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'Strange Brand of Happy' extended for new week at KYOVA 10

Sep. 18, 2013 @ 11:22 AM

ASHLAND — “A Strange Brand of Happy,” a faith-fueled film starring Academy Award winner Shirley Jones (”The Partridge Family”) and Grammy Award winning Christian artist Rebecca St. James, has been extended for another week at the KYOVA 10.

 The film, which also stars Ashland native actor Joe Boyd and was produced in part by Ashland native Isaac Stambaugh, will now be showing at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 18-19 and at 6:45 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20 through Thursday, Sept. 26.

Stambaugh and Boyd live in Cincinnati and both work with for Rebel Pilgrim Productions, which made the film.

The PG-13-rated film directed by Brad Wise follows an aimless bachelor who loses his job and finds himself chasing the same girl as his manipulative ex-boss. 
Stambaugh, who graduated from Paul Blazer High School in Ashland in 2000 and then from the Ohio University Southern Electronic Media program, said they’re excited for the comedic film that will be shown on 43 screens in 39 cities.

“We thought there might be an opportunity for distribution in three to five theaters and we were excited about that, that this film would reach and engage people,” Stambaugh said. “But then a lot of other opportunities came along and so now we are going to be on 43 screens in 39 cities and that really exceeded our expectations.”

Stambaugh said the film’s gotten some good reviews with some people comparing the quirky comedy to the cult-classic, “Napoleon Dynamite.”

“It’s been promoted as a faith-friendly film and what that means is that there is some talk about God but it is not heavy-handed or preachy,” Stambaugh said. “Sometimes when films are labeled as faith films that can honestly be something that people are scared of.”

Stambaugh said Tri-State residents who travel often to Cincinnati, will enjoy the cinematography that showcases that river city.

“We love the city, our office is only four blocks from Great American Ballpark, and so we want to show it off,” Stambaugh said. “Brad Wise, our director, said he wanted it to be a visual love letter to Cincinnati and definitely we use some of those older quaint neighborhoods and some of the urbanized weekend spots and  the skyline is gorgeous. We were able to shoot some scenes in Bellevue (across the river) of the city at night.”

For more info about the film, go online at www.HappyAshland.com for more info on the film.