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Cincinnati continues success on the big screen


Cincinnati is set to make another big splash on the big screen.

Three movies shot around the Queen City will be screened next week at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah.  Add to that the award buzz that ‘Carol’ is receiving, and you can say things are good for the movie business in Cincinnati these days.

"We truly are becoming a first-class destination for film production,” said Kristen Schlotman who is the executive director of the Greater Cincinnati Film Commission.

Leading that charge right now is the movie ‘Carol’ and its five Golden Globe nominations, and six Oscar nods.

"Cincinnati's getting a name for itself,” Schlotman said.

On top of the ‘Carol’ accolades, these three movies, all shot in Cincinnati, will be screened at the Sundance Film Festival:

-‘The Fits’

‘The Fits’ is a psychological portrait of 11-year-old Toni-a tomboy assimilating to a tight-knit dance team in Cincinnati's West End. Directed by Anna Rose Holmer, the film features actors: Royalty Hightower, Alexis Neblett and Makyla Burnam.

-‘Miles Ahead’

‘Miles Ahead,’ is an exploration of the life and music of Miles Davis directed and starring Don Cheadle along with actors:  Ewan McGregor and Michael Stuhlbarg.


‘Goat’ tells the story of a 19 year-old boy, reeling from a terrifying assault who enrolls into college with his brother and pledges the same fraternity. What happens there, in the name of "brotherhood" tests the boy and his loyalty to his brother in brutal ways. Directed by Andrew Neel, the film features actors:  Nick Jonas, Virginia Gardner and Ben Schnetzer.

The Cincinnati Film Commission will lead a group to the movie festival along with representatives from the Haile Foundation, the Johnson Foundation, Brave Berlin and Game Day Communications. Chef Jean-Robert de Cavel will prepare a Film Commission-hosted brunch on Sunday, Jan. 24 for film industry decision makers.

The plan is to promote Greater Cincinnati as a film-making destination and to support the three movies filmed in Cincinnati that will be screened at the festival.  The three movies will all be screened on January 22.

At the Sundance Festival, Schlotman will unveil results from a new Economic Impact Study on the Film Industry in Cincinnati prepared by the University of Cincinnati.

"We want to be there to support those filmmakers, as well as let the rest of the industry know that these projects are coming out of Cincinnati and more projects can come here and succeed as these have,” Schlotman told FOX19 NOW.

So much attention is on Ohio for films, Schlotman says that the state's incentive dollars are maxed out until July.  Cincinnati's unique architecture is a draw, too.  The films here have left behind millions of dollars, tons of jobs and exposure that money can't buy.

"Certainly we're seeing an uptick in tourism.  The city's on a roll right now.  Hotel occupancies are up.  Visitor visits are up,” said Julie Calvert with the Cincinnati USA Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The hope is that the trend, and success, will continue.

"It's a great city to live, to work, to make movies, to visit.  All those things are starting to come together like we've never seen before,” Calvert told FOX19 NOW.

Schlotman told FOX19 NOW on Friday that at least three projects are set to start production in Cincinnati soon.  She declined to disclose further details, but did say that the people of Cincinnati will recognize the names involved “more so than ever.”

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