Marinette man returns home to release his award-winning independent film

A still frame image from the trailer for "Aquarians." (Courtesy Michael M. McGuire)

GREEN BAY (WLUK) -- Not Hollywood. Not New York City.

An award-winning independent film will premiere in Wisconsin and Upper Michigan. Marinette native Michael M. McGuire is the writer, director and producer of "Aquarians," which will be released in select local theaters today.

McGuire and actor Pete Schwaba joined Rachel Manek on Good Day Wisconsin to talk about making the film and releasing it locally. McGuire describes the film as a brotherhood drama/comedy set in the fictional Wisconsin town of Silver River. "Aquarians" was shot on his "home turf" around Marinette County and Menominee County.

Here's the complete list of the Wisconsin and Upper Michigan premieres of "Aquarians":

  • Antigo, WI - Palace Twin Theater
  • Ashland, WI - Ashland Bay Cinema (Filmmaker Michael McGuire will attend a Q&A following the 4pm screening on Sun 11/4)
  • Chippewa Falls, WI - Micon Stadium 8
  • Eagle River, WI - Vilas Cinema (Writer/Director Michael McGuire, producer Ben Fritz, and actor Pete Schwaba will attend a Q&A following the 7pm screening on Sat 11/3)
  • Hayward, WI - Hayward Cinema (Filmmaker Michael McGuire appearing in person for Q&A following the 12:45pm screening on Sun 11/4)
  • Ironwood, MI - Cloverland Cinemas (Producer Ben Fritz will attend a Q&A following the 1:40pm screening on Sun 11/4)
  • La Crosse, WI - Rivoli Theatre (Producer Ben Fritz appearing in person for post-screening Q&A on Friday 11/2)
  • Marinette, WI - Mariner Theater (Writer/director Michael McGuire appearing in person with supporting actor Pete Schwaba for post-screening Q&A on Friday 11/2)
  • Shawano, WI - Shawano Cinema (Filmmaker Michael McGuire and actor Pete Schwaba will attend a Q&A following the 1:20pm screening on Sat 11/3)
  • Sparta, WI - Sparta Cinema 6 (Producer Ben Fritz appearing in person for post-screening Q&A on Friday 11/2)
  • Stephenson, MI - Tivoli Theater - (Writer/director Michael McGuire appearing in person to introduce the opening night screening, Friday 11/2)
  • Sturgeon Bay, WI - Sturgeon Bay Cinema 6 (Writer/director Michael McGuire with guest moderator Charlie Berens (of "Manitowoc Minute" fame) for post-screening Q&A on Monday 11/5)
  • Woodruff, WI - Lakeland Cinema 6 (Writer/Director Michael McGuire, producer Ben Fritz and actor Pete Schwaba will attend a Q&A following the 5:30pm screening on Sat 11/3)

MOVIE SYNOPSIS: "Aquarians" follows Danny (Chandler Massey), a seminary student who begrudgingly returns to his snow-covered hometown of Silver River to support his longtime, terminally ill pastor, Father Rob (Richard Riehle). But as questions swirl about the young deacon’s family past, Danny embarks on reconnecting with his estranged brother, Jake (Shane Coffey). With the help of Nicole (Tracey Fairaway), a hipster hair stylist from their past, Danny sets off into the night woods to find Jake, setting in motion an emotional rollercoaster as the two undertake chores, debate faith, go ice fishing and confront temptations that twist and turn in surprising ways. As tensions erupt, the brothers find themselves in violent confrontation over the past event that sent them down divergent paths in life.

For more information about "Aquarians," visit the film’s website: Aquariansthemovie.com.


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