FilmDayton’s first success in bringing a major motion picture to town, filmed in Dayton last April and has finally got a release date and a trailer.
Based on the true story of Forrest Tucker and his audacious escape from San Quentin at the age of 70 to an unprecedented string of heists that confounded authorities and enchanted the public. Fox searchlight has announced it will be in select theaters 9.28.18.
The Old Man & the Gun, starring Robert Redford, Danny Glover, Casey Affleck and Sissy Spacek, spent 2 days last spring on Second Street and in the Liberty Tower as well as the roof of the Talbott Tower. The majority of the film was made in Cincinnati, but just those two days of filming created an economic impact of over $200,000. From hotel rooms at the UD Marriott, parking spaces at the Arts Garage, cranes from Art’s Rentals, cars and vans from Enterprise Rent A Car, coffee from Boston Stoker and Table 33, pizza from Marion’s, dry cleaning from Reiber Cleaners and location fees to local businesses used for sets and staging. Not to mention local crew hires that brought money and taxes to the region.
Films have been coming to Ohio on a much steadier basis since the creation of the Ohio Motion Picture Tax Credit in 2009. Currently there is $40 million dollars a year available in tax credits and that money has been fully exhausted in the last two year. There is currently legislation proposing an expansion of Ohio’s tax credit for motion pictures produced in the state H.B. 525 that would more than double the current motion picture tax credit from $40 million to $100 million. It also awards credits twice annually for productions that spend at least $300,000 in-state.
When the Ohio Motion Picture Tax Credit passed in 2009, it was estimated that it would generate an increase in local spending by $100 million and create 500 full-time equivalent jobs. A recent study conducted by Cleveland State University estimates that since 2009, the increase in media sector activity has resulted in:
- $400 million in economic impact
- Creation of 1,729 full-time equivalent (FTE) jobs
- $2.01 return on investment (for every $1.00 spent by the state, $2.01 went back into Ohio’s economy
FilmDayton is a local 501(c)3 nonprofit that works to advance the art, craft and business of film in the Dayton region. In 2016 they became the official Film Commission in the region. The organization serves as a convenient, all-encompassing resource for local, national and international producers and filmmakers to ensure great filming experiences while providing “concierge services” to all productions in town. Programs include industry trainings and seminars, regular networking events and access to industry-standard materials. These programs encompass the creative, business, as well as crew aspects of production to continue to build a comprehensive workforce. FilmDayton receives no money from the productions we help, but instead rely on donations and grants.
Want to see more films come to the Miami Valley? Support FilmDayton’s mission by becoming a member. Monies collected are used toward the development of programs, and education of local crew and to support the continued growth of local film production.