Actor Bill Fichtner ’78 Returns to Brockport for Screening of His Award-Winning Film
Actor and alum Bill Fichtner will present a screening of Cold Brook, filmed in upstate New York, October 1 at 7 pm in the Seymour College Union Ballroom.
Actor Bill Fichtner ’78 is known by many for his performances in blockbuster films Armageddon, The Dark Knight, The Lone Ranger, Black Hawk Down, and Independence Day: Resurgence. Others know him for his long-standing roles on the television series Prison Break and Mom. But before all of the fame that followed his Hollywood career, Fichtner was a member of SUNY Brockport’s graduating class of 1978.
Fichtner returned to upstate New York in 2017 to film a passion project that had been in the works for more than a decade. Cold Brook is the first film Fichtner has written, directed, and produced. He also stars in the film alongside an award-winning ensemble including Kim Coates (Sons of Anarchy) and Harrold Perrineau (Lost).
“It wasn't a matter of choosing upstate New York as a great location; we specifically wrote Cold Brook to take place there,” Fichtner said. “For those of us that have been lucky enough to spend time upstate, we know the beauty of this part of the state. I never wanted to shoot Cold Brook anywhere else.”
Cold Brook is the story of two best friends and maintenance workers at a small college who embark on an extraordinary adventure. It is a story about coming home, a feeling and desire that Fichtner is able to portray through his own experience returning to upstate New York.
“The story of my journey with Cold Brook is not so different than the story of its two protagonists. It’s about friends trusting each other and trusting in a story they believe in,” Fichtner said. “Sometimes it’s all that simple. Surrounding yourself with the people you love, while doing the thing you love most.”
Cold Brook premiered at the Woodstock Film Festival in 2018, where it won the Carpe Diem Andretta Award. Nearly a year after its premiere, Fichtner is ready to come full circle on his journey with Cold Brook as he returns to upstate New York and Brockport for a screening of the film on October 1 at 7 pm in the Seymour College Union, Ballroom.
“I’m thrilled to bring my film to the Brockport community,” Fichtner said. “The experience and journey over these last God-knows-how-many years is very reflective of what I hoped Cold Brook would be. To love, trust, and believe is both the message of the story and the message of how this film itself was made.”