Local investors sought to bring 'Snowman' to life

A spokeswoman for the local Arbor Avenue Films, operating in partnership with Clintonville resident Dino Tripodis' Never the Luck Productions, last week announced that a "crowdfunding" campaign has been launched on Kickstarter to support the movie Star and the Snowman, a joint project of the separate film firms.

"The film is the story of two people searching for 'normal' in a world of death, betrayal and revenge," Michelle Garrett stated in her announcement.

Filmmakers are seeking $8,000 in funding to shoot winter scenes in central Ohio, she said.

"Arbor Avenue Films makes quality theatrical films on a modest budget," Grove City resident John Whitney, the movie's director and a partner Arbor Avenue Films, said in the announcement. "Because of the type of worlds in which our stories are set, we're able to use existing locations to communicate the visual tone of our films."

The film stars Clintonville-based actor Kevin McClatchy, who has appeared in the movies Unstoppable and Love and Other Drugs and can be seen in Catco's upcoming production of Red.

The production team includes radio personality and filmmaker Tripodis, who serves as a producer and plays a key role in the film.

"Star and the Snowman is the film that I've been waiting to produce, because as I read the script, the story and the characters jumped off the page; I could see this film as I was reading it," Tripodis said in a statement. "Working with talents like John and Phil, two guys who I know will make that happen, makes it all the better."

"It's much more economical to make a film here in central Ohio versus L.A. or New York," producer Phil Garrett of Arbor Avenue Films said in the press release. "We have an experienced team to call on here and can produce a quality film for much less. Our brand of filmmaking remains cost-effective without compromising the production value."

Together, Whitney, Tripodis and Garrett have 20-plus years of filmmaking experience.

To support Star and the Snowman, visit the Kickstarter page at 230353252/star-and-the-snowman.