CLEVELAND – Four more films have plans to shoot in Ohio, bringing hundreds of jobs to the area.
The Ohio Film Office said 24 films, television series, and commercials are being assisted by the Motion Picture Tax Credit since the program began in 2010.
The independent films include Liberal Arts (starring How I Met Your Mother actor and Columbus-native Josh Radnor), Old Fashioned, Over the Wall (starring Kim Basinger, Nick Stahl, and Freddy Rodriguez), and Seven Below Zero (starring Val Kilmer).
“With recent movies such as Unstoppable, Ides of March, The Avengers, and more, Ohio is seeing a boom of interest from Hollywood,” said James A. Leftwich, Director of the Ohio Department of Development, in a news release. “These films will provide an economic boost to the communities that serve as sets and continue to grow Ohio’s film industry into something Ohioans can be proud of.”
Since the tax credit began, the Ohio Film Office has provided more than $29 million in tax credits to Ohio productions, which have employed more than 9,000 Ohioans and contributed nearly $120 million to Ohio’s economy, the release said.
“Liberal Arts” will receive a $229,909 Motion Picture Tax Credit to shoot in the City of Gambier around Kenyon College, as well as the City of Columbus. The film, written and directed by Josh Radnor, centers around a 30 something man and a co-ed, who spark a friendship due to their mutual love of books and music, but their age difference complicates the blossoming relationship. The project is expected to hire approximately 170 Ohioans as part of the cast and crew.
“Old Fashioned” will receive a $140,955 Motion Picture Tax Credit to shoot in Tuscarawas County. The film, produced by Nathan Nazario, an area native, revolves around a charming but lonely, idealistic antique shop owner who meets a free-spirited young woman running from an abusive relationship. Together they attempt an old fashion courtship in contemporary America. The project is expected to hire approximately 60 Ohioans as part of the cast and crew. Auditions will be held June 26-27 at the Performing Arts Center at Kent State University’s Performing Arts Center.
“Over the Wall” will receive a $1.6 million Motion Picture Tax Credit to shoot in Darke, Mercer and Stark counties in late summer and early fall of 2011. The film is set in the world of professional stock-car racing, which centers on a violent tragedy that rips the characters’ lives apart in a story of love, betrayal, and revenge. The project is expected to hire more than 600 Ohioans as part of the cast and crew.
“Seven Below Zero” will receive a $335,722 Motion Picture Tax Credit to shoot in the cities of Goshen, Cincinnati, and surrounding areas in mid-summer of 2011. The film is about a tour bus accident that leaves six travelers trapped in a home where a murder happened 100 years ago. The characters begin to experience strange phenomenon and wonder if spirits are trying to warn them or harm them. The project is expected to hire approximately 60 Ohioans as part of the cast and crew.
The production companies will only receive the tax credit upon the completion of production.
For more information on how to get involved with the films, visit www.ohiofilmoffice.com .