Wishing you and yours a season full of Romance, Comedy, Action, and Suspense. Horror and Drama not so much!
Wishing you and yours a season full of Romance, Comedy, Action, and Suspense. Horror and Drama not so much!
The Underground Academy of Cinematic Arts is proud to announce the 10th annual Golden Lion Awards High School Film Festival on April 27-28, 2019. The festival is currently seeking submissions and is open to high school/middle school students through March 15, 2019.
From the Red Carpet entrance to the late night dance party - Backlot was rocking!
The Elgin & Winter Garden theatres, a classic movie house along Yonge Street, was the site of several TIFF screenings, including Cincinnati’s “the public” and “The Old Man and The Gun.”
Fresh off its gala presentation at the Toronto International Film Festival this week, “the public,” the Cincinnati-filmed drama written, directed and starring Emilio Estevez, was screened Tuesday night for supporters and staff of the Toronto Public Library Foundation at the downtown library branch.
(from left) Director David Lowery, Casey Affleck, Tika Sumpter, Danny Glover, Sissy Spacek and Robert Redford discuss “The Old Man and The Gun” after its screening Monday night at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Emilio Estevez, left, and the cast of “the public” answer questions after the screening of the movie Monday at the Toronto International Film Festival. Included are, from left to right, Estevez, Jenna Malone, Christian Slater, Michael K. Williams, Ryan Dowd, executive director of Hesed House homeless shelter, and Alec Baldwin.
Film Cincinnati Backlot is Saturday, Sept 8 along West Mehring Way. With production crews regularly using Cincinnati as their backdrops for movies, it’s not unusual to see a film crew set up somewhere around town. But seeing what goes on in the middle of the movie set? That’s reserved for the professionals—unless you come to Film Cincinnati’s annual “Backlot” party and experience movie magic firsthand.
Cincinnati native and Vice President for Creative Affairs for legendary French film studio Gaumont, Johanna Byer, is the 2018 recipient of the annual Film Cincinnati Lori Holladay Founder’s Award.
The award, created last year to mark Film Cincinnati’s 30th anniversary, goes to a person or group whose determination and passion for filmmaking serves Cincinnati with the same drive that Lori Holladay exhibited day in and day out for more than 17 years as the executive director of Film Cincinnati.
Byer, a graduate of Cincinnati Country Day, first was attracted to the movie business when her home was a location used in the filming of “Traffic” starring Michael Douglas. She graduated magna cum laude from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California, concentrating on the Business of Cinematic Arts. She started her career at Brillstein Entertainment Partners, then most recently was vice president of development at Working Title Films.
In her present position at Gaumont, she is responsible for launching the new USA film division and is in charge of sourcing the company’s library of more than 1,100 movies to develop and produce English language films. One of those films, “Point Blank,” is now being shot in Cincinnati starring Frank Grillo, Anthony Mackie, Marcia Gay Harden and Teyonah Parris.
“This year the Founder’s Award goes to an individual whose love for our great city is no secret as she brought a production here that is putting millions of dollars into Cincinnati’s economy and creating hundreds of jobs,” said Kristen Schlotman, executive director of Film Cincinnati. “We cannot think of a better recipient than Johanna Byer, who is back home producing ‘Point Blank.’”
She will receive her award at the 2018 Film Cincinnati Backlot fundraiser on Saturday, September 8, along Mehring Way in the Queensgate neighborhood. Tickets to Backlot are available at www.filmcincinnati.com.
He had hinted at retirement from acting a couple of years ago, but on Monday Robert Redford made it official: “The Old Man and The Gun,” shot last year in Cincinnati, will be his final one as an actor.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the 81-year-old Hollywood legend said that while he would “never say never” to performing again, “I pretty well concluded that this would be it for me in terms of acting, and (I’ll) move towards retirement after this, ‘cause I’ve been doing it since I was 21. And why not go out with something that’s very upbeat and positive?”
The Old Man & The Gun, which Redford also produced, co-stars Casey Affleck, Danny Glover, Sissy Spacek and Tom Waits and was shot at several locations around the Cincinnati area. The film, a real-life story about an unrepentant bank robber, will premiere next month at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Redford began his acting career in the 1960s, starring in hit movies like All Is Lost, All the President's Men, Barefoot in the Park, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Great Gatsby, The Horse Whisperer, Indecent Proposal, The Natural, Out of Africa, Pete's Dragon, A River Runs Through It, Spy Game, The Sting, Three Days of the Condor, Up Close and Personal and The Way We Were. In 1982, he won an Academy Award for directing Ordinary People. The actor, who won another Academy Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2002, also founded the Sundance Film Festival.
