After 16 years in Los Angeles, writer, producer and actor David Hirsch returned to his hometown of Birmingham with an impressive breadth of work, and he found that Hollywood followed him home.
"It's a little different here than Los Angeles because there aren't as many roles," said Hirsch. "But since this film incentive has come, they've been shooting a lot of motion pictures in town and I've been able to explore this again."
Hirsch wrapped the movie "Another Happy Day" in Rochester this past September.
"The film was directed by Sam Levinson and stars Demi Moore," said Hirsch. "That was a great opportunity and a great cast." The all-star cast also includes actors Kate Bosworth, Ellen Barkin, George Kennedy, Ellen Burstyn, Ezra Miller and Thomas Haden Church. "I play Ellen Barkin's brother-in-law. Three generations of a family come together for a wedding."
The film, which doesn't yet have a release date, premiered at Sundance Film Festival in January and Hirsch was in attendance. "It's been really exciting," he said.
While Hirsch said his knack for performing was evident early on when he worked on the radio show at his alma mater, Seaholm High School, his career in acting was serendipitous. Upon graduating from Michigan State University with a concentration in telecommunications, Hirsch departed for California, where he initially worked as a writer and producer.
"I got my first television job working for Dick Clark on Dick Clark Productions," he said. "I was working there as a writer at the time and I kind of fell into (acting). The first job I got in front of the camera was replacing Dick Clark on American Bandstand." Hirsch went on to appear in "Days of Our Lives" and "The Practice," a legal drama, but eventually found that he was ready to return to his midwestern roots to embark on a new chapter in his life as husband and father.
"Being back in Birmingham after so many years has been great," he said. "I'm a producer and I have a creative shop in Birmingham called Lean Creative," said Hirsch. "I write and produce for television and commercials. I just completed two different shows for the Discovery Channel."
Additionally, Hirsch has produced Noodlebug, a line of DVDs and children's books.
"It's a lot of different things to juggle," he said. "But the great thing about working for yourself is that you can balance your time, hours and the projects that you take."
While Hirsch said that his main focus is writing and producing, he hopes the state government will continue to see the value in offering the film industry incentives to film in Michigan....continued on page 2