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Film Cincinnati


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Film Cincinnati


We're on a mission:


Film Cincinnati is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to attracting, promoting and cultivating film, television and commercial production throughout Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.

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.


Film Cincinnati Executive Director Kristen Schlotman

Film Cincinnati Executive Director Kristen Schlotman

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.

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Production News


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Production News


Production News:


With a total of 10 productions completed or, on schedule to be completed in Greater Cincinnati, 2016 will be the most productive year for film production in the our organization's 30 year history.

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.


Recent Cincinnati Productions:

John Travolta as John Gotti

The life and death of John Gotti

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.

 
Carol stars Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara

Carol stars Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara

Carol

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.

 
Don Cheadle Directs and Stars as Miles Davis

Don Cheadle Directs and Stars as Miles Davis

Miles Ahead

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.

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The Ohio Tax Incentive


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The Ohio Tax Incentive


30% ABOVE AND BELOW THE LINE,
no cap per project:


THIS IS OHIO, WE DON'T MESS AROUND. When it comes to state tax incentives we know filmmakers have choices.

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.


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Crew & Services


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Crew & Services


Crew and services:


We've been building a film industry here in Cincinnati for 30 years. From lighting and electrical, hair and makeup to camera rental and operation we literally have generations of qualified crew to help ensure your production runs as smooth as possible. 

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.


Local Union Offices:

Screen Actors Guild - SAG

Eileen M. Willenborg
1 East Erie, Suite #650
Chicago, IL  60611

Phone: 312-573-8081
Fax: 1-800-599-1675

IATSE Local #209 - Studio Mechanics

Jonathan Andrews
1468 West 9th St., Suite 200
Cleveland, OH  44115

Phone: 216-621-9537; 216-789-2337
Fax: 216-621-3518

 

AFTRA Tri-State Local

Kim Davis
700 W. Pete Rose Way, Suite 124
Cincinnati, OH  45203

Phone: 513-579-8668
Fax: 513-579-1617

Teamsters Local 100

Dave Webster, President
2100 Oak Rd.
Cincinnati, OH  45241

Phone: 513-769-5100
Fax: 513-769-4420

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Join Our Mission


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Join Our Mission


Join our mission:


Cinema and New Media will always play a role in popular culture as a vehicle to tell great stories, to document history and to ignite the imagination.

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. 


Film Cincinnati membership

One Year Rising Star Membership - $30

  • Newsletter
  • Lottery for Premiere Drawings
  • Logo Patch

One Year Supporting Role - $100

  • Newsletter
  • Film Commission T-shirt / Patch
  • Notifications for extras casting
  • Lottery for Premiere Drawings

One Year Starring Role - $500

  • Newsletter
  • Film Commission T-Shirt / Patch
  • Notifications for extra casting with direct phone calls
  • Lottery for Premiere Drawing
  • Two tickets to annual event

Sustainable Member 12x12 - $144

($12/month for 12 months)

Become a Member of Film Cincinnati

30/30 Partnership program

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:

  • First class film premiere's (ongoing)
  • Film Cincinnati Trailer (to be screened in all local theaters)
  • Keynote presentation for schools and businesses
  • Film Cincinnati swag / branding
  • Film Cincinnati strategic social media plan and implementation
  • Media compilation and public relation plan (Gameday)
  • Media collection of client testimonials / Fireside chats with special guests
  • Film Festivals and Brand Activation at industry events
  • Artworks Film Mural / Blink piece
  • 30th Anniversary Backlot Party

Additional Benefits Include:

  • Newsletter
  • Film Commission T-Shirt / Patch for 10
  • Preferred Vendor Listing / Partner on Web site and all promos (including local theaters)
  • Guest Speaker at place of business from Film Commission
  • Invite to all Film Commission events including Premiere’s, Film Festivals, and 
  • Kick off / Wrap Parties 
  • Set visit as a guest of Film Commission Director
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Contact Us


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Our offices are located at 602 Main Street, Suite 712, Cincinnati, OH, 45202