Since its beginning in 1987, Film Cincinnati has brought hundreds of films to Greater Cincinnati, plus thousands of commercials, music videos, documentaries and industrials. Once filmmakers choose Greater Cincinnati, Film Cincinnati helps them overcome production challenges. We involve filmmakers in our community by connecting them with local production crews and creative talent. We also facilitate permits, street closings, police, fire safety and any public or private location logistics.
Kristen Schlotman is the Executive Director of Film Cincinnati. She has been with the commission since 1997 and began by coordinating production. Her many credits include, The Blunderer, Carol, Miles Ahead, Ides of March, Secretariat, Dreamer, Traffic, In Too Deep, Seabiscuit and Elizabethtown.
So far 2016 brought us productions like “Curvature,” “Girl from Compton,” “The Life and Death of John Gotti” and two James Franco films. Acclaimed Director Yorgos Lanthimos is currently in town shooting "The Killing of A Sacred Deer" with Nicole Kidman and Colin Farrell. Killer Films, which is scheduled to return for a fourth film in September, along with three additional features to be wrapped up by Christmas.
The film will reveal the relationship of a father who lived and died by the mob code and a son who, while brought up to lead a life of crime, chose to leave that world behind and redeem himself and the Gotti name. Never before has there been such an inside look at the Gotti family and their world of danger, betrayal and redemption. John Gotti was head of the Gambino crime family, which in its time was the largest and most powerful crime organization in the country. Known as the "Dapper Don," John Gotti's flamboyant style and outspoken personality made him one of the most famous mobsters of the 20th century and he ruled the underworld until he died from cancer in 2002 while serving a life sentence. In 1988, at the age of 24, Gotti Jr. became a "made man," and was officially inducted into the Mafia, making him the heir-apparent to head the Gambino crime family and follow in his father's footsteps. But in 1999, Gotti Jr. paid a now-famous last visit to his imprisoned and dying father to tell him he was ending his life of crime and getting out of the family business. During the years that followed his father's death, Gotti Jr. had a long legal battle ahead of him and served three jail sentences, totaling approximately nine years, for a variety of charges. Gotti Jr. was finally released from prison in December 2009.
In an adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's seminal novel The Price of Salt, CAROL follows two women from very different backgrounds who find themselves in an unexpected love affair in 1950s New York. As conventional norms of the time challenge their undeniable attraction, an honest story emerges to reveal the resilience of the heart in the face of change. A young woman in her 20s, Therese Belivet (Rooney Mara), is a clerk working in a Manhattan department store and dreaming of a more fulfilling life when she meets Carol (Cate Blanchett), an alluring woman trapped in a loveless, convenient marriage. As an immediate connection sparks between them, the innocence of their first encounter dims and their connection deepens. While Carol breaks free from the confines of marriage, her husband (Kyle Chandler) begins to question her competence as a mother as her involvement with Therese and close relationship with her best friend Abby (Sarah Paulson) come to light.
In the midst of a prolific career, Miles Davis (Don Cheadle) disappears from public view for a period of five years in the late 1970s. He lives in isolation while dealing with chronic pain from a deteriorating hip, a musical voice inhibited and numbed by drugs and painkillers, and traumatic memories of his past. A music reporter, Dave Braden (Ewan McGregor), forces his way into Davis' house and, over the next couple of days, the two men unwittingly embark on an adventure to recover a stolen tape recording of the musician's most recent compositions.
Davis' mercurial behavior is fueled by memories of his failed marriage to the talented and beautiful dancer Frances Taylor (Emayatzy Corinealdi). During their romance and subsequent marriage, Frances served as Davis' muse. It was during this period that he released several of his signature recordings, including Sketches of Spain (1960) and "Someday My Prince Will Come" (1961). The eight-year marriage was marked by infidelity and abuse, however, and Frances was forced to flee for her own safety as Miles' mental and physical health deteriorated. By the late 1970s, plagued by years of regret and loss, Davis flirts with self-destruction until he once again finds redemption in his music.
That's why in 2010 we camped out at the state capitol to ensure the legislation was not only attractive to filmmakers but also backed by bipartisan support to ensure it's sustainability and long-term success. The Ohio Motion Picture Tax Credit provides a refundable tax credit that equals 30% off on eligible productions.
No matter the scope or budget of your film, we will work with you to find the perfect cast and crew above and below the line. When it comes to casting your film we've got you covered. Cincinnati is home to some of the best regional theater companies in the country and has long been the home of aspiring and accomplished actors of every level. Our people are as diverse as our architecture and can bring a multicultural authenticity to any location or period.
Please feel free to contact us with any questions or to talk to us about how we can help you crew-up for your Cincinnati experience.
Eileen M. Willenborg
1 East Erie, Suite #650
Chicago, IL 60611
In 2017 we will celebrate our 30th Anniversary. For the first time in our history we are broadening our reach and looking for trusted partners to be the pillars of our mission to support the art of Cinema in Cincinnati. To do this we are launching two new donation programs. The first is a new membership and rewards program that delivers insider amenities for film lovers and supporters of this art form. The second is an innovative sponsorship opportunity called 30/30. See how you can participate in either program below.
($12/month for 12 months)
As part of our 30th Anniversary we're looking to fill just 30 spots for our 30/30 partnership program. Membership in the program means you are a trusted partner who is as dedicated to the future of Cinema in Cincinnati as we are and you want to ensure it's continued success. Your investment will help us continue the work we've started and engage the community in deeper more meaningful ways. As a 30/30 partner you can tailor your investment to a number of our initiatives including: