Former Browns RB Peyton Hillis Stars in Low-Budget Werewolf Movie Filmed in Mantua

Courtesy Mark Andrew Hamer












SOURCE: Cleveland Scene | Sam Allard
January 25, 2022

Former Browns running back Peyton Hillis, who electrified Cleveland when he ran for 11 touchdowns and more than 1100 yards during the 2010 NFL season, is starring in a locally filmed horror slash police procedural now available on streaming platforms.

The Hunting, directed by local film producer Mark Andrew Hamer, follows the exploits of a small-town detective (Hillis) and a wildlife specialist (Solon High School alum Joelle Westwood), who are tasked with solving a mysterious spate of missing-persons cases in and around Mantua, Ohio. It is, per the film’s publicity materials, a modern update on the werewolf genre.



Cleveland State’s quest to be Northeast Ohio’s motion picture training hub

Cleveland State University film students at work in the studio. Photo / Cleveland State University.









SOURCE: Cleveland Jewish News | Bob Abelman
January 25, 2022

Humble beginnings. There is no better way to describe the School of Film & Media Arts at Cleveland State University.

CSU had no film program until the fall of 1977, when one faculty member was hired to teach a few courses in film history and film appreciation for the Department of Communication. It wasn’t until the early 1980s that an additional faculty member was hired to teach some basic small-format production courses on very limited equipment in a very finite studio space with a very restricted budget.

By 2005, the department became a school and, over time, its film sequence became one of the most popular programs. Today, the new School of Film & Media Arts, with tracks of study in writing/directing, cinematography, writing/producing, post-production, interactive media and acting/directing, calls a 36,000-square-foot space on the sixth floor of Idea Center in Cleveland’s Playhouse Square district its home.

With two new 2,000-plus-square-foot sound stages with 24-foot ceilings, state-of-the-art teaching laboratories, digital editing bays, professional production equipment and a viewing room/theater with 7.1 surround sound and a commercial theater-quality projection system, the program is the only stand-alone, degree-granting film school in Ohio.



Reported sequel to ‘A Christmas Story’ might not be filmed in Cleveland

SOURCE: WKYC 3 Studios | Marisa Saenz
January 21, 2022

CLEVELAND – Nearly 40 years after it first came out, multiple reports say “A Christmas Story” is getting a sequel — with original Ralphie actor Peter Billingsley in talks to return.

Warner Bros. and Legendary will be handling production. Deadline reports that the sequel will premiere on HBO Max.

However, the sequel will be filmed far from Cleveland, in Hungary.




New Greater Cleveland Film Commission president on moviemaking, tax incentives

SOURCE: idea | David C. Barnett
December 2, 2021

A major motion picture recently wrapped shooting in various locations around Northeast Ohio. “White Noise,” starring Adam Driver and Greta Gerwig was one of the first projects shepherded by Bill Garvey, the new president of the Greater Cleveland Film Commission.

A chilly wind whipped across a desolate section of Cleveland’s Flats under the Innerbelt bridge, last week, as Garvey pointed out a barren tract of land.  Just a few weeks earlier on this very spot sat a full-sized façade of a motel built from scratch by the “White Noise” production crew.

“It’s a project that spent the last five months filming here in Northeast Ohio,” Garvey said. “You don’t have to go to L.A. to make movies that are high quality. The crew that works here makes the same rates as you would make in L.A., and they work on the same caliber projects. We have a vibrant business here, and it’s growing.”


“Judas and the Black Messiah” wins outstanding locations on a period feature film at the Location Manager Guild International 2021 Awards












The Warner Bros produced motion picture was location managed by new Greater Cleveland Film Commission President Bill Garvey.

“Judas,” filmed entirely in Cleveland during the Fall of 2019, shines a spotlight on the progress the Greater Cleveland Film Commission has made to grow the motion picture industry in NE Ohio.  The Location Manager Guild Awards are the motion picture industry’s highest accolade for location scouting & management.

Warner Bros spent $20.89 million during production in NE Ohio, hired 118 local crew, hired over 3,000 extras, sourced from over 60 local businesses, and booked 1,000s of hotel room nights.

