'The Land' is Finally Available to Watch on Netflix


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2016's The Land was a mega-hit amongst Clevelanders, and now the rest of the world will finally have the opportunity to see why it's always been and always will be 'Cleveland Against The World.'

Directed by Steven Caple Jr. (who is currently filming Creed II), The Land is a love-letter to this city from the perspective of people who know it best, delivering the beauty in the ugliness of our wonderful city, while delivering an incredibly entertaining story in the process.

Cleveland's Mike Wendt served as the assistant locations manager during production of the film, and is ecstatic that The Land is finally available on Netflix, and therefore, widely available to the rest of the country.

Wendt works on just about every film that comes through Cleveland, like the upcoming White Boy Rick and the recent, My Friend Dahmer.

"Many of the films that are shot here do not take place here," Wendt tells Scene. "But this is a film that I know was a personal one for director Steven Caple Jr. and he chose many great locations that show off the city — both the gritty and nicer parts,"

As Sam Allard stated in his review of The Land when it first debuted, it's a gnarly ode to Cleveland. Thanks to the spotlight given to us in large part from LeBron James, there is a sense of curiosity and preconceived notions about our city from the rest of the nation. This isn't some depressing look at yet another rust belt city suffering in the Midwest, but rather an exploration of the passionate drive to not just exist, but to really live despite your circumstances.

While Caple Jr. is off to a hell of a successful start to his career, it's been estimated that Netflix is the lifeblood for independent film. The Land nabbing a showcase spot on the streaming juggernaut isn't just great for the film and those who worked on it, it's also great for Cleveland.

With The Land is available on Netflix, Wendt is hoping that more filmmakers take note of the possibilities Cleveland offers to the film community at large. "I hope that people see it and realize that we have a lot to offer here from a film standpoint — talented crews, actors and diverse and beautiful locations," he says.

If you want to make it an event, you can even host a double shot-in-CLE feature of The Land and My Friend Dahmer, which is also now available via GooglePlay, Amazon Prime, and YouTube's paid streaming service. So the next time you invite someone over for 'Netflix and Chill,' do yourself a favor and actually watch the films in their entirety.

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