CLEVELAND - The opening night film at the 37th annual Cleveland International Film Festival may look like a home movie because it was shot entirely in the Cleveland area.
“The Kings of Summer”, from local producer Tyler Davidson, is a coming-of-age story about three teenagers who escape the troubles of their lives by building a house in the woods during their summer vacation. Some scenes were shot in Warrensville Heights and Chagrin Falls.
Another recent film by the 38-year-old Davidson, “Take Shelter” was also shot in northeast Ohio.
“The Kings of Summer” will be released nationally by CBS Films this June after having its international debut in January at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival.
At a Greater Cleveland Film Commission gathering recently, Davidson talked about his new film and the prestige of the Cleveland festival.
“One of the gems of the city and not really a best kept secret anymore,” Davidson said of the festival. “It’s really highly regarded around the country, one of the best there is, so I can't wait to screen there.”
A side effect for Davidson of having a successful film shot in Cleveland is the ability to show our city and what it offers to others in the film industry.
“When people from all over the world see that film and admire the wonderful locations and the craftsmanship that went into behind the scenes, it’s a lot of fun for me to say that happened here’” he said. ” I think that helps to bring other projects to the area as well.”
Produced by Davidson's Low Spark Films,“The Kings of Summer” is directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts. It shows at 7 p.m. on April 3. The festival runs April 3 to April 14 at Tower City Cinemas.
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