Film uses Bowling Green’s City ParkWritten by Matt Liasse | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Bowling Green’s City Park can be seen in the new movie “Porking Mandy.”
Filmmaker Jeremy Cordy, who is from BG, came back to the town to film his feature in May 2012. The movie had its premiere screening June 27 at the Maumee Indoor Theatre.
The movie follows Mandy Rogers, the elected prom queen who was dumped before her big day, attending an anti-prom party with the high school’s outcasts. Cordy said there is no deeper meaning behind the film.
“I actually just wanted to make a movie [as if] a comedian were to tell jokes. This is my way of doing it,” Cordy said. “The way I approached it was I wanted to make a movie that never took itself seriously for a second and even made fun of itself for being that type of high school comedy. It’s more of a satire on teen sex comedies.”
Cordy said he is inspired by movies with “outlandish” comedy, like Kevin Smith’s “Clerks” movies.
“‘Clerks’ didn’t really have a style to it, but the dialogue and the humor to it was almost brutal how funny it was,” Cordy said. “I love outrageous and blunt humor; for some reason that’s always been attractive to me.”
Following the screening, Cordy and partner Nacia Schreiner are making adjustments before sending it to festivals, including Slamdance, SXSW and the Toronto International Film Festival. Cordy said the version screened at the Maumee Indoor was not the final version. He tested reactions of the crowd.
Cordy said he enjoyed returning to Bowling Green to film.
“[In] Bowling Green, everyone was just like me, filled with passion and willing to put it all in,” Cordy said. “In LA, it’s very much like a business. I never could’ve made this movie in Los Angeles with the budget that I had.”
The film’s cast and crew consists of Bowling Green residents, including Dylan Stretchbery, Brendan Coomes, Josh Detamore and Mark Miller. The only cast member from Los Angeles was Kaleigh Macchio, who plays Mandy.
Cordy said the cast and crew were formed mostly by recommendations from Kylie Joy Robinson, a student in BGSU’s theater department. Robinson was hired as a costume designer and knew aspiring actors for the production. Cordy’s younger brother, who is also in the film, got some of his friends involved as well.
“It just kind of snowballed,” Cordy said. “Actually, I just recently found out that the university was a little worried about the production, too. I think some of the teachers at BGSU were actually, ‘Oh, they’re from LA, they are going to take advantage of you’ … I just thought it was funny. No, I’m from Bowling Green. I’m just talking to my friends.”
Even though he was working with mostly friends, and they became closer after the shoot, it was not all fun. The hours were “grueling.”
“Some people had jobs while working 12 hours on our movie,” he said. “They’d go back and they’d work at Kroger or Grounds for Thought.”
Tags: Bowling Green’s City Park, Brendan Coomes, Dylan Stretchbery, Jeremy Cordy, Josh Detamore, Kaleigh Macchio, Kylie Joy Robinson, Mark Miller, Maumee Indoor Theatre, Nacia Schreiner, Porking Mandy