Mattawan grad-filmmaker returns to shoot movie scenes at MHS and football field

Paul Garrod -

    MATTAWAN - A 2012 graduate of Mattawan High School, now a filmmaker, got the go-ahead Monday night  from the Mattawan Village Council to film a movie using Mattawan High School and the Mattawan varsity football team.
    Kyle Misak, who plans to shoot the film the  last full week of October, will then  submit it to the Sundance Film Festival in 2019, as well as their pitch to turn the  concept into a feature-length film.
    The movie is a football comedy called “Sullivan” about a high school boy with a vivid imagination who imagines himself as the greatest football player of all time, but in doing so, hides behind a false persona instead of really being himself.      
    Starring in the film will be Lester Speight (“Terry Tate: Office Linebacker,” Transformers 3), comedians Tyler Cassidy (“Froggy Fresh/Krispy Kreme”) and Mike Khoury, Brit MacRae and Jesse Charles.
    Misak approached the council because he plans to shoot the big game sequence from 7 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 27 to 5 a.m., Sunday, Oct. 28. He said he hopes to fill the stadium with local people to make it look and feel like a real homecoming game.
    Misak said Mattawan Consolidated School District has offered its full support for the project. The concessions stands will be open; raffles will be held for people to win one of three autographed footballs, signed by the  cast,  as well as a $100 Visa gift card.
    The village has a local ordinance of no loud noise between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m.
    Mattawan Village Manager Terri McLean said during Monday night’s council meeting, “I’m not worried about it, personally.”
    Mattawan Village Police Sgt. Jeremy Mansfield told the council and those in attendance at the meeting, “To bring it (filming) back to his hometown is commendable.”
    In other business, the  Council approved the purchase 825 gallons of liquid de-icer at a cost of $3,455.29.
    The de-icer will be added to the village’s winter salt supply.
    The council also approved the purchase of two 11-foot carbide insert kits from Winter Equipment Company for the  village dump trucks, and one for the village snow blower.


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