The Best Places to Live and Work as a Moviemaker 2019: Small Cities and Towns

5. Cincinnati, Ohio

“One thing I always hear from clients coming into town, with a sense of surprise, is: People in Cincinnati are so nice!,” says Kristen Erwin Schlotman, Executive Director of Film Cincinnati, on how the city impresses visitors with charm, and enthusiasm for cinema. “Cincinnati knows how to embrace films and how to be efficient, how to answer their questions and make their experience the best possible,” she adds. “Every single film company that has come to Cincinnati to shoot has returned for a second, third, fourth time, and so on. This is a testament to how welcoming and ‘quality’ the people, crews, and talent are.”

Another testament is the work: At least 10 pictures have filmed here in the last four years. Over the summer the Netflix action film Point Blank, starring Anthony Mackie, filmed here. Originally conceived as an L.A. story, the script was rewritten to accommodate Cincinnati once it was chosen as a cost-friendly alternative. Bruce Willis returned to Queen City in late summer for filming the action thriller 10 Minutes Gone downtown. Cast and crew were spotted at the historic Guilford building and had Fourth Street blocked for filming.

Cincinnati, described as an “open-air film set” in last year’s list, is becoming booked.

The unique skyline of Cincinnati fills the screen in Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Killing of a Sacred Deer. Image Courtesy of A24.

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4 Comments

  1. Michelle Daniels

    February 4, 2019 at 10:15 am

    Cumming, Georgia is a great film city too! There’s so much filming happening there and it’s a small suburb just north of Atlanta. Ozark called this city home – there’s other productions that have discovered it, too.

  2. Pearl Spa KC

    January 24, 2019 at 1:31 am

    Kansas City rocks!`

  3. Rebecca Gibson

    January 17, 2019 at 7:46 pm

    Winnipeg! Not to brag, but there is about to be a BOOM here. The community is amazing, so welcoming to production (not burned). The architecture is glorious, there are four beautiful seasons, the crews are not only competent – but tenacious and deeply talented. There is a tax credit unparalleled in any other Canadian centre that was made permanent by the provincial government 2 days ago. Great hospitality, diverse people – strong and experienced producers. It’s the world’s best kept secret in film, and it’s only getting better.

    • Eric C Oveson

      January 19, 2019 at 3:07 pm

      That is interesting, had no idea.I am sensing there is going to be a big change overall in the industry too, like how many times can you see a film and it’s LA or New York ?

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