AMERICA'S GOT TALENT COMING TO CINCINNATI

AMERICA'S GOT TALENT COMING TO CINCINNATI

NBC's America's Got Talent is coming to Cincinnati to hold auditions for the 13th season of the show on November 14th at the Duke Energy Convention Center. 

You can either do open call auditions or submit a video by November 5 and be at the front of the audition line.

The judges for Season 13 have not been confirmed but last season the judges were Howie Mandel, Simon Cowell, Melanie Brown, and Heidi Klum. Tyra Banks began hosting the show last season and will likely return.

To sign up, visit americasgottalentaudition.com

George Clooney talks about his Cincinnati childhood at TIFF

George Clooney talks about his Cincinnati childhood at TIFF

One of the most anticipated films of the Toronto International Film Festival, Suburbicon, directed by one of Cincinnati’s favorite sons, George Clooney, came from the Venice Film Festival straight to weekend showings here at TIFF. Clooney, who brought the production of The Ides of March to Cincinnati more than seven years ago, wrote Suburbicon along with the Coen brothers and his long-time writing partner Grant Heslov. The feature played to a packed house at Roy Thomson Hall in the heart of TIFF’s Festival Street Sunday afternoon, and Clooney came on stage after the showing for a quick Q & A with the audience.

The story, not to give anything away, is a mix of race relations in the late 1950s and the angst of a dysfunctional relationship between Matt Damon’s character and that of Juliette Moore (playing twins). In the Q&A, Clooney referenced his upbringing in Greater Cincinnati as an influence as to the inflection of the movie that depicts racial conflict in the 50’s.

“I grew up in Kentucky during the civil rights movement,” Clooney said, “and we really thought we were moving in the right trajectory, we thought that we got rid of segregation, we thought we were going to head this whole thing off at the pass and finally get rid of it. We saw it and we never really completed it.”

He also talked about the relationship between the tone of the movie and today’s political tone. “I’m not sure movies are very good at doing topical stories,” Clooney said. “The conversations we were talking about when we were writing was not about Charlottesville, it was about Mexicans and Muslims.

“It takes two years to make a movie, so I think what films DO right, is talking about subjects that are socially relevant. What they can do is put a pin in a moment in time and remind us of where we were and what we were thinking, and we do that very well.”

He also talked about how, as a producer, you need to work with the actors to tell the story. “It’s your responsibility to tell them what movie they’re gonna be in. So they’re all acting in the same way. Luckily, I had these insanely talented actors. The tone in general, I had to set it, here’s the playground we’re playing on. And then you guys take it from there.”

He also referenced his Cincinnati childhood to reflect on the social and racial messages in the movie. “Unfortunately, you don’t have to be a soothsayer to realize that we’re going to constantly have to be dealing with these issues. My father (Nick) was an anchorman in Cincinnati, and I remember at one point there were six skinheads protesting on Fountain Square (In Cincinnati) so he had to go down and cover the story and watch six idiots running around doing stupid things.

“And he takes the camera and goes to the top of Carew Tower, which was (then) the tallest building in Cincinnati and he shoots down on these six little idiots with probably a thousand people around yelling at them. Because he wanted to put into perspective how much they really represented the city of 400,000 and really our country. They don’t represent us. They don’t represent who we are.”

Suburbicon shows again at TIFF on Wednesday, September 13. 

 Film Cincinnati Makes Early Statement at Toronto International Film Festival

Film Cincinnati Makes Early Statement at Toronto International Film Festival

Greetings from Toronto, on the first full day of film screening for the Toronto International Film Festival, running from now until September 17 in the heart of downtown. And after a strong showing at the Cannes Film Festival this spring, Film Cincinnati wasted no time making its presence known here on the international cinema scene with one of two Cincinnati-made movies to be shown at TIFF.

Opening the day’s Gala Presentation screenings at 8:30 a.m. this morning was the World Premiere of My Days of Mercy, the Ellen Page/Kate Mara vehicle that was shot in Cincinnati. Reviews were quick to come in, including this from Variety:

“Page, in the middle of a very busy year, gives one of her best performances in a tailor-made role. Mara is fine as a character whose elusiveness ultimately transcends plot device.”

And this review, from IndieWire: “The greatest triumph of ‘My Days of Mercy’ is that it handles such heavy subject matter (capital punishment) with grace and — mercifully — as light a touch as good taste will allow.”

Mercy will show again on Monday, September 11, and then again throughout the final weekend of TIFF.

