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Locally produced film ‘Only a Buck’ returns to Garland Theater

Charlie Schmidt and Sally Riddle in a scene from “Only a Buck.”
Charlie Schmidt and Sally Riddle in a scene from “Only a Buck.”

See if you can follow along: “Only a Buck” is a movie about a TV station camera man who wants to quit his job to make a movie about a TV station camera man who wants to quit his job to make a movie.

Still with me?

It’s OK if you’re not.

In a 1989 review in the Chicago-Sun Times, Lynn Voedisch wrote the film was “too weird for mainstream Hollywood. But it’s perfect cult fare – and there’s always room for another well-made party video.”

The locally produced feature film, starring Charlie Schmidt (of Keyboard Cat fame) and Sally Riddle and directed by Gerry Cook, premiered at the Garland Theater in 1986.

The film was shown at the Independent Film Project, Robert Redford’s Park City Festival and the L.A. Film Festival.

More than 30 years later, “Only a Buck” is returning to the Garland for a one-night-only reunion screening.

Schmidt said he’s seeking investors and distribution offers, and that the crew’s original offer still stands.

“If you invest, we will reshoot a scene with YOU in it!” he wrote in a press release.


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