“Judas” was nominated in the Outstanding Locations on a Period Feature Category along with 4 other features:

  • Dreamland – Paramount
    • Ashley Valdez /LMGI, Clay DeVelvis
  • Enola Holmes – Netflix
    • Bill Darby /LMGI, Jess MacDonald
  • Judas and the Black Messiah – Warner Bros
    • Bill Garvey, Tim Kanieski
  • Mank – Netflix
    • William “Bill” Doyle /LMGI, Walter Roshetski
  • The Trial of the Chicago 7 – Netflix
    • Nick Rafferty /LMGI, Dennis Vozkov

A complete list of this year’s winners:

    Judas and the Black Messiah (Warner Bros.)
    Bill Garvey, Tim Kanieski
    Tenet (Warner Bros.)
    Janice Polley/LMGI, Julie Hannum/LMGI, Klaus Darrelman/LMGI
    The Crown – Season 4 (Netflix)
    Mark Walledge, Tate Araez/LMGI
    Lupin (Netflix)
    Thomas De Sambi, Valerie Segond
    The Queen’s Gambit (Netflix)
    David Pieper/LMGI, Stefan Woehleke, Matt Graver/LMGI
    It Already Does That (Apple Watch Series 6)
    Matt DeLoach/LMGI, Jof Hanwright/LMGI, Brent Gaffen
    Savannah Regional Film Commission (The Underground Railroad)
    Beth Nelson

Filmed-in-Cleveland ‘Judas and the Black Messiah’ honored at Location Manager Guild Awards

LaKeith Stanfield plays FBI informant William O’Neal in “Judas and the Black Messiah.”Glen Wilson | Warner Bros. Pictures








SOURCE: | Joey Morona
October 25, 2021

CLEVELAND, Ohio — In late 2019, the filmmakers behind the Oscar-winning film “Judas and the Black Messiah” turned Cleveland’s Slavic Village into 1960′s Chicago.

The transformation was so believable, the film’s location managers Bill Garvey and Tim Kanieski took home the award for Outstanding Locations in a Period Feature Film at the recent Location Manager Guild International 2021 Awards.

The film beat out four other films — “Dreamland,” “Enola Holmes,” “Mank” and “The Trial of the Chicago 7″ — for the honor.



Location Managers Guild Awards: ‘Judas and the Black Messiah,’ ‘The Queen’s Gambit’ Among Winners

Daniel Kaluuya (second from right) has won awards for his performance as Fred Hampton in Judas and the Black Messiah at the Golden Globes, Critics Choice Awards, SAG Awards and BAFTA Awards. COURTESY OF WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT









SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter | Abbey White
October 23, 2021

Judas and the Black Messiah, Tenet, The Queen’s Gambit, Lupin and the fourth season of The Crownwere among the winners at this year’s Location Managers Guild International Awards held on Saturday.

Actor and director Isaiah Mustafa returned to host the annual ceremony, which went virtual for the second year in a row and was made free to stream on YouTube and Vimeo. Netflix productions ultimately dominated both the nominations, announced back in August, and this year’s winners list alongside Warner Bros.



‘Judas And The Black Messiah’ & ‘Tenet’ Among Winners At Eighth Annual LMGI Awards — Complete List

Warner Bros.







SOURCE: | Matt Grobar
October 23, 2021

The Location Managers Guild International has unveiled the winners of its eight annual LMGI Awards, with Warner Bros.’ drama Judas and the Black Messiah and its Christopher Nolan blockbuster Tenet among a list that also included Netflix’s The Crown, Lupin & The Queen’s Gambit.

Judas was recognized with the award for Outstanding Locations in a Period Feature Film, with Tenet recognized for its Contemporary Feature Locations. The Crown Season 4 received the award for Period TV Locations, with Lupintaking that for Contemporary TV Locations, and The Queen’s Gambit being recognized in the category of TV Serial Program, Anthology or Limited Series Locations.