Also having its North American premiere here at TIFF is the Cannes Film Festival’s critically acclaimed “The Killing of a Sacred Deer,” the Nicole Kidman/Colin Farrell motion picture shot in Cincinnati last year. It opened Thursday night and will show again Saturday, September 9 and Sunday, September 10.

And another movie with Cincinnati-ties, George Clooney puts on his director’s hat to debut his newest drama, Suburbicon, starring Matt Damon and Julianne Moore. The movie is screened throughout the weekend—the cast news conference is Sunday afternoon.

Expect more Cincinnati-made films to make their way to TIFF next year, and to Sundance this winter. 

Two Cincinnati-Made Films Debut at Toronto International Film Festival

Two Cincinnati-Made Films Debut at Toronto International Film Festival

Two movies made in Cincinnati during this past year, My Days of Mercy and The Killing of a Sacred Deer, are among the international film lineup to be shown during the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival, September 7-17 in Toronto.

My Days of Mercy (formerly known as Mercy) will have its world premiere on Friday, September 8 as one of the Festival’s Gala Presentations. Oscar nominee Ellen Page is Lucy, the daughter of a man on death row. She and her sister are regular attendees at state executions across the Midwest, where they demonstrate in favor of abolishing the death penalty. At one such event, Lucy spots and eventually falls for Mercy (Kate Mara), daughter of a police officer whose partner was killed by a man about to receive a lethal injection. Mercy is there to celebrate justice served.

Also making its North American premiere is the Cincinnati-made The Killing of a Sacred Deer, starring Nicole Kidman and Colin Farrell, coming off its critically-acclaimed World Premiere at the Cannes Film Festival. Its first showing will be opening day of the Festival, Thursday, September 7.

“Having two of our Cincinnati-made films featured at the Toronto Film Festival is a testament to the quality of filmmaking in our area,” said Kristen Schlotman, executive director of Film Cincinnati. “To have Cincinnati represented again on the international cinema stage shows the level of talent, both in front of and behind the camera, that we can offer to directors.”

Other highly-anticipated films being shown in Toronto include Suburbicon, directed by George Clooney and starring Matt Damon and Julianne Moore, Battle of the Sexes, starring Emma Stone and Steve Carell as Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs, and the Lady Gaga documentary, Gaga: Five Foot Two.

Film Cincinnati marks its 30th year of bringing quality productions to greater Cincinnati with a “Backlot 30” Gala on Saturday, September 23 in the Over-the-Rhine area. Tickets are still available at http://www.filmcincinnati.com/backlot30

You’re the Star as Film Cincinnati Celebrates 30 Years of Movie Making

You’re the Star as Film Cincinnati Celebrates 30 Years of Movie Making

Let’s face it, 30 years of anything is cause for celebration, whether it’s an anniversary, a birthday or the number of years in business. This fall, Film Cincinnati has 30 years of movie making to celebrate with its “Backlot 30” street party scheduled for Saturday, September 23 in the Findlay Market neighborhood.

If you’ve ever wondered what it was like to work on a movie set, this is your chance to experience it firsthand. From the time you arrive until the time the director says, “It’s a wrap,” you’ll be treated like a star at “Backlot 30,” starting with a red carpet photocall entrance.

Once on the “back lot,” you’ll be immersed in the magic of movie making as directors set up shots, extras scurry from one scene to the other and special effects set the mood. It’s going to be a once-in-a-lifetime look at how movies are made, right here in Cincinnati.

Of course, as movies are made, crews get hungry, so we haven’t forgotten “craft services” as food stations and specialty bars will be set up along the movie lots and a DJ and dance floor will be part of the evening.

It’s a fun way to celebrate movie making’s past and future here in Cincinnati, but there’s an important message that goes along with the party: Film Cincinnati is big business in our area. The movie industry contributed $38.3 million to the local economy in 2016, its largest impact yet and twice as much as the industry’s economic impact in 2015.

That same economic impact study from the University of Cincinnati Economics Center also mentioned that the 10 productions filmed in the Cincinnati area last year added the equivalent of 409 jobs to the local economy and increased earnings of $13.6 million. As film crews take advantage of the talented extras and skilled crafts workers based here, the industry is expected to grow exponentially as more producers find out about the resources available to them in the Greater Cincinnati area.

So Saturday, September 23 is our day to celebrate with you. Sunday, September 24, it’s right back to work finding more productions for our area for the next 30 years. No matter how you look at it, from cast members to crew, from donors to corporate partners, it’s simple: Film Cincinnati means business. 

