Zac Efron movie, "Extremely Wicked" gives back to Greater Cincinnati

   
  
   
  
    
  
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    Kieran Thompson and Ryan Cunningham preparing meals to deliver to homeless shelters

Kieran Thompson and Ryan Cunningham preparing meals to deliver to homeless shelters

“Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile,” the Ted Bundy biopic starring Zac Efron and Lily Collins, now shooting in Greater Cincinnati, is finding time to give back to the community, from mentoring the next generation of movie makers to feeding the homeless.

Producers of the film have made giving back to the area a mission of the production. As an example, motion picture catering at the end of each day is donated to regional homeless shelters throughout Northern Kentucky and greater Cincinnati.  And this week, during an extended scene shot on Covington’s Main Street, the 75 crew members all received production funds to sample Covington’s local restaurants during their lunch breaks.

The producers also brought in students from Highlands High School in Fort Thomas to conduct interviews with more than 20 crew members and department heads during filming. The behind-the-scenes opportunity gave students insight into job opportunities in the film industry in their own back yard.

“We are thrilled that this film is employing so many locals, are staying in our hotels in Northern Kentucky, eating in our restaurants, enjoying our arts and culture,” said Kristen Schlotman, executive director of Film Cincinnati. “But it’s the giving back to the community in unique ways that we feel excited about. The fact that they are willing to take time out of their busy schedules to talk to high school students and give to the homeless, is a true testament to both the talent in front of and behind the camera.”

“Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile,” starring Efron as Ted Bundy, Lily Collins, John Malkovich, Jim Parsons and Kaya Scoledario, continues on-site production in Greater Cincinnati.

Alex ReillyCULTURE