The new movie SWING AWAY, filmed on the island of Rhodes, premieres this month in Chicago and select cities around the U.S. Find out if it will be in your town.
SWING AWAY to premiere in select U.S. cities
SWING AWAY, created and produced by George Elias Stephanopoulos and directed by Michael Achilles Nickles, will premiere in select U.S. cities this month as part of a limited theatrical release. Set in Crete, the film stars John O’Hurley and Shannon Elizabeth.
About SWING AWAY
Following a meltdown that leads to a suspension, professional golfer Zoe Papadopoulos travels to her grandparents’ village in Greece to escape the harsh spotlight of the international sports world. Between baking bread and eating baklava, she meets and mentors a ten-year-old girl who is determined – against all odds – to become the next golf sensation. Along the way, Zoe rediscovers her Greek heritage, her love of the game, and the hidden strength within herself as she inspires the townspeople in an epic showdown against a greedy American developer. The family-oriented film/comedy, filmed in Greece, is rated PG.
Michael spoke to aREVIEWlution about filming in Greece.
“It was literally a dream come true. I have always wanted to direct a film in Greece, as I have roots there (both sets of my grandparents are from there) and am proud of my heritage. When I first visited the country as a kid, I had the strange sensation that I had come ‘home.’ All of my trips to Greece since then have had a tremendous impact on me and I wanted to one day honor that in a film. SWING AWAY gave me that opportunity and I will always be grateful to George and his producing partner, Tom Hiotis, for inviting me to join the team.”
“Swing Away” to bring joy and unity
“Swing Away” is a golf term that means to hit the ball with ease and freedom. It also serves as a useful metaphor meaning it’s only in following the yearnings of our true self (like Stella does) or in rediscovering them again (like Zoe) that allows the universe, or golf gods in this case, to conspire to bring joy and unity into our lives. And it’s only through comedy that this theme can be adequately expressed in order to remind each of us to “swing away” in our own lives.
SWING AWAY is getting rave reviews, and has already garnered several awards. The film won 3 awards at the Bridges International Film Festival in Nafplio, Greece. Shannon Elizabeth won for Best Leading Actress in a Feature Film, Viktoria Miller won for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Feature Film, and Yiannis Daskalothanasis won for Best Cinematography in a Feature Film. Director Michael Achilles Nickles was honored with the Veteran’s Award at the Cyprus International Film Festival.
Additionally, the movie has been accepted into the Cyprus International Film Festival, the New York City Film Festival, and the Savannah Film Festival. It was also an Official Selection in World Premiere at 2016 Bentonville Film Festival.
SWING AWAY will premiere in several U.S. cities this month. Here’s the schedule.
Chicago, IL – Pickwick Theatre, Thursday, March 9 at 7pm
Boston, MA – Somerville Theatre, Thursday, March 14 at 7pm
SLC, Utah – Megaplex Theaters, Sunday, March 19 at 4pm
Houston, TX – Edwards Marq’E Stadium 23 & IMAX, Tuesday, March 21 at 7pm
Silver Spring, MD (near WDC) – Regal Majestic Stadium 20 & IMAX , Thursday, March 23 at 7pm
Atlanta, GA – UA Tara Cinemas 4, Sunday, March 26 at 4pm
Portland, OR – Regal Lloyd Center 10 & IMAX, Wednesday, March 29 at 7pm
Creator and Producer George Stephanopoulos will appear at the screenings for Q&A, along with various members of the production team.
SWING AWAY has been called “A Love Affair With Greece”, “A film about heart, soul, going for it”, and “A sports comedy with heart and romance”.
Don’t miss SWING AWAY! Tickets are available for purchase online and at the respective theater box offices. In Chicago, special group rates are available for groups of 20 or more. Call the Pickwick Theater box office at 847.825.5800 for details. We’ll see you there!