Two famous Hollywood names, Zane and Eastwood, helped producer Jeffery Patterson score a hat trick (the hockey kind, not the cowboy kind), winning two awards at the International Family Film Festival this month in Hollywood, California. Patterson won the Best Feature Drama award for Hot Bath an’ a Stiff Drink, and the Pearl Award, given to the film that “best exemplifies the purity and enduring strength of the family bond” for Finding Harmony.
Hot Bath an’ a Stiff Drink is a western in the classic Hollywood tradition, pre-Wild Bunch and Unforgiven, which tells a tale of twins torn apart at an early age and reunited 30 years later. That reunion reveals that one is a marshal and the other an outlaw, but they both have something they have to take care of as a family. The marshal, played by Jeffery Patterson, finds himself torn between loyalty to the law and loyalty to family.
The film has all the classic elements of old-time westerns – train and stagecoach robberies, a rowdy bar, shootouts in the street, a colorful band of outlaws, and a heartless villain. It also included a bit of a libertarian streak, with a corrupt governor and a secret service agent, played by CSI: Miami’s Rex Linn, more interested in getting an arrest than seeing justice done.
I particularly enjoyed watching the character Sence Soto, a sharp-shooting bandita, played with attitude and flare by Mirelly Taylor (Lost). Her character, and most of the others in this film, cried out for a little more backstory. Screenwriters Terry Luce, Dustin Rikert, and Matthew Gratzner should re-watch all the Coen brothers and Quentin Tarantino films. Maybe we’ll see that in Hot Bath an’ a Stiff Drink 2, currently in post.
– Blog Critics
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We are excited to announce that Once Upon A Dream Productions, Jeffery Patterson, received two awards last night at the International Family Film Festival. Hot Bath an’ a Stiff Drink rounded up the BEST FEATURE DRAMA at the festival, while Finding Harmony received the festivals most prestigious, PEARL AWARD, for the film that best exemplifies the purity and enduring strength of the family bond.
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Join the cast for the world festival premiere of “Hot Bath an’ a Stiff Drink” starring Jeffery Patterson (Finding Harmony), Ronnie Gene Blevins (Dark Knight Rises), Mirelly Taylor (The Historian), William Shockley (RoboCop), Grainger Hines (One Life To Live), Rex Linn (CSI: Miami). Westerns are back! “One of the best authentic westerns to be released in years… Jeffery Patterson is wonderful and incredibly versatile…Family is always family, no matter who you turn out to be!” (MovieCritical.net)
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Jeffery Patterson is on the Cover of Westside People Magazine!
Choosing his own destiny: Jeffery Patterson talks about producing movies, his acting career and being a Dad.
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Generators hum, RV windows glow and cameras roll on the dusty streets of Mescal, the home of “Hot Bath An’ A Stiff Drink 2.”
The film, a period western where the good guy and the bad guy are identical twins separated as children by rough outlaws, shot its first installment in the high desert between Vail and Benson earlier this year. Jeffery Patterson, producer, executive producer and a lead actor on the film, also considered New Mexico and Texas, but chose to come to Arizona.
Patterson said he heard through word of mouth that Old Tucson Studios, which runs Mescal and the main studio off Kinney Road, provides a good experience for filmmakers. He said that’s what brought him back for the sequel.
He knows he can’t offer support service providers—like “Hot Bath’s” hair and makeup artists, who also work on A&E’s western-set crime drama series “Longmire” in New Mexico—the rate they’d get in states that offer tax incentives. So they accept less to get the jobs.
“I’ve got to offer them 20, 30, 35 whatever percent less because I’m not getting it back from the state,” he said.
He said because the state doesn’t incentivize, the locals basically subsidize.
“What I would say is more unfair is your local business and residents are picking up the slack for the state,” he said.
Patterson said his film will leave about $2.2 million in Tucson through direct spending by the time it wraps here in mid-December. Among other expenses, he’s paying for his time at Old Tucson Studios, extras, carpenters who started work on the sets weeks before principal photography, and his trailer.
In August, Patterson and his associates hosted a preview screening of the first “Hot Bath” at the Fox Theatre. They donated $4,500 in proceeds from ticket sales to help further filming in Arizona.
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Danielle Robay is an entertainment and political news reporter and television host. Watch her interview Jeffery about life, acting and the Hot Bath An’ A Stiff Drink feature films.
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Alexander talks about life as a background actor in the sequel for Hot Bath An’ A Stiff Drink.
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Frankie Muniz, Alison Eastwood and genre everyman Robert Patrick have all signed on to the sequel for Matthew Gratzner’s indie western Hot Bath an’ a Stiff Drink.
Muniz, who suffered a mini-stroke earlier in the week, is in better health now. While the former Malcolm in the Middle star seemed destined for a career in cinema, his last film role in the recent past was in this year’s Syfy Original thriller Blast Vegas.
Eastwood, daughter of Academy Award-winning legend Clint Eastwood, was last seen in this year’s lackluster supernatural thriller Shadow People. She’ll next be seen in the dramatic high school reunion film C.R.U. and the music-themed family film Finding Harmony.
One of the busiest guys in the business, Patrick has already had a full year with roles in films like Gangster Squad, Identity Thief and Lovelace, and on the TV series True Blood and Last Resort. He’ll next be seen in the Allison Burnett drama Undiscovered Gyrl and Michael Cuesta’s true crime drama Kill the Messenger.
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Muniz is portraying a deputy on the project, which is currently shooting in Tucson, Az.
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Matthew Gratzner made his reputation as the visual effects supervisor on blockbuster movies like Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Hugo and The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor. Gratzner continued work on his feature-directing debut Hot Bath an’ a Stiff Drink, an1890s-set western in production through mid-December.
Gratzner added Frankie Muniz (Malcolm in the Middle) and Alison Eastwood (Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil) to an eclectic ensemble cast that includes Don Frye, Tanya Clarke and Grainger Hines. Variety reported that Muniz joined the indie production as a deputy with Eastwood on board as a doctor.
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