|Actress Busy Phillips joins |
the cast of 'Cleveland, I Love You'
The movie, produced by filmmakers Eric Swinderman and Mark Pengryn, tells the tale of love in Cleveland through 11 vignettes – love stories created by some of Cleveland’s most talented filmmakers.
Phillipps joins the short helmed by Hollywood director and Shaker Heights native Jamie Babbit (United States of Tara, The Middle) and written by Karey Dornetto (South Park, Community, Arrested Development).
“We were originally talking with Molly Shannon about doing the film, since she is a Shaker Heights native,” says Swinderman. “But we couldn't work it out with her schedule. So Jamie approached Busy because they had worked together before. She said yes and the rest is history.”
Phillipps character is busy getting her life back together after undergoing rehab. She escapes to Cleveland and reconnects with her sister.
Her involvement in the film is sure to raise awareness for the independent feature.
“Any time you have a name like Busy Phillipps it helps,” says Swinderman. “The biggest advantage we have as indie filmmakers in Cleveland, aside from what I think are the best writers and directors around, is our connection with Jamie, Karey and, of course, Busy.”
Filming on Cleveland, I Love You continues through March 2012. Filmmakers have shot six of the 11 shorts.