It all began with, “Yeah, sure, why not?”
While teaching children how to ski in Colorado, film was not on Oxford, Ohio native Noah Applebaum’s mind until a friend of his from back home wanted to make his first feature length film and asked him to help out.
“I just kind of fell into it,” Applebaum said. “I never worked so hard on something and gotten so much out it and I thought, ‘Hey, maybe there’s something to this.’ So I packed up my car and drove to Los Angeles.”
Applebaum then moved to Los Angeles seven years ago in hopes of becoming an actor.
“It’s [Los Angeles] the Mecca of entertainment,” Applebaum said.
During his time in L.A., Applebaum wanted to learn more about the inner workings of films and said that he sort of took himself to film school.
“I went to get a job doing all different things on different movie sets,” Applebaum said. “I went from being a production assistant to being a camera assistant to being a props guy. So I got to learn pretty early on how all the departments work together on larger scale budgets.”
Applebaum has acted in several things although most have not been wide released.
“I’ve certainly acted with recognizable name talents and I’ve done some T.V. as well,” Applebaum said. “I did an episode of New Girl with Zooey Deschanel last year.”
Outside of that, Applebaum has worked on some bigger budget movies.
But now, Applebaum has created his own magnum opus.
While shooting hoops one day, a story formed between Applebaum and a friend.
That story soon became Applebaum’s first feature length narrative film as an actor and filmmaker.
Applebaum brought his story to Covington’s Carnegie after filming in Los Angeles, California.
Drugs and Other Love takes place in an alternate universe following a charming yet terrible older brother who finds himself falling for a “lovely lady dope dealer.” Determined to win her affection, he decides to keep his younger brother on drugs in order to stay in contact with her. Trouble ensues when a local kingpin kidnaps her and the brothers now become “hapless, anti-heroes” and take it upon themselves to save the day.
Bringing his story to life was not an easy task.
“It definitely took us awhile to make the film,” Applebaum said. “It’s just an incredible mountain to climb.”
Applebaum said that with all the outlets like YouTube and Vimeo, there is an influx of different movies and short films so it’s really important to stand out among that. He also noted the importance of having people to help with the film.
“It’s really a labor of love between friends that are all industry-working professionals,” Applebaum said. “And then also realizing we’re a low-budget production and I’m not able to pay them as much, nearly what they’re worth.”
The cast and crew also began an Indiegogo crowd-sourcing page which raised $10,000 for the film.
“It’s a strange, weird movie because it’s sort of a mix of really out-there stupidity where all these characters are terrible people,” Applebaum said. “But at the same time, there’s kind of a genuineness and sweetness about them.”
After hosting a cast and crew screening in Los Angeles, Applebaum brought his movie back to his home region.
“I always wanted to do a hometown screening,” Applebaum said.
Someday, the filmmaker hopes to come back to Cincinnati and film a movie.