Warren Gerds column: Film fever was fun while it lasted in Wisconsin | greenbaypressgazette.com | Green Bay Press-Gazette

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The crowd adored “Feed the Fish” as it played out Sunday at the Meyer Theatre.

Folks gave the romantic comedy movie a standing ovation at the free screening in downtown Green Bay

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The movie was shot last year primarily in Door County thanks to the impetus of two Green Bay natives, executive producer and actor Tony Shalhoub and writer and director Michael Matzdorff.

That “Feed the Fish” got made is due in large part to the Wisconsin tax incentive program.

Unfortunately, the program was slashed after the economy tanked. Don’t look for many more films to be made around here.

The star of TV’s “Monk,” Shalhoub stirred excitement, and a news conference with him and Matzdorff had more genuine moments than most such events. Shalhoub was flabbergasted to hear that grade school classmates of his were part of the crowd lined up outside.

He also reflected.

“To come back to Wisconsin, to Door County, for a week or even a few days a year, somehow you just got replenished. That’s sort of integral to this story, certainly integral to our experience of our lives and our family. This movie is a bit of an homage to that.”

Many people don’t know that Tony Shaloub’s family has ties to Door County. Many Ellison Bay residents, including many Ellison Bay Arts members were participants of this venture. ‘Feed the Fish’.

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