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

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

Annual Lists

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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