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. 

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“HAUNT” Latest Feature to Shoot in Greater Cincinnati

“HAUNT” Latest Feature to Shoot in Greater Cincinnati

 Production is under way in Northern Kentucky on the latest feature film to come to this area in partnership with Film Cincinnati, “HAUNT,” now shooting in Covington.

“HAUNT” is a horror/thriller from writer/directors Scott Beck and Bryan Woods, according to producer Mark Fasano of Nickel City Pictures. The feature is expected to shoot for five weeks in Northern Kentucky.

"'HAUNT' is just the latest motion picture to take advantage of the tax incentives offered to moviemakers in Ohio and Kentucky” said Kristen Schlotman, executive director of Film Cincinnati. “We are excited to welcome another production company to the region that can use the resources available to filmmakers here. We are especially thrilled to see the impact directly in Northern Kentucky.”

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