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Former Hadfield teacher, student have ties to Indie film

By SARAH PRYOR - TimeOut Staff

October 3, 2013

WAUKESHA - Former Hadfield Elementary School teacher Matthew Nichols’ favorite part of acting is stepping into another character’s life. That’s why he retired last year after 18 years of teaching to pursue film full time.

“You just have to find that one thing you love to do, and then find a way to do it,” Nichols said. “I used to do print and film in the summers to make extra money, but I decided last year to turn it into a full-time career.”

Serendipitously, one of Nichols’ former fifth-grade students, Christopher Carson Emmons, reconnected with Nichols a year ago and told him about a film he’s directing called “Serial Daters Anonymous,” which filmed in Milwaukee last month.

Scottish actress Louise Linton and Milwaukee’s own Sam Page play the main characters in the romantic comedy, according to a press release. Linton has just completed the lead role in the psychological thriller “Intruder,” and Page is completing filming for this season of “House of Cards.”

The film is billed as a romantic comedy, according to this promo:

“Upon discovering her fiancŽ cheated, a witty, driven fashion columnist (Linton) jilts her husband-to-be at the altar and goes on a retaliatory dating streak to avenge the city’s women and give men their comeuppance! But when she runs into her first love (Page), will he ignite the fire or put out the flames?”

Nichols plays Donald Taylor, a straight-laced, professional newspaper editor who hires and interviews Page’s character.

“Donald Taylor is a people-person who’s friendly but business-oriented,” said Nichols, who has been filming scenes around Milwaukee for the past two weeks. “I love the opportunity to bring to life some creative characters that I don’t normally get to be.”

Nichols might be starting an acting dynasty - his 14-year-old son Seth, a Waukesha West High School student, also loves to act ,just like his dad.

Nichols’ advice for anyone else considering stepping off the corporate ladder to follow their dreams like him?

“Research it and find out everything you can about it and follow those dreams,” Nichols said. “You don’t want to be 57 and retiring and saying ‘I wish I would have.’”