Sundance interview with Chagrin Falls filmmaker Tyler Davidson

6:07 PM, Jan 26, 2013   |    comments
Film producer Tyler Davidson of Chagrin Falls.
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SUNDANCE, Colo. -- Producer Tyler Davidson's film "Toy's House" premiered last Saturday and will have its final showing this Saturday night (Jan. 26).

Of the 12,000 films submitted to the Sundance Film Festival this year, officials chose only 119 to premiere.

Of those 119, only 12 films remain in competition for awards -- and Davidson's "Toy's House" is one of them.

Davidson, 37, of South Russell, was born and raised in Chagrin Falls, is a 1993 graduate of Chagrin Falls High School, and a 1997 graduate of the University of Virginia.

"Toy's House" is a comedy about three, unhappy teenagers who flee to the wilderness where they build a makeshift house and live off the land as masters of their own destiny.

Davidson also produced "Take Shelter," the critically acclaimed film shot in Lorain that debuted last year at the Sundance Film Festival.

Our friends at "Entertainment Tonight" caught up with Davidson at Sundance to find out more about the film.

"This is my third straight trip to Sundance and I couldn't be more excited about it," Davdison told ET. "I definitely don't take it for granted. This is as good as it get for an independent film producer. And it is all worth it to have this kind of audience and this kind of community of support to launch the film."

"Toy's House is a comedy with a lot of heart, a real hilarious film that is moving people, I have to say. It's a really great story about three, young, teenaged boys who flee home. They are kind of tired of their overbearing parents and they decide they are going to go to the woods and build their own makeshift house and live off the land so they would be masters of their own destiny."

"So, of course, things come unglued at some point, as you might expect. We shot this film this past summer outside Cleveland, Ohio, which is where I'm from. It was a tremendous experience to bring a film back to my hometown were I actually currently reside."

"Once we finished the film, it was a race through post-production on a very ambitious schedule, I would have to say, to try and met that Sundance deadline. We have our cast here, our director, our writer, a lot of people helping to promote the film. But at the end of the day, the film has to play for the audience when we premiere it. It's a lot of hard work leading up to that point and then very gratifying when get it in front of an audience and they really respond to it."

Davdson was asked: What's on the horizon? What is in the works?

"I'm already in preproduction on the next one which is a sci-fi thriller that we are going to shoot mostly in New Mexico, some in Cleveland again," Davdison said.

"And that is a terrific project and I really don't have any down time in this business. It's one to the next and fortunately we have times like this at Sundance that make it all worthwhile."


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