LMGI Awards 2021 – Nominee Panel – Outstanding Locations in a Period Feature Film

SOURCE: The LMGI | Dodd Vickers
October 14, 2021

Locations on Two Podcast host Dodd Vickers moderates a chat with a few of our 2021 LMGI Award Nominees for Outstanding Locations in a Period Feature

Nick Rafferty LMGI – The Trial of the Chicago 7
Bill Garvey – Judas and the Black Messiah
Timothy Kenieski – Judas and the Black Messiah
Bill Darby LMGI – Enola Holmes
Jess Macdonald – Enola Holmes
William Doyle LMGI – Mank

THE LMGI AWARDS are an internationally recognized celebration of the outstanding contributions of location professionals and film commissions around the world. The awards spotlight our craft, honoring nominees who are instrumental in the creative use of filming locations that set the tone, enrich the character, and enhance the narrative. The LMGI Awards pay tribute to contemporary and period film and television programs, as well as commercial advertising. Film commissions are also celebrated for their exemplary service. Additional honorees include the Eva Monley Award, the LMGI Humanitarian Award, the Lifetime Achievement Award and the Trailblazer Award.

Bill Garvey Is Ready To Lead Cleveland’s Next Film Renaissance








SOURCE: Cleveland Magazine | Story: Henry Palattella Art: Lauren Bacho
October 6, 2021

After working as a location scout for more than a decade, the New York City transplant took over as the new Greater Cleveland Film Commission president in September.

In 2008, Bill Garvey’s life was upended. Like many people involved in the film industry at the time, Garvey lived in New York City, where he had plans to move in with his then-fiancee (now wife). On the cusp of their move, things changed however, as his fiancee’s mother’s health took a decline. Instead of welcoming her to New York City, Garvey packed his bags and headed to Cleveland. “Sometimes you just have to roll with what life throws at you,” Garvey says.

Now, 13 years and more than a dozen movies later, Garvey’s ready to usher in Cleveland’s next generation of film as the new president of the Greater Cleveland Film Commission. With over a decade of experience, Garvey has worked as a location manager in the film industry, working on films such as The Fate Of The Furious and Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Here, Garvey shares his thoughts on the future of Cleveland’s film scene and what his plans are to succeed.

ON HIS MAIN GOAL AS PRESIDENT. Workforce development is key. I want to make it so that when a movie comes here, we have a workforce that’s reflective of the population that lives here. These jobs are well-paying jobs that people can raise a family on. We want filmmakers and producers to look at Ohio. It’s all about pounding the pavement and getting people to look at Ohio because it’s not most producers’ first choice when it comes to making movies. We can look like any other city. Cleveland has stood in for New York City, Washington, D.C., and other cities.

ON HOW CLEVELAND CAN BECOME A MORE ATTRACTIVE FILMING DESTINATION. The tax incentive is the end-all be-all. Right now, we have a $40 million tax incentive for films in Ohio. Ours is set up similar to Georgia’s, except for that theirs has no cap. Last year during COVID, filmmakers spent $2.2 billion in Georgia because they have no tax incentive cap and also have studios to shoot in. One of my goals is to increase the incentive cap, because once you increase the cap, you provide incentive for studios to invest in the area. Once you have a stage, you have more work. It’s self-fulfilling. A studio also means you’ll be able to get TV shows, which can stabilize the industry.

ON HOW HE HAS PREPARED TO HIT THE GROUND RUNNING. As a location manager, I already have relationships with studios because I worked with them to help figure out movies. I’ve been here for a decade and have helped with over a dozen movies. When I talk to producers, I’m speaking their language and understand what their needs are. Every state has its own quirks and I’ve navigated that. I have relationships in city government and have worked with them on logistics on projects big and small. Part of the job is also advising on where to look for stuff, which I did all the time as a location manager. When you’re looking for a place that could serve as an evil lair, you must be creative about it.

ON HOW CLEVELAND’S FILM SCENE IS RECOVERING.It’s going to be a good fall. Location filming was basically shut down last year so there’s an explosion of content right now. We’ve got a bunch of high-profile projects coming here all at once starting with two coming in the fall. We have an opportunity to ramp up the business and get more people working. On the set of Wheat Germ [this summer], we had 450 people on set at once, all of whom were making money.