A Good Night for Cincinnati at the Oscars

A Good Night for Cincinnati at the Oscars

While a Cincinnati-made movie didn’t bring home an Oscar at Sunday’s Academy Awards, it was still a good night for the city as two women from the area took home top awards for their categories.

      Film Cincinnati and our community partners welcome Christine Vachon of Killer Films for one night only!   She will share behind-the-scenes stories from her life and career as an independent producer.  She has produced award winning and nominated films, including  Far From Heaven ,  Carol  and  First Reformed .   Wednesday, March 6th  7pm  Jarson-Kaplan Theater  Tickets available on Feb 27th at Cincinnatiarts.org and at the Aronoff Center ticket box office  General admission $20     Students Free  Thank you to our community partners:  Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati   Northern Kentucky University | Electronic Media & Broadcasting  Women in Film Cincinnati   University of Cincinnati | Center for Film & Media Studies  Cindependent Film Festival  The Underground Academy of Cinematic Arts   Golden Lion High School Film Festival

The Film Cincinnati Speaker Series welcomes Christine Vachon of Killer Films in Cincinnati for one night only! She will share behind-the-scenes stories from her life and career as an independent producer.  She has produced award winning and nominated films, including Far From HeavenCarol and First Reformed.

The Sun Sets on Sundance

The Sun Sets on Sundance

“It’s exciting to have Film Cincinnati’s reputation and work play out on the Sundance stage

The Selling of Sundance

The Selling of Sundance

The Sundance premiere of the Cincinnati-filmed Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, reviews continue to pour in for the movie and, in particular, Zac Efron’s portrayal of mass murderer Ted Bundy. photo: Zac Efron and Lily Collins attend the premiere Friday night of Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile at the Eccles Theater in Park City

Call for Entries - 2019 Golden Lion Awards High School Film Festival

Call for Entries - 2019 Golden Lion Awards High School Film Festival

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.

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.