Joe and Anthony Russo share never-before-seen pictures and videos from Cleveland-filmed projects ahead of “Cherry” premiere

Instagram | @therussobrothers








SOURCE: WKYC Channel 3 | Hope Sloop
February 21, 2021

Once a Clevelander, always a Clevelander.

Ahead of the premiere for their latest movie, Cherry- which was filmed in Cleveland- Joe and Anthony Russo decided to take a walk down memory lane on Instagram this week, sharing behind-the-scenes content from the projects that they have been able to work on in Northeast Ohio.

“From our first film to our latest film, we have had the pleasure of shooting some of our projects in our hometown of Cleveland, Ohio. The city and it’s people mean so much to us and our career,” the directors wrote on Instagram. “This week we’re going to go on a little journey of the films we were able to bring back home. In the meantime, enjoy this photoshoot of us as young and hungry Ohio directors in the neighborhood of Little Italy, Cleveland.”




Russo brothers come home, team up with sister to make ‘Cherry,’ their most personal film yet

Tom Holland in “Cherry,” premiering globally March 12, 2021 on Apple TV+.








SOURCE: | Joey Morona
February 21, 2021

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Cleveland-born directors Anthony and Joe Russo could’ve done anything they wanted after their last film, “Avengers: Endgame,” wound up becoming the highest-grossing movie of all time.

They chose to come home.

The brothers spent several months in late 2019 shooting “Cherry” in Cleveland. The movie, starring Tom Holland (”Spider-Man: Far From Home”) and in theaters on February 26 and on Apple TV+ on March 12, is set in their hometown and based on a book by a fellow Clevelander, Nico Walker. The directing duo’s younger sister, Angela Russo-Otstot, co-wrote the screenplay.



Local residents, OSR play key roles in new ‘Judas and The Black Messiah’ movie

Mansfield resident Damien Beauford (third from right) eats next to star Daniel Kaluuya during the filming from a scene of “Judas and The Black Messiah” at the Ohio State Reformatory in 2019. The film, which earned Kaluuya a Golden Globe nomination earlier this month, opened nationwide Feb. 12. (Photo courtesy of Damien Beauford)










SOURCE: Richland Source | Carl Hunnell
February 19, 2021

MANSFIELD — Damien Beauford sat next to him and shared a prison meal. Chris Hahn beat him with a baton outside a cell.

Both Mansfield actors shared scenes with star Daniel Kaluuya in the recently released Warner Brothers film “Judas and The Black Messiah,” a major motion picture that opened nationwide on Feb. 12.

The film, nominated for two Golden Globes by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, includes scenes shot during three days at the former Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield.



Ava DuVernay On Thursday’s Launch Of Array Crew: On-Set Inclusion, Getting Studios & Streamers Onboard & How “This Isn’t The Yelp Of Job Searches”








SOURCE: | Dominic Patten
February 18, 2021

DEADLINE EXCLUSIVE: “I have to create and be a part of the change that I want to see, and so, after I go through the period of being on every panel and being in every article about diversity, I stopped doing that a couple years ago, and I said, no more panels,” Ava DuVernay says of the impetus to create Array Crew, which launches online Thursday. “We’re going to just build something that people can no longer say I don’t know how,” the When They See Us creator adds.

“This is how. Now will you do it? And that’s the question.”

Evolving over the past two years out of the Oscar nominee’s decade-old film collective and backed early on by Warner Bros TV’s Peter Roth, Array Crew offers productions access to qualified but underrepresented below-the-line crew members for hiring searches.



‘One Night in Miami’, ‘Judas and the Black Messiah’ Lead Nominations For 21st Annual Black Reel Awards

Amazon Studios; WB







SOURCE: | Amanda N’Duka
February 18, 2021

EXCLUSIVE: The Black Reel Awards (BRAs), an annual event that recognizes the excellence of African-Americans, as well as the cinematic achievements of the African diaspora in the global film industry, has unveiled the nominees for its 21st annual awards ceremony. The event, hosted by the Foundation for the Augmentation of African-Americans in Film (FAAAF), will take place on April 11 virtually across several media platforms.



97-year-old found film ‘The Heart of Cleveland’ now available for all to watch

SOURCE: FOX 8 Cleveland | Roosevelt Leftwich
February 17, 2021

CLEVELAND (WJW) — It is actually a 29-minute commercial of sorts.

The Cleveland Electric Illuminating Company was touting the magic and industry of electric power. And that power was generated at the time at its new, massive lakeshore coal fired plant, which then was the largest in the world … or, as the title suggests, was “The Heart of Cleveland.”

The 1924 silent film is a rare look at the city before Terminal Tower, before Interstate 90 and before movies even talked.



Screenwriter Danny Kravitz talks about his rise from Cleveland to Hollywood screenwriter with the release of “The Marksman”





SOURCE: 92.3 The Fan | Baskin & Phelps
February 17, 2021

Screenwriter and Northeast Ohio native Danny Kravitz joined Baskin and Phelps to talk about how his film “The Marksman” was sold and made. He talked about being able to shoot the film in his hometown of Pepper Pike and how exciting it is to have so many Cleveland natives in the film industry.

How the cast of ‘Judas and the Black Messiah’ gave back to Cleveland

SOURCE: WKYC 3 Studios | Megan Gallagher
February 12, 2021

CLEVELAND — “Judas and the Black Messiah,” a movie adapted from a screenplay written by King and Will Berson and based on the story of the betrayal of Chicago Black Panther Fred Hampton in the late 1960s, is now out in theaters and streaming on HBO Max.

A majority of the film was shot in Cleveland in 2019, and stars actors like Lakeith Stanfield of FX’s “Atlanta,” Daniel Kaluuya from “Get Out” and Black Panther,” and Jesse Plemons of “Breaking Bad.” It also gave so many budding Cleveland actors a chance to stay in such a large film.

The cast and crew took in the city as they filmed, so much so that they also took time to give back. A majority of them stopped by the Boys and Girls Club of Northeast Ohio.




Cleveland International Film Festival unveils theme for 2021 virtual edition: ‘Bring Film Home’

The campaign “celebrates the connections we will form – even while we remain physically apart – when viewing the extraordinary on-screen stories created by our CIFF45 Streams filmmakers,” the Cleveland International Film Festival said in a press release.











SOURCE: | Joey Morona
February 12, 2021

CLEVELAND, Ohio — “Bring Film Home.” That is the theme for the 45th annual Cleveland International Film Festival, which is being held virtually for the second straight year.

The logo for the festival, known as CIFF45 Streams, was unveiled Friday. Created by the graphic design team at Type Twenty Seven, the logo depicts movie marquees attached to people’s houses and apartment buildings.



Jessica Goldberg and Angela Russo-Otstot on co-writing the Russo Brothers’ ‘Cherry’







SOURCE: Final Draft | Vanessa King
February 10, 2021

Apple TV+’s new crime drama Cherry is a film directed by Anthony and Joe Russo (best known for their directorial work on multiple films within the Marvel universe) and from a screenplay written by Angela Russo-Otstot and Jessica Goldberg, adapted from the novel of the same name, a semi-autobiographical work by author Nico Walker. Cherry is a compelling film that stars Tom Holland as an army veteran who resorts to robbing banks to support his opioid addiction.

When the Russos acquired this project, Angela says, “We’re from Cleveland, so it’s a personal story.”