Film Cincinnati Makes $38 Million Economic Impact to Area
By Betsy Ross, Contributing Writer
Photos by Madison Schmidt
The motion picture industry, headed by the non-profit Film Cincinnati, contributed $38.3 million to the local economy in 2016, its largest impact yet and twice as much as the industry’s economic impact in 2015.
The economic impact study, led by the University of Cincinnati Economics Center, also noted that the 10 productions filmed in the Cincinnati area last year added the equivalent of 409 jobs to the local economy and increased earnings of $13.6 million.
The latest feature film brought to town by Film Cincinnati, “Old Man and the Gun,” celebrated the halfway point of its shooting when the cast was presented Tuesday morning with the key to the city by Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley.
Production on Tuesday was located at the old District 3 Cincinnati Police headquarters on Warsaw Avenue. The building doubled as a Dallas police station.
Robert Redford plays Forrest Tucker, a career robber, and Casey Affleck plays police officer John Hunt. Also starring in the movie is Oscar® winner Sissy Spacek, Keith Carradine, Danny Glover and Elisabeth Moss.
OLD MAN AND THE GUN, based on a 2003 New Yorker article, follows aged bank robber Forrest Tucker (ROBERT REDFORD) as he navigates the twilight of his life. With the help of prison-mates Teddy (DANNY GLOVER) and Waller (TOM WAITS), Forrest breaks out of prison for the sixteenth time.
The three men rob banks across the U.S. while Forrest develops a romantic relationship with a widowed woman named Jewel (SISSY SPACEK). Forrest and Jewel meet up on several occasions. They reflect on growing old, and Jewel takes Forrest to her home and shows him her horses. Forrest sees that Jewel has unpaid bank bills and ponders using his stolen earnings to pay them off.
One morning, Forrest and his cohorts rob a bank while oblivious police offer John Hunt (CASEY AFFLECK) is inside with his kids. Hunt only learns of the robbery after Forrest and gang escape with the money. The bank manager triggers the silent alarm, and when Hunt's colleagues arrive on scene, Hunt swells with embarrassment. Hunt, who has recently grown numb towards his police work, now has something to prove. With encouragement from his wife Maureen (TIKA SUMPTER), the ignited Hunt begins pursuing Forrest.
OLD MAN AND THE GUN teems with pursuits. Most notably, Forrest pursues meaning through robberies and through his relationship with Jewel. Hunt pursues meaning through pursuing Forrest. Whether these pursuits prove fruitful, is the film's primary concern.
OLD MAN AND THE GUN is being filmed on location Cincinnati, OH as well as other communities in the greater Cincinnati area with writer/director David Lowery at the helm. Producing for Endgame Entertainment is Jim Stern; for Condé Nast are Dawn Ostroff and Jeremy Steckler. Also producing are Bill Holderman and Anthony Mastromauro. Toby Halbrooks, James Johnston and Patrick Newall are executive producing.
Fox Searchlight Pictures will release Old Man and the Gun in the U.S., Canada and in the UK.