The Russo brothers’ hometown is a cinematic powerhouse with Midwestern charm, a very reasonable cost of living, and a long record of proven success and stability. It can double as almost any other part of the country, offers a deep bench of production facilities and equipment-rental houses, and is home to the Cleveland International Film Festival, one of the best proving grounds for crowd-pleasers. Recent projects include the upcoming LeBron James film Shooting Stars, about his early life, and the Tim Blake Nelson drama Asleep in My Palm. Northeastern Ohio’s history with the industry means experienced crews who earn the same rates as those in more expensive regions.
“The Northeast Ohio motion picture industry has a long academy award winning track record,” says Bill Garvey, President of the Greater Cleveland Film Commission.
“Over 300 projects have filmed in Ohio over the last decade. But we’re only getting started. With our growing tax credit program, lost cost of production, diversity of architecture and topography, and veteran crew base, Northeast Ohio is poised to attract unprecedented investment and job growth in the next few years.”