Film Cincinnati Closes Successful Week at TIFF

Film Cincinnati Closes Successful Week at TIFF

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.”

Cincinnati-made “the public” gets special screening at Toronto Public Library

Cincinnati-made “the public” gets special screening at Toronto Public Library

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.

 Emilio Estevez’ “the public” receives standing ovation at TIFF Q&A screening

Emilio Estevez’ “the public” receives standing ovation at TIFF Q&A screening

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.

Brave Berlin brings the magic of movies to Film Cincinnati’s “Backlot”

Brave Berlin brings the magic of movies to Film Cincinnati’s “Backlot”

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.

Hollywood Producer, Cincinnati Native Johanna Byer To Receive Film Cincinnati Founder’s Award

Hollywood Producer, Cincinnati Native Johanna Byer To Receive Film Cincinnati Founder’s Award

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.

Cincinnati-shot “Old Man and the Gun” Robert Redford’s Final Film

Cincinnati-shot “Old Man and the Gun” Robert Redford’s Final Film

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 LostAll the President's MenBarefoot in the ParkButch Cassidy and the Sundance KidThe Great GatsbyThe Horse WhispererIndecent ProposalThe NaturalOut of AfricaPete's DragonA River Runs Through ItSpy GameThe StingThree Days of the CondorUp 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.

Mark Your Calendars, Backlot is Back!

Mark Your Calendars, Backlot is Back!

“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.

Check Out Cincinnati in REPRISAL Official Trailer

Check Out Cincinnati in REPRISAL Official Trailer

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.

Rhinegeist Charitable Suds

Rhinegeist Charitable Suds

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?

Busy Month for Film Cincinnati

Busy Month for Film Cincinnati

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

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Warehouse Sale for the Ted Bundy movie: Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile 

Warehouse Sale for the Ted Bundy movie: Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile 

Warehouse Sale for the Ted Bundy movie: Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile

Saturday, March 3, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

706 York Street, Newport, KY

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.

‘Waco’ TV Series Editor Elliot Greenberg Shares Career Insights with CCM Students

‘Waco’ TV Series Editor Elliot Greenberg Shares Career Insights with CCM Students

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!

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Zac Efron movie, “Extremely Wicked” gives back to Greater Cincinnati

Zac Efron movie, “Extremely Wicked” gives back to Greater Cincinnati

“Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and
Vile,” the Ted Bundy biopic starring Zac Efron and Lily Collins, now
shooting in Greater Cincinnati, is finding time to give back to the
community, from mentoring the next generation of movie makers to feeding the
homeless.

Producers of the film have made giving back to the area a mission of the
production. As an example, motion picture catering at the end of each day is
donated to regional homeless shelters throughout Northern Kentucky and
greater Cincinnati.  And this week, during an extended scene shot on
Covington’s Main Street, the 75 crew members all received production funds
to sample Covington’s local restaurants during their lunch breaks.

The producers also brought in students from Highlands High School in Fort
Thomas to conduct interviews with more than 20 crew members and department
heads during filming. The behind-the-scenes opportunity gave students
insight into job opportunities in the film industry in their own back yard.

“We are thrilled that this film is employing so many locals, are staying in
our hotels in Northern Kentucky, eating in our restaurants, enjoying our
arts and culture,” said Kristen Schlotman, executive director of Film
Cincinnati. “But it’s the giving back to the community in unique ways that
we feel excited about. The fact that they are willing to take time out of
their busy schedules to talk to high school students and give to the
homeless, is a true testament to both the talent in front of and behind the
camera.”

“Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile,” starring Efron as Ted Bundy,
Lily Collins, John Malkovich, Jim Parsons and Kaya Scoledario, continues
on-site production in Greater Cincinnati.

Film Cincinnati on Red Carpet at Santa Barbara International Film Festival

Film Cincinnati on Red Carpet at Santa Barbara International Film Festival

It wouldn’t be much of a stretch to say that Cincinnati took over the red carpet at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival for the World Premiere of the Cincinnati-shot feature, “the public,” written and directed by, and starring, Emilio Estevez.

 

More than 50 friends and supporters of Film Cincinnati, along with cast and crew who worked on “the public,” came to the Santa Barbara Film Festival for the January 31 premiere that kicked off the 33rd annual SBIFF.

 

“Santa Barbara is just the latest film festival to showcase Cincinnati-made films,” said Kristen Schlotman, executive director of Film Cincinnati. “Following Cannes, Sundance and the Toronto International Film Festival, Santa Barbara gives us the chance to show movie makers and producers how Film Cincinnati can help them make world-class feature films.”

 

A full house of more than 2,000 watched the film, which features Estevez as an administrator at the downtown public library in Cincinnati. During an unusually cold winter blast, the homeless who stay in the library during the day refuse to leave at closing time because the shelters are at capacity.

 

There are plenty of scenes to remind Cincinnatians of their city, from the polar bear in the library to downtown panoramas to LaRosa’s pizza boxes. Remarks about Indian Hill and Mt. Adams will bring a chuckle to those who get the insider references.

 

But the story itself is a serious one, and it’s one that public spaces deal with every day: How to serve the underserved population while following the building’s, and the city’s, rules. Estevez deals with the debate with compassion and empathy, while leaving the door open for the viewer to consider what the next steps should be for our society.

 

In the movies, Cincinnati often fills in as 1950s New York or 1970s suburbia. In “the public,” Cincinnati gets to play itself. And in this role, Cincinnati shines. 

 Film Cincinnati Takes Center Stage at SBIFF

Film Cincinnati Takes Center Stage at SBIFF

Tonight is a big night in the 30-year history of Film Cincinnati, as the movie, “the public,” has its world premiere tonight as the opening film at the 33rd annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF).

While hundreds of movies, features and commercials have been shot in Cincinnati, this is one time that Cincinnati gets to play itself, as the Emilio Estevez-written film is set in Cincinnati—specifically, the public library downtown.

“Tonight’s world premiere is a special moment for the film, but it’s also a special moment for Film Cincinnati,” said Kristen Schlotman, executive director. “It shows that Cincinnati’s locations, crews and extras are deserving of the international film spotlight.”

We have a delegation of more than 50 from Cincinnati in Santa Barbara supporting Film Cincinnati, and supporting ‘the public.’ It is a time for Film Cincinnati to walk the red carpet and take its place among the major film destinations for movie makers, producers and financiers.

Film Cincinnati could not have made it here without the support of our supporters, partners and donors who help continue the work of bringing major motion pictures into the Greater Cincinnati area. We are proud to have Film Cincinnati walk the red carpet tonight and are looking forward to many more opportunities to come to show off Cincinnati to the film industry.