DAY (Screen Media)

3. Everyone told me not to shoot in Indiana. There was no tax credit there and everyone was trying to convince me to stay in LA. Not to mention it was pilot season in Los Angeles and what actors would leave their nice homes and sunshine to film in southern Indiana in the dead of winter for no money? I didn't listen. I wanted it to feel real. Authentic. If this was my first and last movie, I was going to make it in my home town. Somehow it came together.

4. I put my own money into the movie. A lot of people are using Kickstarter which is pretty damn ingenious, and I'm not knocking it, but I got a few investors and wrote some of the checks myself. If it doesn't work out, I might have to start a Kickstarter campaign for myself.

5. I'm a big fan of John Hughes, Adam Sandler

and The Farrely Brothers... 

The big question in making this film was how can I make a movie, pay homage to all of my idols, make it my own, make it look like a quality film and make it really funny for NO MONEY?

Well, I knew that I needed a good Director of Photography and someone who could move fast. So, I got one. My now good friend Bradley Stonesifer who also shot the film HIT and RUN, with Bradley Cooper. I liked his style. He's an artist. I remember joking with the crew on the first day of filming. I made an announcement: "Brad is here to make ‘ART’ and I'm here to make ‘FART’ and Together we will make ‘F'ART’”; and that's just what we did. We have a lot of silliness sprinkled in this movie, but there's also a lot of gorgeous shots and some genuinely sweet and artistic moments.

Brad once asked me, "do you think the critics will like this movie?" I replied "No... I just want my friends to." Mission Accomplished. This is for the boys, and all the boys out there. That's the great thing about indie movies….Freedom.


Michael Rosenbaum and Morena Baccarin / BACK IN THE DAY (Screen Media)

- Michael Rosenbaum



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