Monday, June 18, 2012

Local first-time filmmakers set goal to enter 30 film festivals

[Press release from 'Rued January'.]

This winter, with none of the luxuries or fan-fare of the latest big-budget productions filmed in Cleveland, two 2009 Kent State University graduates filmed a feature-length independent film – making their college dream a reality. RUED JANUARY is an independent film featuring Northeast Ohio and its talent. It was filmed in just six days, totaling 104 hours on set and made for less than $1,000 by first-time filmmakers Andrew Numbers and DC Evans, who wrote, shot, directed, produced and are currently editing the film.

With principal filming complete, the filmmakers are now editing their film and gearing up for the 2013 film festival circuit. They hope to raise enough money to enter the film in at least 30 film festivals through a fundraising campaign on

The film exclusively features local Ohio actors (16 in total), including award winning independent filmmaker Bruno Tatalovic and Emmy-nominated local news reporter Annette Lawless. It also stars impressive talents Zach Griffin, Maria Perossa, Michael David and Christopher Lavdas.  All filming took place in Northeast Ohio and commonly coincided with below freezing conditions during January and February. Locations included: Downtown Cleveland, Avon Lake, Parma, Kent, Cuyahoga Falls, Wickcliffe and Tallmadge.

“Filming RUED JANUARY was literally a dream come true for us,” said DC Evans, filmmaker. “About five years ago, when we first started writing the script for RUED JANUARY as undergraduates at Kent State, we never imagined it turning into what it has become.”

RUED JANUARY is a crime dramedy set in Northeast Ohio. It’s about a twenty something guy who gets in over his head gambling. To settle his debt, he gets mixed up in a botched robbery and has to work for a local crime boss known as The Chief; or face the wrath of The Chief’s axe.

“This is a feature length film that we were able to make thanks to years of planning, borrowed equipment, quality actors and virtually no budget,” said Andrew Numbers, filmmaker. The goal of the filmmakers is to continue the momentum and support of Northeast Ohio, making it a community effort to help send them to film festivals.

Evans said, “We feel like we’ve accomplished the impossible. It’s a statement about what can be done in Northeast Ohio when like-minded people come together and support one another.”

To help support Andrew Numbers and DC Evans’ goal of having “Rued January” represent Northeast Ohio in film festivals across the country, visit

To find out more about “Rued January,” visit or follow the film on Twitter (@ruedjanuary).

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