COLUMBUS -- The Ohio Film Office has secured four more films to be shot in Ohio, bringing the total number of films, television series, and commercials assisted by the Motion Picture Tax Credit to 24 since the program began in 2010.
In all, the films should hire about 900 Ohioans to be cast as extras and be part of the crews. With the exception of the movie "Old Fashioned," (see below) no casting dates have been set yet.
Check online at the Ohio Film Office website for updates.
The independent films include "Liberal Arts," starring "How I Met Your Mother" actor/Columbus-native Josh Radnor. The movie company will receive a $229,909 Motion Picture Tax Credit to shoot in Gambier around Kenyon College, as well as 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.
The second movie, "Old Fashioned," will receive a $140,955 Motion Picture Tax Credit to shoot in Tuscarawas County.
"Old Fashioned" 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.
The film, produced by Nathan Nazario, 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 fashioned courtship in contemporary America.
The third movie, "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.
The fourth movie, "Seven Below Zero," stars Val Kilmer. It 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.
"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.
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.