NEW YORK — An unusual indie pic toplining Christopher Plummer and Robert Wagner called “Man in the Chair” wrapped after five weeks mid-December and is looking for a theatrical distributor. The $2 million feature was written and directed by Michael Schroeder (“Cyborg 11”), who also is co-producing under his Elbow Grease Prods. Randy Turrow is the other producer.
Storyline revolves around a group of retired filmmakers at the so-called Motion Picture Home for the Aged who relive their lives on the set by helping a young director make a short for a contest that would enable him to go to film school.
The former actors and crew who appear in the movie include Connie Sawyer (“True Grit,” “Studio One”) and Jack Ackerman (a propmaster on “The Wizard of Oz”). They are residents of the Motion Picture Home in Woodland Hills.
The real-life crew on the movie were so moved by Ackerman’s background and enthusiasm that they bought him his own director’s chair.