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March 28, 2014, 12:20 AM | posted by Lara Klaber in Filmmakers
Chris Kasick grew up in Cleveland and now directs commercials in Los Angeles. But he can’t seem to get Cleveland out of his mind. He has always wanted to tell a story about the city. So he and writer Mike Demski, another Cleveland native, teamed up and created “Uncle Nick.”
“Our main character, Nick, is Cleveland personified,” says Kasick. “He’s struggling with past memories of love and prosperity.”
The movie centers on Nick, a drunk uncle, who attempts to score with his brother's flirtatious stepdaughter on Christmas Eve. Using 10-Cent Beer Night as the vehicle, the filmmakers make “a fun, drunken mess of a story about Cleveland.”
For those of you not familiar with this infamous 1974 Cleveland story, it was a promotion during an Indians baseball game. Beer was sold for 10 cents a cup, the crowd rioted and the Indians ended up forfeiting the game.
“The reenactments we shot are based on true accounts of the night, some of which are shocking,” says Kasick. “You can't find footage of 10-Cent Beer Night anywhere and there's only a handful of stills available. I think we do a good job of highlighting one of the most bizarre events in baseball history.”
Kasick left Ohio when he was 19 years old hoping to work for his favorite filmmaker, Errol Morris, the Academy-Award-winning documentarian.
He moved to Boston blindly, got a free internship at his producer's office, and eventually landed on the set of Moriss's TV series, "First Person." Shortly after that he began working for Morris.
"One of the most important lessons I learned from Errol was about patience in post [production]," Kasick says. "Let the story unfold over the course of editing."
Although he admits, patience is tough when when you're trying to finish a film. "Making new discoveries in the edit is the most rewarding part of the process for me," he says.
— Anne M. DiTeodoro
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