The upcoming anthology film Cleveland, I Love You features 11 short love stories set in Cleveland. All of the movies were filmed by local directors, and, except for one of the shorts, they star Clevelanders. The movie won't premiere until later this year or sometime in early 2013, but at the "Cleveland, We Love You: A Celebration of Cleveland Film" event at the Capitol Theatre next week — which includes a bunch of short films from Cleveland, I Love You's six directors — the producers will unveil the trailer. Most of the filmmakers will be on hand to talk about their movies. Here's a rundown of the 11 shorts included in Cleveland, I Love You.
Eric Swinderman — a co—founder of the production company behind Cleveland, I Love You — wrote and directs this story about a young boy coming to terms with his mother's death. He meets a doctor who's also going through some major life changes. Parts of the film were shot at the MetroHealth Medical Center and the Statler Arms apartments. Former Cuyahoga County commissioner Peter Lawson Jones co-stars.
"I @#$% Love Cleveland"
Jamie Babbit, whose long list of credits include the indie hit But I'm a Cheerleader as well as some episodes of Gilmore Girls, directs this short (written by Karey Dornetto, recently nominated for an Emmy for her work on Portlandia) starring Cougar Town's Busy Philipps as a recovering addict who returns to Cleveland to work with her sister, played by Community's Gillian Jacobs. "It was a great treat working with these people," says Mark Pengryn, who co-produced Cleveland, I Love You with Swinderman.
"Love Thy Neighbor"
A lonely man hooks up with an older woman in this story written by Dan Sanek and directed by Swinderman. Look for Lakewood's Parkview Manor apartments and the Discount Drug Mart in Highland Heights.
"Love of Country"
Amy Tankersley Swinderman directs Robert Mason's story about a young man dealing with the death of his brother, who was killed in the war. Channel 5's Leon Bibb (who also hosts the event on September 6) stars. "It's pretty involved," says Pengryn. "There are lots of locations and flashbacks."
A perfect date (at Trivs in Strongsville) takes a turn for the worst when a mysterious guy reveals the man's kinda sleazy past. Channel 3's Robin Swoboda co-stars. Eric Swinderman wrote the story; Sage O'Bryant directs.
"Book of Love"
Lakewood Public Library serves as the backdrop of this love story about a young couple that uses the scenery to fuel their budding romance. Robert Banks directs from a script penned by Robert Mason. "It's a silent film," says Pengryn. "Instead of dialogue, everything is told through books. It's the most unique film."
"Love at 4 a.m."
The busy Eric Swinderman wrote this short but left directing duties to Sage O'Bryant, who also edited. Two paramedics get caught up in a domestic dispute. The Broadview Gardens apartments and a Marathon gas station in Parma both make appearances.
A bank teller falls for his Muslim coworker. But religious and cultural differences stand in the way of their relationship in this film written by Swinderman and directed by Cigdem Slankard.
"Love & War"
Things get heated when two old friends, played by George Roth and Steve Ryan, start to reminisce about a girl they both dated 50 years earlier. Swinderman wrote and directs the short, which was shot at Slyman's. "People are going to be talking about Roth after this," says Pengryn. "The makeup person aged him about 20 years. It's really uncanny."
Tony Hartman wrote and directs this story about a man who, along with help from two of his friends, sets out to woo the girl of his dreams. Lakewood's Jammy Buggars restaurant helps set the mood.
"Do What You Love"
The Old Brooklyn Community Development Corporation and the Grog Shop show up in this tale about suck-ass jobs and even more suck-ass coworkers. Tony Hartman and Eric Swinderman wrote the script, with Hartman directing and Swinderman editing.