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Film Locations​​

  • The Board Room Restaurant in Downtown Toledo. Since the completion of the movie, The Board Room has had a couple of different owners and is now known as My Brothers Place, an upscale urban restaurant and bar. It is also the home of a stand-up comedy venue known as the LOL Lounge. 
  • David's House Compassion in Central Toledo. We spent two weeks shooting at this AIDS/HIV Center . David's House is another victim of the times and no longer exists in this location as an AIDS outreach facility.
  • Service Spring Corporation in Millbury, Ohio.  Service Spring is one of the businesses owned by our executive producer, Mike McAlear, and is a leading manufacturer of garage door springs and drain augers.
  • Fifth Third Field in Downtown Toledo. Before it was an official baseball field, we were lucky enough to be allowed to shoot there while the field was under construction. In 2004, this stadium was chosen by Newsweek magazine as the top minor league baseball stadium in the country.
  • The Heatherdowns Rehabilitation Hospital on Cass Road in South Toledo. This was used as our hospital setting.
  • The Oregon Recreation Center ball fields in Oregon, Ohio was our location for the high school baseball game scene.

Film Locations

  • Toledo Lucas County Courthouse in Downtown Toledo. We used Judge James Bates' courtroom and the exterior hallway leading to his courtroom. This location was arranged for us by one of our executive producers, Mike Bonfiglio.
  •  NAPA Auto Parts, Main Street in East Toledo.
  • Rosie's Pizza on Heatherdowns Boulevard in South Toledo. Rosie's Pizza still exists in Toledo (and is delicious) but no longer occupies this location.
  • Boogie Records in the Westgate Shopping Center in West Toledo.v Sadly, the beloved Boogie Records, long a music mecca in Toledo, has closed, in part due to competition from the big box stores.
  • The alley behind the Spitzer Building between Madison and Jackson Streets in Downtown Toledo. Every time I drove or walked past this picturesque alley, I knew that I wanted to use it in a film. This very alley was used recently by a student film crew from the film department of Bowling Green State University for a film called "Hacked". The director of "Strangers" acted as a location scout for this BGSU film and was able to obtain the alley for that crew.
  • Ralphie's Sportz Eatery in Perrysburg, Ohio.  Ralphie's is a great sports bar with several locations in the northwest Ohio area. A longtime friend of the director works for the company that owns Ralphie's and made it possible for our cast and crew to spend two nights shooting at this location.
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Film Music
Music is an important part of just about any film project. Much can be conveyed by the music chosen to underscore a scene. Sometimes no music in a scene can be used to equal effect. In The Company Of Strangers was blessed with music from two different groups and one individual artist. Each of these contributors did so without financial compensation. Like true independent filmmaking associates, they all agreed to wait for their reward upon the sale of the project. I cannot express fully my appreciation to these fine artists for their wonderful contribution.

  • Celtibillies is a band out of Roanoke, Virginia which provided the lion's share of the music heard under many of scenes in the movie. Their brand of Celtic / Appalachian / old time music was the perfect fit for this movie. I first heard the Celtibillies because my sister is married to the banjo player. Both he and my sister also help me creatively by reading and providing notes for my screenplays. I had always said that I wanted to use their music because of its moving and evocotive nature.
  • The Celtibillies also performed at the first screening of ...Strangers in Toledo at the Valentine Theatre on November 3, 2001.
  • Celtibillies are Jack Hinshelwood on fiddle,guitar and vocals; Becky Barlow on hammered dulcimer, bodhran, bass, egg, keyboards, and vocals; Tim Sauls on banjo, bouzouki, guitar and vocals; and Jeff Hofmann on upright bass.
  • In the summer of 2003, Celtibillies performed as part of the Smithsonian Folk Life Festival in Washington DC. This multi-national event was sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution and drew folk musicians from all around the world.
  • Celtibillies can also be heard occasionally on the NPR radio program Thistle and Shamrock hosted by Fiona Ritchie. Click here for a brief mention of Celtibillies in an NPR teaser.
  • Music for the movie can be heard on their three releases, Come Sing and Dance, Greenwoodside, and The Shoemaker's Child, all available through Zygoat Records via their website www.celtibillies.com and through Amazon.com. 

  • BadMonkey was introduced to me by a friend in the advertising business. He lent me their self-titled CD and although I liked the entire disc, I particularly fell in love with two cuts, Real Love and Radio. In one of those "small world" instances, I learned that the front man for BadMonkey is the brother of a guy I used to do stand-up with, I attended a portion of my high school years with another member and a third member is a guy I met through the company that did our post production sound.
  • BadMonkey was Rick Nease on lead vocals and guitar, Richard Lange on lead guitar, Jim Foltz on bass and vocals, Dan Schroeder on keyboards and vocals, and Bill Lenhart on drums and percussion.
  • BadMonkey is no longer performing together but you can find information about The Rick Nease Band at RickNease.com. He continues to make great music and I suggest you check it out.

  • Tony Zsigray and I go back a long way. We were pals in high school and roommates for a brief period in college. We remained friends and when I needed incidental music for many of my scenes, Tony was my first choice. He found time in his elementary school music teaching career to provide all of the incidental music for the movie. I was amazed at how well he was able to capture the essence of the Celtic music and provide a moving soundtrack to the film. There are two scenes in particular that I find very moving and it is in good part due to his understated yet sensitive application of music. Tony can be heard every Sunday as the Musical Director for St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Toledo, Ohio.

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