Travolta, Pitt To Ohio

Travolta, Pitt To Ohio

John Travolta and Michael Pitt are heading to Ohio. The state's film commission announced that CRIMINAL ACTIVITIES will be filming in Cleveland. Besides John Travolta (Pulp Fiction, Wild Hogs) and Pitt (Boardwalk Empire, Seven Psychopaths), Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey, The Fifth Estate), Rebecca Da Costa (Entourage), and Jackie Earle Haley (Little Children-Oscar Nominated, Lincoln) will also star. Mr. Haley also will be directing.

The film was written by Robert Lowell and is being produced by Wayne Rice, Howard Burd, and Micah Sparks. The executive producers are Mark Johnson (Fear Clinic and Miss Meadows, both filmed in Cleveland), Warren Ostergard (Freerunner and Cleveland native), and Daniel Diamond. Filming is scheduled to start later this spring in and around Cleveland, Ohio.

"For me, having a film commissioner that understands the needs and challenges of the independent film maker is the number one factor in choosing the city to film in," said producer Wayne Rice.

"The Ohio Incentive Program is a great opportunity for our Industry, coupled with a fantastic Cleveland Film Commission that understands our business and what we need to succeed; coupled with great locations and hard working crews make the Ohio Program tough to beat," said producer Mark Johnson.

SYNOPSIS: When four young men reunite at an ex-classmate's funeral, one of them offers up some inside information on a stock that's a guaranteed lock to make them all instant millionaires. Unfortunately the deal goes south, along with their investment. Things go from bad to worse when it's revealed one of the boys borrowed the lost money from a mobster.

Mike McNamara is the Co-Founder of The Midwest Independent Film Festival, www.midwestfilm.org. Mike pays his rent as an actor in Chicago in theatre, commercials, television and film. More from Mac at www.findmac.com.