Rosenbaum returns to film comedy
Michael Rosenbaum has returned home for the premier of his independent film, Back in the Day, which he shot in 2013.
The premiere is on Thursday, Jan. 9 at Showplace Cinemas in Newburgh.
The movie will be available to the public on Friday, Jan. 10 at local theaters, with a national rollout to follow on Jan. 17. The movie is also available on Video on Demand.
The film follows the story of Jim Owens, played by writer/director Rosenbaum, as he heads back home for his high school reunion in an attempt to relive his glory days.
The comedy depicts many local locations, such as Castle High School and Green River Road, as well as many characters that are based off of people that Rosenbaum grew up around.
Rosenbaum is a 1990 graduate of Castle High School and is best known for his work as Lex Luthor on the Superman-inspired television series, Smallville.
He has also performed on Breaking In and has provided voice work for the Flash in the DC animated universe.
The movie also stars Morena Baccarin (Homeland, V), Nick Swardson (Pretend Time, 30 Minutes or Less) and Harland Williams (Dumb and Dumber, Half-Baked).
Rosenbaum, who lives in Los Angeles, said he gets the chance to come back to his Newburgh home at least twice a year.
“I like going back,” he said. “Everything slows down for a bit. I really enjoy it. There’s just something that always calls me back.”
And that is exactly why Rosenbaum said he decided to film Back in the Day here.
“In my heart, I always dream of raising a family in Indiana,” he said. “Everyone wishes they can live in (L.A.), but I miss the seasons.”
Whether it was working at a local go-kart track or sneaking through the back yards of South Broadview, Rosenbaum said Newburgh is home and just feels right.
He explained that he could have shot the movie in L.A. for much cheaper than the cost of flying the cast and crew out to Indiana, but he wanted the authenticity of Newburgh.
“I want where we play wiffle ball to look like where we play wiffle ball,” said Rosenbaum. “I want my high school to look like my high school. (The cast and crew from L.A.) all came because they knew they were making a fun, passion project.”
He said that if this is the last movie he ever makes that he will be happy that he made it where he grew up.
Rosenbaum credited the generosity of the community that helped make the movie possible.
“Ultimately, I just want to thank everybody in Evansville and Newburgh… it couldn’t have been done without the community,” he said. “I just hope that people, instead of going to see one of these Oscar movies, they go to see this little, funny indie that they’re going to get some great laughs at.”