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Contact: Duncan Crary, 518-274-2723

Faith-based Film Starring Capital Region Producer to Screen at Crossgates

“Old Fashioned” Promotes Marriage Before Sex, Stars Bethlehem Resident Nini Hadjis

ALBANY, N.Y. (2/4/15) — The faith-based indie film “Old Fashioned” is coming to Crossgates Regal Cinemas on Valentine’s weekend during its nationwide opening.

Old Fashioned movie posterOld fashioned is the story of a former frat boy and a free-spirited woman who, together, attempt the impossible: an “old-fashioned” courtship in contemporary America. Though both characters were sexually active in their past, they are now attempting a chaste courtship.

“The storyline of waiting until marriage to have sex is something I have always believed in and appreciated,” said Nini Hadjis, a 43-year old Lake Placid native and University at Albany graduate who lives in Bethlehem. “I actually appeared on the New Ricki Lake Show to talk about this topic and shared that I am waiting until marriage. Of course I thought I’d be married in my 20’s.”

The New Ricki Lake episode featuring Hadjis was titled “Virginity 2.0” and was originally broadcast in 2012.

A romantic-drama, “Old Fashioned” centers on Clay Walsh, a former frat boy who gives up his reckless carousing and now runs an antique shop in a small Midwestern college town. There, he has become notorious for his lofty and outdated theories on love and romance as well as for his devout belief in God. When Amber Hewson, a free-spirited young woman with a restless soul, drifts into the area and rents the apartment above his shop, she finds herself surprisingly drawn to his strong faith and noble ideas, which are new and intriguing to her. And Clay, though he tries to fight and deny it, simply cannot resist being attracted to her spontaneous and passionate embrace of life. Ultimately, Clay must step out from behind his relational theories and Amber must overcome her own fears and deep wounds as the two of them, together, attempt the impossible: an “old-fashioned” and God-honoring courtship in contemporary America.

Hadjis plays “Lisa.” She is also producer of the film, which is written, directed and acted by Rik Swartzwelder. It was filmed in Tuscarawas County, Ohio, the place where Swartzwelder grew up.

Nini Hadjis on the set of 'Old Fashioned'

This is not the first time the two have worked together. In 2001, Hadjis co-produced a short film with Swartzwelder and they were set to make this feature following the short.

“Because of the tragedy of September 11th and other things, it was put on hold. When Rik secured financing for the film in 2011, I drove cross country from LA to Ohio to join in the pre-production,” Hadjis said. “I have always believed in Rik and his vision and the story of Old Fashioned romance.”

The Christian finance firm behind “Old Fashioned” was also responsible for “God’s Not Dead” and “Heaven Is for Real.”


Crossgates Regal Cinemas
Feb. 13 – 19 *
12:50 p.m., 3:50 p.m., 6:50 p.m, 9:50 p.m

* Run will be extended with strong opening weekend numbers.


According to a survey and analysis by the Barna Group, Albany, N.Y. tops the chart as the most “post-Christian” city in a national ranking. The research company bills itself as “a leading research organization focused on the intersection of faith and culture.”

Hadjis, a parishioner at St. Stephen’s Episcopal, believes there’s a market for faith-based films in Albany.

“We’re already pre-selling tickets, and people have told me they’re happy to have a movie like this coming here,” Hadjis said. “I think there are many more Christian faith-based people here than people realize. There is a Christian base, but they’re maybe not as outspoken.”


Old Fashioned movie posterA question and answer session with Nini Hadjis will be held at St. Stephen’s Episcopal, 16 Elsmere Ave., in Delmar on Friday, Feb. 20 at 7 p.m.

The session is sponsored by The Albany Episcopal Diocese, St. Stephen’s Episcopal of Delmar, and Grace Fellowship of Latham.


Nini Hadjis grew up in Lake Placid and received a bachelor’s in Theatre from University at Albany and a master’s in fine art from American University Washington, DC. She is currently back in the Albany area after several years working in film in Los Angeles.

“Old Fashioned” marks her acting debut in a feature film. She was a co-producer on the short film, “The Least of These.” Previously she was on the production team of The New Ricki Lake Show and before that worked for Fox Studios and Sobini Films (within Lionsgate).

Before moving from Lake Placid to Los Angeles, Hadjis was the associate director of the Lake Placid Film Festival.


For more information, visit:

“Old Fashioned” movie imdb page.

Nini Hadjis imdb page.


For a headshot of Nini Hadjis, movie posters and stills from the movie set, visit:



Contact: Duncan Crary, 518-274-2723