Bruce Willis Action Movie to Start Filming in Cincinnati

Bruce Willis Action Movie to Start Filming in Cincinnati

Filming begins August 7 in Cincinnati for the action film Reprisal, starring Bruce Willis and directed by Brian A. Miller, whose work includes the movies Vice, The Prince and Officer Down.

After his bank is violently and elaborately robbed, the assistant manager struggles to overcome his PTSD and continue taking care of his young diabetic daughter. With the police investigation going nowhere, he mounts his own investigation and tracks down the sociopathic criminal. Joining Willis in the cast is social media influencer Olivia Culpo as Christina.

Willis most recently was in Cincinnati shooting the 2016 release, Marauders. Known for playing wisecracking or hard-edged characters, Willis has appeared in films that have grossed in excess of $2.5 billion, placing him in the Top 10 stars in terms of box office receipts.

 Reprisal is produced by Stephen J. Eads, Randall Emmett, George Furla and Mark Stewart. Emmett/Furla Oasis films most recently filmed the action thriller Escape Plan 2 and Acts of Violence. Besides Marauders, the production company also is responsible for Cincinnati-shot movies Inconceivable and The Life and Death of John Gotti.

“It's been fantastic filming in Cincinnati,” said Emmett. “The community, the locations are amazing to work with.  We love making movies here.”

 “We are excited to welcome Emmett/Furla Oasis films back to Cincinnati,” said Kristen Schlotman, executive director of Film Cincinnati. “Their familiarity with the city as well as our excellent talent pool of extras and crewmembers keeps bringing them back to make more feature films.”

 

Film Cincinnati Is Big News in Cannes

Film Cincinnati Is Big News in Cannes

Film Cincinnati’s recent trip to the Cannes Film Festival not only put the organization on the world’s cinema stage, it also became big news back home.

Celebrating Two Anniversaries in Cannes

Celebrating Two Anniversaries in Cannes

As the Cannes Film Festival begins its second week of movie premieres and showings, it also is celebrating its 70th anniversary. At the same time, it’s also a milestone year for Film Cincinnati, marking 30 years in the movie business. 

Film Cincinnati Heading to Cannes Film Festival

Film Cincinnati Heading to Cannes Film Festival

Representatives of Film Cincinnati, including Kristen Schlotman, executive director, will be leaving Wednesday for the Cannes Film Festival in support of Cincinnati-made movies, including The Killing of a Sacred Deer, shot in the Cincinnati area last year.

 Sometimes Moving Forward takes a bit of Looking Back

Sometimes Moving Forward takes a bit of Looking Back

Thirty years of blockbuster movie work began in Cincinnati in 1987 and continues today!

Film Cincinnati’s founder, Lori Holladay, believed our city's landmarks and landscapes would make great places to film movies.  And she was right.   

Open Extras Call for New Robert Redford Movie

Open Extras Call for New Robert Redford Movie

D. Lynn Meyers Casting is holding an open call for extras for the movie "The Old Man and The Gun" to be filmed in Cincinnati and starring Robert Redford, Casey Affleck, Sissy Spacek and Danny Glover. The open call will be held on Thursday, March 9, 4 pm to 8pm

Join us for the Oscars

Join us for the Oscars

Join us at the Esquire Theatre for the 89th Academy Awards! Watch the Academy Awards live on the big screen. Cindy Patrick from WRRM-FM / WARM 98 will host a fun evening featuring trivia & prizes. 

Film Cincinnati - 30 years of just getting started

Film Cincinnati - 30 years of just getting started

In 2017 Film Cincinnati celebrates 30 years of successful film production in our city and a grand reason to celebrate! As a result of the increased Ohio Motion Picture Incentive Program, we have been able to bring a consistent flow of productions to our area increasing local employment and spending, helping small businesses grow, and building our reputation as a quality film location.

Latest Estevez Production to Begin Filming in Cincinnati this January

Latest Estevez Production to Begin Filming in Cincinnati this January

CINCINNATI (December 9, 2016) – A new Emilio Estevez film starring Alec Baldwin, Taylor Schilling, Jena Malone and Che "Rhymefest" Smith will begin filming in Cincinnati in January 2017, announced Kristen Schlotman, executive director of Film Cincinnati today.

Miles Ahead Soundtrack Nominated for Grammy Award

Miles Ahead Soundtrack Nominated for Grammy Award

Miles Ahead – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack has received a GRAMMY® nomination for Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media. Miles Ahead starring Don Cheadle and Ewan McGregor was filmed in Cincinnati in 2014.  The movie is an exploration of the life and music of Miles Davis.