2010-12-30 / Happenings

Film features former Houghton Lake resident

NIGHTSTARS Former Houghton Lake High School student Thai Reznich performs in a scene with fellow Michigan actor Nam Binh Dang in the movie “Nightstars.” Reznich is cast in one of the lead roles in the independently produced feature film, which is currently being submitted to film festivals in many different states. (Courtesy photo) NIGHTSTARS Former Houghton Lake High School student Thai Reznich performs in a scene with fellow Michigan actor Nam Binh Dang in the movie “Nightstars.” Reznich is cast in one of the lead roles in the independently produced feature film, which is currently being submitted to film festivals in many different states. (Courtesy photo) Reaching a long-held goal to become a film actor, former Houghton Lake resident Thai Reznich, 25, made his feature film debut recently in “Nightstars,” a movie produced, written and directed by Washington D.C. based filmmaker Rahmin Atarod.

Atarod describes “Nightstars” as a “minimalist coming-of-age drama that follows three groups of teenagers on a quiet summer night in the suburbs.” In one of the lead roles in the film, Reznich plays Younger Brother, a character Atarod describes as “a hard-working cynic, who is kidnapped by his notoriously wild Older Brother who’s keen to rekindle their long-dead childhood bond.”

Older Brother is played by Nam Redemption,” which was produced in 2010.

Atarod, began production of “Nightstars” in January 2008, with principal photography being conducted over 25 days in August and September that year. The film was “finished” in August 2010, and had its premier at the Landmark E Street Theater in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 4. “Nightstars” features original music written by John Fishback and produced by Matt Bliss. “Fishback’s score utilizes guitars, drums and synths to complement the dreamy mood of the images and captures the film’s themes of alienation,” according to Atarod’s production notes.

Still undergoing minor revisions, “Nightstars” is currently being submitted to numerous film festivals Binh Dang, a long-time friend of Reznich’s who also hails from the Detroit area and is a film student at the Art Institute of Washington, where producer Atarod earned a degree in digital media production in 2008.

Reznich’s acting experience began at the age of five, when he joined the cast of a children’s cable television show produced in the Detroit area. He studied acting in both high school and college, and was also featured in the fan film “Brown Coats: around the country, including the River Bend Festival at Indiana University’s South Bend campus. Atarod said the film will also be submitted to film festivals in Michigan, including the Traverse City Film Festival. A trailer is available for viewing on the film’s web site, www.nightstarsmovie. com.

Editor’s note: Reznich is the son of Resorter reporter/photographer Thomas Reznich of Houghton Lake and Bach Cuc Doan of Roseville.

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