My Friend Dahmer,
a film based on a book of the same name by local-legend cartoonist Derf Backderf
, has been shooting, and continues to shoot, all over Northeast Ohio.
Unlike the 2002 Jeremy Renner vehicle Dahmer,
a more traditional biopic, My Friend Dahmer
focuses on the infamous serial killer's Ohio high school years. It's "an intoxicating blend of a coming-of-age tale with the borrowed hook of a serial killer narrative," if you ask the summary wizards at IMDb
Via the Greater Cleveland Film Commission, the film stars Vincent Kartheiser ("Mad Men"), Anne Heche ("Six Days Seven Nights") and as Dahmer himself, Ross Lynch ("Muppets Most Wanted"). Playing Derf is the elegantly coiffed Alex Wolff, brother of The Fault in our Stars' / Paper Towns'
It's written and directed by Marc Meyers, something of an unknown quantity in the mainstream, who's done two festival-circuit indies and a handful of shorts prior to this.
"More and more films are shooting in greater Cleveland," said Film Commission President Ivan Schwarz, in a press release. "We attribute that not only to our amazing variety of locations and our local production professionals, but to the community spirit that productions experience when they arrive.