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Local filmmaker Tyler Davidson at Sundance third time

7:53 PM, Jan 4, 2013   |    comments
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Film producer Tyler Davidson of Chagrin Falls.

The Cleveland area continues to make its mark on the film industry and will be featured in a film premiering at this year's Sundance Film Festival, thanks to an independent film producer from Chagrin Falls.

Tyler Davidson's love of film begun at a young age -- watching Alfred Hitchcock films. He went on to study film at the University of Virginia and was headed to graduate school when he was given an opportunity to produce his first feature.

"The Year That Trembled" was based on a novel written by Davidson's uncle, Scott Lax.

The movie is a 1970 coming-of-age story set in the shadow of the Kent State University shooting. It premiered at the Cleveland International Film Festival.

Davidson moved to Los Angeles and worked on a number of film and television projects.

But after getting married and starting a family, he returned home and settled in Geauga County.

At the time, "that was really quite an experiment for me, to see if I could continue to move my producing career forward from Cleveland," said Davidson.

A few months later, Davidson's next film "Swedish Auto," starring January Jones of "Mad Men," went into production.

Davidson's next film, "Take Shelter," was shot in the Cleveland area in the summer of 2010.

"That movie was a real breakthrough for me," said Davidson. "We premiered that film at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and it went on to win the grand prize at the Cannes International Film Festival."

The film is about a young father who has apocalyptic visions of a coming storm.

Davidson followed with the film "Compliance" which also premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2012. Based on true events, a prank caller convinces a fast food restaurant manager to interrogate an innocent employee.

"Toy's House" is Davidson's latest film, which was shot in the Cleveland area in 2011. It premieres at the Sundance Film Festival this month, which takes place Jan. 17-27..

The movie is about three unhappy teenage boys that head into the wilderness with a plan to build a house and live off the land.

"It fulfilled a really long-held dream of mine to be able to shoot a movie in and around my hometown," said Davidson.

"We were really able to take advantage of the wonderful Metroparks system we have in the Cleveland area. I think local audiences are going to be thrilled to see really beautiful and recognizable spots."

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Davidson said he will stay in this area and remarked, "I've been able to really advance my career here. I've seen the industry on the whole in this area take giant steps forward. And I think we will continue to see those big films come in."

"At the same time, the smaller films will find a place as well. It's that combination that really is going to position the area to build something lasting."

His next project is a science fiction thriller that begins filming in March. Davidson hopes to shoot part of the film in the Cleveland area.    

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