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.  

A Kind of Murder

A Kind of Murder

In 1960s New York, Walter Stackhouse is a successful architect married to the beautiful Clara who leads a seemingly perfect life. But his fascination with an unsolved murder leads him into a spiral of chaos as he is forced to play cat-and-mouse with a clever killer and an overambitious detective, while at the same time lusting after another woman.

2016 has been a banner year

2016 has been a banner year

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 our organization's 30 year history.

The life and death of 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.

Carol

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.

Miles Ahead

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.