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Our Silver Skyline

By: Jonathan Herbert

The Oscar-winning film, Rain Man sparked filmmaking in Cincinnati more than thirty years ago. I remember watching Tom Cruise driving across the Roebling Bridge back in 1988. Fast forward to Bruce Willis running across the same bridge to save the day in the thriller, Reprisal in 2018. Cincinnati has gone from a quaint theatrical setting in random films to the desired destination for some of Hollywood’s biggest names in the Film Industry. 

Film Cincinnati. Led by a very active and successful, Executive Director, Kristen Schlotman. She started as a production assistant in 1997 and has been Executive Director since 2002. Founded in 1987. They are a 501 c 3 non-profit corporation accepting charitable donations that are tax-deductible through both individuals and companies. 

This organization has had such a positive impact on the tri-state for many years. Not only does it put the Queen City on display for the world to see, but it also provides positive financial growth for our people and our city. The Cincinnati Reds, University of Cincinnati, and Martha and Carl III Lindner are part of the many businesses that provide annual support for Film Cincinnati. 

According to MovieMaker magazine, Cincinnati has made the list of best cities in North America to make a movie. Queen City ranks 13th in 2021, 14th in 2020. Ohio offers a 30% motion picture tax credit, lower cost of living, and of course, our picturesque downtown skyline. 2021 is shaping up to be a big year for our local film industry. 

Local tri-state talent has an excellent opportunity to get involved. Visit, follow @filmcincinnati on Facebook, or @filmcinnati on Instagram.

You can donate and become a part of the big picture or contact Tassy Taylor at or 513-784-1744 for information about supporting Film Cincinnati.

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