Thirty years of blockbuster movie work began in 1987 and continues today!

Film Cincinnati’s founder, Lori Holladay, believed Cincinnati’s landmarks and landscapes would make great places to film movies.  And she was right.   

Lori strived to make her dream of bringing feature films to our city a reality. This began with Rainman (Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise) followed by Eight Men Out (Charlie Sheen and John Cusack) and Fresh Horses (Molly Ringwald and Andrew McCarthy). She followed these blockbusters with a string of 14 movies, which by 1994, had injected $38 million dollars and 17,000 jobs into the local economy.

In 1997, Kristen Schlotman joined the film commission as a volunteer.  Her work began by coordinating productions and soon she was handed the reigns.  

As Executive Director of Film Cincinnati, Kristen helped to craft the Ohio Motion Picture Tax Credit and has brought numerous movie productions to town including Ides of March (Ryan Gosling, George Clooney), Traffic (Benicio Del Toro, Michael Douglas), Seabiscuit (Tobey Maguire, Jeff Bridges), Elizabethtown (Orlando Bloom, Kirsten Dunst), Carol (Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara), Miles Ahead (Don Cheadle, Ewan McGregor), Goat (Nick Jonas, Ben Schnetzer) and Marauders (Bruce Willis).  

With a total of 10 productions on the ground in Greater Cincinnati, 2016 was the most productive year for film production in the organization’s 30 year history.  These films include: The Life and Death of John Gotti (John Travolta), The Killing of a Sacred Deer (Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman), Mercy (Ellen Page, Kate Mara) and The Public (Emilio Estevez, Alec Baldwin).

Film Cincinnati is proud of the local film industry in our city - past, present and future!