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“Remembering Phil,” a new feature film starring Nicholas Turturro, Christina Murphy and Dan Castellaneta, has its roots not only in Hollywood, but also in Northwest Ohio.

The film was edited by Chris Pavlica, a recent Los Angeles transplant who was born and raised in Elmore. The world-premiere screening of the film was held Aug. 14, as an Official Selection of the inaugural Downtown Film Festival at Laemmle’s Grande Theatre in Los Angeles. “Remembering Phil” will also be screening as an Official Selection of the Big Bear Lake International Film Festival in California Sept. 13.

After graduating from Woodmore High School and while still a student at Ohio University, Pavlica paid a visit to Los Angeles and immersed himself in the film industry. There, he made numerous industry contacts, which in a short time led to a permanent move to L.A. and the establishment of his editorial company, BattalionX.

In his brief time in Hollywood, Pavlica has earned acclaim as editor of two feature films, a dozen MTV music videos and a handful of commercials and television series. Most recently, he completed a major project as editor of two large-scale multi-media installations for the Heineken Experience in Amsterdam.

Written by Michael J. Katz and directed by Brian Smith, “Remembering Phil” is the first feature produced by Prevalent Films, LLC. The story concerns a television writer-producer, Phil Winters (Turturro) who returns from vacation to find that no one in the world remembers he exists. Part Hollywood insider satire, part metaphysical character study, “Remembering Phil” strikes a hauntingly dark comic tone on both fronts.

Nicholas Turturro’s comedic work in such recent films as “I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry” and “The Longest Yard” served as a contrast to his seven seasons of Emmy-nominated work on the dramatic series “NYPD Blue.”

The lead role of Phil offers him the opportunity to further display his range. “In Remembering Phil,” Turturro’s character must face his worst fears and confront the compromises of his life at every turn.

Newcomer Christina Murphy co-stars as Debbie, a beautiful young woman who may be Phil’s long-lost daughter, a newfound love interest or something far more sinister.

Best known as the voice of Homer Simpson on the hit series and feature film, “The Simpsons,” Dan Castellaneta brings his trademark wit and irony to the role of Dr. Seymour, Phil’s unusual psychiatrist.

Also gracing the stellar cast are Joanne Kelly (“Vanished”) as Phil’s ex-wife; Steve Valentine (“Crossing Jordan”) as a self-absorbed filmmaker; Peter Dobson (“The Frighteners”) as a pompous network exec; and Frank Bonner (“WKRP in Cincinnati”) as a cranky motel clerk.

Director Brian Smith, a veteran of the music video and commercial worlds, makes his independent feature debut with “Remembering Phil.”

Writer-producer Michael J. Katz is the Managing Partner of Prevalent Films, LLC. With “Remembering Phil,” Katz dons a producer’s hat for the first time, firmly believing in the future of independent cinema.

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