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Lead Actor in Arbor Avenue Films’ Latest Production, Star and the Snowman, Starring in CATCO’s Production of the Tony-Award Winning Red

Lead Actor Kevin McClatchy Headlines CATCO’s Red, the Story of Acclaimed Artist Mark Rothko; Filmmakers’ Crowdfunding Campaign Nearing Goal on Kickstarter

Columbus, OH, February 21, 2013 --( Today, Arbor Avenue Films, in partnership with Never the Luck Productions, announced that the lead actor in their joint production of Star and the Snowman is appearing in CATCO’s production of Red, Feb. 13 – March 13.

Actor Kevin McClatchy (Unstoppable, Love and Other Drugs, X-Files) portrays artist Mark Rothko in the Tony-award winning play. McClatchy will play the lead role in Star and the Snowman, the tale of two people searching for "normal" in a world of death, betrayal and revenge. The filmmakers’ crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter,, is nearing its goal of $8,000 in funding to shoot the film’s winter scenes in Ohio.

“Having worked with Kevin on past theatre and film projects, I knew he was right for the lead role in ‘Star and the Snowman,’” said Phil Garrett, producer, Arbor Avenue Films. “He brings a palpable energy and reality to his performances. As an actor, Kevin fully commits to any role and elevates the material.”

“Kevin is a fine actor and we are not surprised in his success on stage,” said John Whitney, director, Arbor Avenue Films. “He is an example of the quality of actors who will be cast in all the roles in ‘Star and the Snowman.’”

The production team includes Columbus radio personality and filmmaker Dino Tripodis of Never the Luck Productions, who serves as a producer and plays a key role in the film, and local award-winning filmmakers Garrett and Whitney.

“Kevin McClatchy is one of those actors who smoothly and expertly transitions from stage to screen, with the one common denominator being his commitment and intensity to each and every role he plays. He is our SNOWMAN and we couldn't be more thrilled about it,” said Tripodis.

Together, Whitney, Tripodis and Garrett have 20+ years of filmmaking experience. Their work has screened internationally and garnered awards including a Chris Award from the Columbus International Film & Video Festival, Best Short Film from the Indie Gathering, and an audience favorite award from Shockfest. Arbor Avenue Films is also a two-time winner of Best of Show, Best Editing and Best Actor awards from the Underneath Cincinnati Film Festival.

To support Star and the Snowman, visit the Kickstarter page at and share it on Twitter and Facebook. To follow the film’s development, “Like” the Arbor Avenue Films’ Facebook page,

About Star and the Snowman
A hitman known only as The Snowman. A call girl known only as Star. Not their real names, obviously, but real names are a liability in the shadowy underworld these characters inhabit. Star and the Snowman is the story of two people searching for "normal" in a world of death, betrayal, and revenge. Snowman is a killer born into a family of violence; he knows no other way of life. Star is a woman out of control in a whirlwind of drugs and sex, unable to focus a damaged mind long enough to find an exit. When Snowman's latest job threatens to rip open some very old wounds for them both, they find themselves torn between the opportunity to escape this hellish life and the need to finally learn the truth about a decades-old secret which began the whole nightmare. But in their world, learning the truth always comes with a heavy price, and such debts can only be paid in blood.

About Arbor Avenue Films
Arbor Avenue Films is an independent production company engaged in making motion picture films focused on well-produced, creative storytelling. Collaborators and writers/directors/producers John Whitney and Phil Garrett concentrate on the development of films for a variety of media outlets including independent and major studios, television, and burgeoning media outlets. Arbor Avenue’s films have played festivals internationally, garnered awards, and received commercial distribution. The company concentrates on the development of films for a variety of media outlets including independent and major studios, television, and burgeoning media outlets.
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Michelle Garrett, 614-315-4037

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