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Cleveland indie filmmaker’s ‘The Enormity of Life’ to premiere in April on AppleTV

Director Eric Swinderman (left) and cinematographer Sage O'Bryant on location in Lakewood, Ohio, with Breckin Meyer and Emily Kinney

The Enormity of Life, from Cleveland filmmaker Eric Swinderman, will debut April 6 on AppleTV, Google Play, FandangoNOW and Vimeo on Demand. The indie dark comedy stars Emily Kinney, Breckin Meyer and Giselle Eisenberg.

The film tells the tale of Casey (Meyer), who meets struggling single mom Jess (Kinney) and her eccentric daughter (Eisenberg) after receiving a substantial inheritance from a long-lost relative. Past struggles make him question whether money and love make life worth living. 

“This was a very powerful and challenging project from script to screen,” says Meyer. “It’s always a risk when you’re dealing with such polarizing subjects but hopefully this film can help encourage communication in regards to mental illness and seeking help.”

Meyer is best known for his roles in Clueless and Road Trip. Audiences will know Kinney from her heartbreaking role as Beth Grenne on The Walking Dead, as well as her villain turn on The Flash as the Bug Eyed Bandit. Eisenberg stars in Life in Pieces and American Housewife.

Director Eric Swinderman confers with cinematographer Sage O'Bryant

Previously titled Anhedonia, the film is a labor of love for Swinderman. “I absolutely love bringing big films to Cleveland,” he says. “The businesses and people of Northeast Ohio are so welcoming and make the entire process so easy. Plus, I love to showcase the hometown I’m so proud of, and I can’t wait for Cleveland to see its close-up.”

The Northeast Ohio cast and crew shot during over several weeks in 2018. The soundtrack features songs from Northeast Ohio natives By Light We Loom and John Kalman. Locations include Middleburg Heights, Lakewood, Elyria, Beachwood, Lorain, Cleveland, North Royalton and Medina.

Shoreline Entertainment is releasing the film. “We are thrilled to represent such an incredible film with such a notable cast,” says Sam Eigen, Shoreline Entertainment CEO. “Eric Swinderman did a fantastic job directing, and we feel audiences will really connect with the story.”


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