90th Academy Awards - Press Room

Presenter Laura Dern, center, poses with Dan Cogan, left, and Bryan Fogel, right, winners of the award for best documentary feature for "Icarus" in the press room at the Oscars on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Cal City's Harry Locke worked on the documentary, coming a long way from his T.F. North days.

Well, should I have seen it coming?

Back in 2008 I wrote a column about the world premiere of “Noir”, a feature length, homemade move by Power Trio Studios – Independent Production Studio.

Theoperation consisted of my son, Dan, and his high school buddies Harry Locke IV and Walter Banasiak -- TF North class of 2007. The “studio” was usually one or the other of the guy’s (parents) houses, and wherever else they could get away shooting.

The “premiere” was held at the TF North gym... the old one. But there was a red carpet, even if it was a roll of red construction paper. Oh, and my wife wore Kohl’s for the carpet walk. I wore Target (they were still in Cal City then).

Anyway, the boys made one more feature together, another tense thriller called “I’m Still Here”.

College saw them get together periodically, but less and less.

Harry Locke (IV) went on to Ohio State and was accepted and graduated from Southern Cal’s film school, perhaps the world’s most prestigious.

Harry’s been in LA for some time now working in the film industry. He was the online editor for a documentary about the Russian doping scandal surrounding the Olympics – “Icarus.”

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If you’re a thorough fan of the Oscars, you may know “Icarus” won the award for best documentary this year.

And “voila” Calumet City has its first Oscar winner.

Walter Banasiak has stayed local, but he too is in the entertainment business. His Top Five show where he lists the top five best or worst performances of various film notables -- including himself -- has an audience. His YouTube show, known as Channel Awesome, has just passed the thousand viewer threshold. Who knows? Cal City’s first Emmy?

The last member of the triumvirate, my son, Dan, is in Denver working at a residence facility for kids with issues. But he keeps up with his art, he has a BFA…and who knows??


I’ll be hosting a Trivia Nite Out at St. Victor church hall, 553 Hirsch, in Cal City. It’s April 7 at 7:30 p.m. Always a good time and a benefit for the church. Contact me for details.

Thanks for reading.