LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Veteran film producer Jainardhan Sathyan takes on the politics and drama of figure skating in the new film “Ice: The Movie,” now streaming on Amazon.
“There were many challenges over a period of two years for the production which had a different crew for different locations and mixed types of cameras and equipment used for filming. But all the performances were shot in large empty stadiums without any crowds, so we had hundreds of visual effects shots were tough and tricky,” Sathyan said.
Directed by Peter Paul Basler, the film is based upon the true story of figure skater Maddison Bullock, who portrays the lead character, Bailey Grantham, and who also wrote and served as executive producer of the film. The movie tells the story of single father Nick Grantham (Patrick O’Brien Demsey) who is approached by a famed Russian figure skating coach (Michael Monks) with the opportunity to train his only daughter Bailey (Bullock) alongside skating prodigy Peyton Shaw (Lisa Mihelich) for a shot at figure skating’s ultimate prize.
“The strongest message of the movie was how sports teaches you how to overcome adversities,” Sathyan said. “But there’s also the parallel themes highlighting the importance of a ‘mentor-mentee’ relationship and the importance of family support on your path to success.”
“Ice: The Movie” arrives to Amazon having been voted among the top 10 ice skating movies by a poll of fans by U.S. Figure Skating, the sport’s ruling body in the U.S.
The film is the newest for Sathyan whose work includes such films as “The Matchmaker’s Playbook,” “The Trouble with Mistletoe,” “God’s Club” and many others.
“My first film project in Hollywood was Harvey’s Dream, based on the legendary author Stephen King’s story,” he said. “I produced and directed it and the movie won more than 25 awards globally at various international film festivals.”
Meanwhile, Sathyan is today producing the pilot for the proposed series “Black Kung Fu Chick,” as well as working on developing other film projects.
For more information on Sathyan, follow him on Facebook at www.facebook.com/sathyan.jainardhan and follow the film’s lead actors on Twitter:
Maddison Bullock @MaddiBullock
Lisa Mihelich @LisaBelle
Patrick O’Brien Demsey @PatrickODemsey.