MEDINA — Viewers can take a nostalgic trip “Back to the Future” in the new promotional video released by Main Street Medina.
Screenshot from “Medina, OH, Where the Past Meets Future.”
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In the 11-minute film, created by Brunswick videographer Zebulon Thomas, a traveler arrives in a quaint town square via a red DeLorean. He parks in front of the Medina County Courthouse on Public Square. Amazed by his surroundings, the traveler sets out to explore the area. Making his way around, he discovers a charming place full of welcoming people, amazing finds and unexpected events.
This is the storyline of “Medina, OH, Where the Past Meets Future” — shot on location in and around the Historic District over the past year. It’s loosely based on the 1985 movie.
Thomas, of ZTFilms, shot the professional video. Former Main Street Medina Executive Director Jeremy Levine is the executive producer.
He teams with Main Street Medina Executive Director Matt Wiederhold to capture Medina through its businesses, community and special events.
Main Street Medina plans to use the video to promote tourism.
In addition to attracting tourists, the producers said they hope this showcase also will bring visitors on a much larger scale.
With more than 60 unique boutique shops and restaurants, a series of signature events, an iconic Public Square surrounded by Victorian-era architecture and supportive business infrastructure, Historic Medina is an ideal setting for filmmakers from Hollywood and beyond to tell their stories, according to Main Street Medina.
Wiederhold said the video can show the world all the wonderful things in what he called Hometown, USA.
“Our town has quite a storied history, but we’re also a modern community,” Wiederhold said in a statement. “Zebulon has such a unique way of using his camera to make a viewer truly feel that they are participating in the action, that they are in the moment, and he did a magnificent job with the production.
“The video highlights our history, our community, the numerous special events we produce throughout the year, and the joy that can be found in Medina.
“The story is made extra fun with the lead character’s perspective and witnessing his experiences during a day trip to Medina.”
Levine, who developed the video concept with ZTFilms and stars as “The Traveler,” characterizes this project as a love affair with Medina.
“Historic Medina is a magical place full of wonderful discoveries, nestled in a one-of-a-kind setting,” he said. “Everything seen in this entire film was captured within only a few blocks — there are very few places in America that can offer the visual depth and texture this location provides.”
After Levine arrives in Medina in the DeLorean, he takes a tour of the square and other hot spots in the city including Dan’s Dogs, Castle Noel, Sully’s, High Voltage Karting and Woodsy’s, where he stops to pick up an electric guitar. Soon, he’s playing that guitar in a band in the video, something he’s apt to do in real life.
Thomas launched into the world of filmmaking in 2012. Now, he’s known for shooting and editing music videos, action sports and full-length documentaries and more.
To view the video, visit mainstreetmedina.com.
Contact reporter Bob Finnan at (330) 721-4049 or firstname.lastname@example.org.