Shamrock Spotlight: Dave Misiewicz '91

On June 18, 2021 No Sudden Move debuted in movie theatres and on HBO Max across the United States. The movie is set in 1950s Detroit and was filmed here, in the Motor City, in the Fall of 2020. The film also has a connection to Catholic Central. Shamrock alum and former lacrosse coach, Dave Misiewicz ‘91 is a supporting character in the film.

Craig McMichael ‘01 sat down with Dave to learn more about the film and what he has been up to in the 30 years since he graduated Catholic Central.  Here are a few highlights of the interview. 

The film was directed by Steven Soderbergh (Ocean's Eleven, Erin Brockovich) and stars Don Cheadle, Benicio Del Toro, Jon Hamm, and David Harbor. I asked Dave what he learned from working with some of the who's who of Hollywood.

“It happened so fast. It was nice to watch it all play out, to see how all of the behind the scenes intricacies made the on-screen stuff happen...It was interesting being around those guys, to be in the scenes and watch what they are doing, and pull you into that personally.” 

So how does a guy from Catholic Central end up in the movies? After graduating from Eastern Michigan University, Dave moved out to Chicago and then later Los Angeles where he worked at The Comedy Store. It was there, he was able to watch, learn, and hone his standup skills. 

In 2010, he returned home to Detroit to continue doing voice overs, commercials, and a few small films. To land the part as Brian Atkinson in the film, Dave said “he was at the right place at the right time and it was the right character.”

Catholic Central currently offers three years of Cinema Production as well as creative courses like Photoshop, Graphic Design, and Broadcast news. I asked Dave if he had any advice for those Shamrocks who may want to follow in his creative path professionally. 

“Create. Watch all the stuff, even the stuff you didn’t grow up watching. You can innovate on what’s there. Stay true to yourself and tell your story. Don’t let anyone tell you can’t and don’t throw any idea away.” 

In September, Dave and the class of 1991 will be celebrating their 30th Reunion. I asked him to share the impact Catholic Central has had on his life and one of his favorite memories from his time at CC. 

“The foundation of Goodness, Discipline, and Knowledge has provided a home base to come back to and has been integral to allow me to participate fully in my life. We’ve lost a number of guys from our class. The reunion is going to be a special time. To be able to get together face-to-face and share some of our experiences and memories.” 

As a student, he reminisced about how his class came together as one during Boys’ Bowl. 

“One of my favorite memories was driving out to Wisner Stadium to watch the Boys’ Bowl and be part of the Monogram Club. Supporting the athletic teams, and everybody having a part in that. Which is really cool. We may have had our cliques, but everybody did a great job during our year to make it a completely encompassing experience.”

Catch Dave Misiewicz in No Sudden Move in theatres or on HBO Max now. 
“Teach Me Goodness, Discipline, and Knowledge” is the motto of the Basilian Fathers and the sacred mission of Catholic Central High School. For ninety years, the graduates of Catholic Central have made a positive impact locally, nationally, and around the world.