“Backlot 30,” Film Cincinnati’s celebration of its first three decades, was such a hit last year that we decided to bring it back this year! Hundreds joined us for the street party featuring Emilio Estevez, Rhymefest and a host of Film Cincinnati supporters in a street setting made to look like the back lot of an on-location film shoot.
UFO, written and directed by Ryan Eslinger, stars Golden Globe Winner Gillian Anderson and Tony Award Winner Alex Sharp.
The upcoming action thriller REPRISAL, directed by Brian A. Miller, stars Bruce Willis and Frank Grillo. The film shot on location here in Cincinnati, will be released in theaters and on demand by Lionsgate Premiere on August 31st.
Jacob (Grillo), a bank manager haunted by a violent heist that took the life of a coworker, teams up with his ex-cop neighbor, James (Willis), to bring down the assailant. While the two men work together to figure out the thief’s next move, Gabriel (Johnathon Schaech), the highly-trained criminal, is one step ahead. When Gabriel kidnaps Jacob’s wife (Olivia Culpo) and daughter, Jacob barrels down a path of bloodshed that initiates an explosive counterattack and brings all three men to the breaking point.
Show up, have a Rhinegeist and support Film Cincinnati!
Wednesday, July 25 from 5-8pm at Rhinegeist Brewery. A portion of proceeds benefit the film commission.
We'll be there, will you?
Movie production is gearing up for the summer season with shooting under way in Brown County on the movie, Chance. Based on the real-life story of local baseball star Chance Smith, the movie stars Matthew Modine, most recently in Stranger Things, as the team’s baseball coach. The real coach of Chance’s team, Michael Daly, co-wrote the script and the majority of the movie will be shot where Chance played baseball, Flash Baseball Complex.
Also this month, we’ll get our first look at the Cincinnati-made, John Travolta biopic, Gotti fresh off its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in May. Directed by Kevin Connolly of “Entourage” fame, Gotti will be released in theaters on June 15.
“While John Travolta has kept a steady film presence in recent years, he turned heads back in 2016 for his performance as Robert Shapiro FX's in The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story for which he earned an Emmy nomination,” said Cinema Blend. “Travolta's turn as John Gotti looks like it could potentially be that same kind of award caliber performance, presenting the man as charismatic, yet someone who should definitely be feared.”
Expect a Film Cincinnati special showing of Gotti to be announced soon.
Also mark your calendars for Wednesday, July 25th at Rhinegeist for its “Charitable Suds” event, benefiting Film Cincinnati. We had a blast at the last fundraiser at Corkopolis and we hope to see you at Rhinegeist in July
Join Film Cincinnati at Corkopolis Wine Market & Bar for Corks for a Cause on Thursday, May 24 from 5pm-8pm.
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Warehouse Sale for the Ted Bundy movie: Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile
Saturday, March 3, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Northern Kentucky has been a gracious and welcoming home for the filming of the Ted Bundy movie Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile.
It takes a Shocking amount of work to transform 2018 Northern Kentucky into early 1970’s Pacific North West. As they wrap up the production, the crew is selling all of its movie stuff.
From functional (vintage couches, chairs, wardrobe and lighting fixtures) to collectible (of the period clocks, records, payphone and cash register), all these pieces played key roles in creating a tangible world for the characters to live in. It’s all for sale. Browse and shop the assortment of movie-used props, wardrobe, and set decorations, and go home with a little piece of Hollywood.
Film Cincinnati has partnered with Kroger Community Rewards, AmazonSmile and Giving Assistant. Now it’s easy to donate a portion of the dollars you spend to Film Cincinnati.
The Electronic Media Division at The University of Cincinnati – College-Conservatory of Music is hosting E-Media alum and feature film editor, Elliot Greenberg who will discuss, "The Film and Television Entertainment Industry Through the Lens of Post-production: My Personal Journey" at 12:30 p.m. this Friday, Feb. 23, 2018 in CCM’s Mary Emery Hall Room 3250.
Elliot has been the editor for the feature films "Fantastic Four," "Chronicle," "No Escape," "As Above So Below," "Devil" and many others. He just finished cutting his first television series, "Waco," which is currently airing as part of the launch of the Paramount Network.
Elliot will talk to students about his own career, from breaking into the film industry and rising through the ranks to becoming the lead picture editor on feature films and TV shows. There will be a Q&A session following his presentation and review of some of his work. “I hope that through my own journey, students will gain a better understanding of what it is like to work in Hollywood,” Greenberg says. “From someone who has been exactly where they are now, I hope to show them that getting to work at such a high level in the film/TV business is not as impossible as it might seem, and with a lot of hard work and determination they can achieve their careers goals no matter what the field.”
This is a free event and a fantastic opportunity for all students!