From Mt. Prospect to Cannes and Back Again

Local native Matt Glasson brings his UNromantic, indie film “Love Stalker” to the Portage Theater in Chicago on February 17
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Jan. 24, 2012 - PRLog -- What do you get when you mix a famed zombie maker to an unromantic comedy?  Billy “Silver Dollar” Baxter Presents: “Love Stalker.”  Lensed in the St. Louis metro area, Mt. Prospect native and Columbia College alum Matt Glasson teamed up with his former Columbia classmate, B. Bowls MacLean, to make the feature film “Love Stalker.” Glasson is now bringing their UNromantic comedy home for its Chicago premiere at the Portage Theater (8:00 PM Friday, February 17).

Both Glasson and MacLean will be in attendance for the Q&A following the film. Local writer and award-winning filmmaker Michael G. Smith ( will be on-hand to introduce the film and conduct the Q&A. Please contact the film’s publicist Marla Stoker (Marquee Media and Marketing) if you plan to attend, would like to speak with anyone involved in the film or if you would like a screener copy to review for your outlet.

After seeing an early cut of the film, the late Billy “Silver Dollar” Baxter stepped in to lend his name to the film.  Baxter, a notorious film producer and press agent, made headlines in the business during the 1970’s distributing films like “Love and Anarchy” and “Outrageous!”  But a chance encounter at Cannes led to his zombie immortality when he was brought on to help George A. Romero finish his zombie epic “Dawn of the Dead.” Most recently, Roger Ebert wrote about his relationship with Billy during the Cannes film festivals of the '70s in his memoir, "Life Itself." “Billy got away with it by daring to do it all. It took confidence, timing, nerve, and above all style.”

The filmmakers got an early glimpse of Hollywood glamour and the hustle it takes to get noticed when they took their film to screen in the Marché during the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year.  Backed by Baxter’s reputation, Glasson and Ohliger hit the Marché with their lead actress handing out silver dollars just like Billy did back in the day.  After a whirlwind few days, they headed back to the states with a Cannes screening under their belt, a Variety photo shoot and a mention from GQ magazine…an extremely successful freshman experience for an independent film.

Billy Baxter, who passed away only a month before the screening, had agreed to present “Love Stalker” alongside his Italian-language classic, Lina Wertmüller’s “Love & Anarchy,” as a double-feature for the film’s Chicago premiere event. Prior to the films playing that evening, a short interview with Billy “Silver Dollar” Baxter will be presented for the audience.

“We are very sad to have lost an authentic legend from a bygone era of show business,” says Glasson, “Billy was a real character and his spirit will be missed.  It’s unfortunate that we have to present this double-feature in memoriam of the man, but in some ways it’s a fitting tribute to showcase these films as bookends to his many accomplishments in the movie business.”

“Love Stalker” officially premiered in November at the  St. Louis International Film Festival
in November, a standing-room only event. The team is thrilled to be bringing the film to sweet home Chicago on Friday, February 17.  Occurring only three days after Valentine’s Day, it’s a fittingly unromantic double-bill of films that tackle the tenuous balance of love & obsession.

“I can’t wait to share the film with my hometown,” says Glasson, “I have wanted to make movies since I was a freshman at Prospect High back in ‘89. ‘Love Stalker’ is the culmination of years of experience from working in the film industry while trying to figure out a way to make a film on my own.”

“’LOVE STALKER’ is a prime example of micro-budget independent cinema at its best. It’s stylish, well-written, hip, and quite funny.” (Tom Stockman, We Are Movie Geeks).

“Love Stalker” is the story of a sex-obsessed, bar-hopping player named Pete (Glasson) who lives to “play the game” and bed as many women as possible in a quest to reach his "golden number." Things change for him once he meets Stephanie (Rachel Chapman), a web-savvy relationship blogger, and the two begin to get romantic. However, when she discovers the extent of his player ways, she abruptly ends the relationship. Devastated, Pete then tries to win her back, but in all the wrong ways.

“Love & Anarchy,” the acclaimed 1973 drama from Lina Wertmüller, stars a young, freckled-face Giancarlo Giannini as a simple peasant chosen to assassinate Mussolini at the dictator’s height of power in the early 1930’s. Giannini received the “Best Actor” award at the Cannes Film Festival for his performance, and Lina Wertmüller went on to direct Giannini again in the critically acclaimed (and badly remade) “Swept Away” (1975) before becoming the first woman ever to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Direction with her film “Seven Beauties” (1977). The screening on February 17 will be projected using an original 16mm print from Mr. Baxter’s personal archives.

Billy Baxter presents an UNromantic Double-Feature…
Love Stalker @ 8 PM*
Love & Anarchy @ 10 PM
The Portage Theater
4050 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60641
*Directors in attendance for Q&A following the film

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