Want to see 'Trading Paint'? Head to iTunes on Friday
By Mary Colurso
February 21, 2019
“Trading Paint,” a racing movie that was mostly filmed in Alabama, is set for release on Friday, but it’s unclear if or when audiences will be able to see it in theaters here.
The movie will be released to ultra VOD (video on demand) on Feb. 22, and can be seen on iTunes, according to the Instagram page for Saban Films. A limited release is planned for theaters on March 22, along with on-demand services. There’s no information yet on how many theaters will screen the film in March, or where those theaters will be.
Movie lovers in the state will have to adopt a wait-and-see attitude if they want the big-screen experience. Actually, they’ve been waiting since “Trading Paint” completed its principal photography in the Birmingham metro area in August and September 2017.
John Travolta stars in the movie, which filmed at Talladega Short Track in Eastaboga and various locations in Hueytown, Hoover, Bessemer and elsewhere in the Birmingham metro area. Travolta portrays a veteran dirt-track driver who has a tense relationship with his son, an ambitious driver played by Toby Sebastian, best known as Trystane Martell on HBO’s “Game of Thrones."
Here’s the storyline of “Trading Paint,” according to IMDB:
“When their winning streak begins to fail, legendary father and son racing duo Sam (John Travolta) and Cam (Toby Sebastian) have a falling out. A rival racing giant takes advantage of this rift and offers Cam a lucrative opportunity racing for the adversary. Cam accepts and the gap between father and son grows even bigger. Engines rev and sparks fly as the two are set against each other in an ultimate high stakes race and the most dangerous competition between father and son.”
The cast also includes Shania Twain, Michael Madsen and Kevin Dunn. Extras and background actors from Alabama were hired for the filming, and Scott Daniel of Hueytown was among the crew members, working as a graphic designer for the production.
Originally, “Trading Paint” was set for release in June 2018, but that date was pushed back to 2019. A trailer for the film was released in January.
Some independent film companies have been using ultra VOD -- that is, releasing their projects online first-- to market their movies and create buzz before the theatrical release dates.
The movie was directed by Karzan Kader and written by Gary Gerani and Craig R. Welch.
Travolta returned to the Birmingham area in 2018 for the filming of “Moose,” a thriller directed and co-written by Fred Durst, the former Limp Bizkit frontman. One of the producers for “Trading Paint,” Oscar Generale, also was a producer for “Moose.”
“Since when I have arrived in Alabama, I felt a super positive energy here; places are amazing!” Generale told AL.com in a 2018 email interview. “I love the people here. I love the restaurants, too. The choice of filming 'Trading Paint’ and ‘Moose’ here is because of the perfect locations you can find.”