Filming brothers want Northeast Ohio to thrive

1:35 PM, Mar 12, 2013   |    comments
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AKRON, Ohio -- When "The Avengers" took over East 9th Street, everyone noticed.

But a pair of Akron-born brothers has continued to keep cameras rolling in Cleveland, even without a multi-million-dollar budget.

Producer Aaron Longstreth said, "We are obviously nowhere near the budget of "The Avengers" or anything like that, but we are still able to get people out here and get them to see and they are loving it."

The production -- The Murders at Brandywine Theater -- has a budget of around $20,000, which is enough to attract a mix of regional crew and West Coast actors.

Writer/Director Larry Longstreth said, "I thought for sure I could get one or two of these names on board and we got the first, and then the second, and then the third, and nobody said no. And that was the big 'What's going on here?'"

One of the names who wanted to be in the film was Cleveland Browns' Josh Cribbs.

"Cleveland, the city as a whole, is being used for film production and it's bringing a lot of attention to the city and the community and I'm glad to be a part of it," Cribbs said.

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Those from the West Coast are enjoying their first Ohio experience.

Actress Danielle Lozeau, who plays "Mindy," said "My father, when I told him about this film, he was like 'so, who's in it?' and as soon as I said Josh Cribbs, he was like, 'What! What day is he on set?' I was like, for him, it was cars were blowing up, all the cool stuff. I got cool points that day.

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The Longstreth brothers welcome big budget movies and the money they spend here. The major studios are attracted to the tax credits.

But it's a little different for these Northeast Ohio brothers.

"It's a completely smart economically sound decision to make but I think that often gets confused with what we are doing. It's like, no, we are here because we want to be here," Larry Longstreth said.

His brother Aaron said, "It seems as though there is this artistic creative movement in the region and that's great. I mean with "The Avengers," obviously, Spider-Man, they are coming to Cleveland. It's great that they are showcasing Cleveland and we are getting some kind of economy going."  


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