Emilio Estevez asks council for support of film commission

Emilio Estevez and Kristen Erwin
Emilio Estevez and Kristen Erwin

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Actor and director Emilio Estevez showed up to Cincinnati City Hall Wednesday to ask council for its continued financial support of the local film commission.

The Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Film Commission received $75,000 last year and the latest motion out of council restores its funding to $50,000.

Estevez is currently preparing to film Johnny Longshot in the Cincinnati area.

He says the movie is expected to create 1200 to 1500 jobs.

"It's part of my mission to put Cincinnati on the map so that the rest of Hollywood knows that this is a very film friendly location," said Estevez.

"Just one film alone has a significant economic footprint on the community and these are dollars that we don't want to see go to other states. They are jobs that are sustainable here," said Kristen Erwin, executive director of the film commission.

Because the film is expected to be a part of a franchise, Estevez says they could be back to shoot the sequels.

The film is getting about $3.8 million in an estimated Ohio Motion Picture Tax Credit.

The family-friendly film is about a retired jockey who lives in Cincinnati and longs to get back in the saddle.

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