George Clooney Film to begin production in Cincinnati USA01/14/2011
Film Commission seeks community support of high profile productionCINCINNATI (January 10, 2011) – The Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Film Commission confirmed today that the George Clooney film, "Ides of March" will begin filming scenes in Cincinnati USA in February, 2011. The film company, Smokehouse Pictures, has been scouting locations since the end of October, building their local crew base, finalizing hotel room nights, and meeting with city officials to understand how Cincinnati can best support this high profile project.
In partnership with the State of Ohio, this will be one of the largest films to take advantage of Ohio's Motion Picture Incentive, a bi-partisan plan that passed two years ago. Although Ohio's State Film Commissioner, Jeremy Henthorne resigned Friday, Cincinnati Film Commission's Executive Director, Kristen Erwin said, "It's business as usual in Cincinnati." She added she hopes the new administration sees the importance of these types of jobs and dollars in the State of Ohio and keep incentives moving forward. The Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky Commission remains one of the oldest film commission's in the country.
When asked to comment additionally on "Ides," Kristen went on to say, "If this film crew, including George Clooney, has a great experience, we will have the ultimate marketing tool for our region to attract more Hollywood films. We want George Clooney and his team to feel we are a a film friendly city and to understand how excited we are to welcome back one of our own."
The film will also shoot scenes in Michigan, a state which offers 42 percent back to Hollywood in incentives for film production. With that in mind, Erwin is asking for community support of the film and offers the following advice:
1) Be location friendly: If your location is used, keep it under your hat until after they have completed filming "on site."
2) Be film friendly: Recognize the process and respect distance while filming for the greater chance of future films coming to the area.
3) Open your doors and places of business: Crews love to enjoy local nightlife and weekend activities. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have "specials" downtown you would like the crew to be aware of in February and March.
The film will shoot over 26 locations in the area. Smokehouse Partner and producer, Grant Heslov stated, "We're extremely happy to be shooting in Cincinnati. The Film Commission has been amazing and we would not be able to shoot as many days in the state without their help and hard work."