Hollywood Celebrities to Attend Film Cincinnati Backlot 30 Anniversary Party on September 23


Actor/director Emilio Estevez and rapper and songwriter Che Smith are among the stars expected to attend Film Cincinnati’s 30th Anniversary Gala, “Backlot 30,” scheduled for Saturday, September 23 in Over-the-Rhine. 

Tickets are still available for the “Backlot 30” party at www.filmcincinnati.com as back streets near Findlay Market will be transformed into a vibrant Hollywood film set with red carpet entrance, makeup stations, special effects, food and drink. Early Director/VIP admission starts at 6 p.m. and Superstar admission is at 7 p.m.

Estevez is presently in post-production for The Public, a movie he wrote, directed and starred in that was shot this spring in Cincinnati. Estevez has been acting for more than 30 years, most notably in The Breakfast Club, St. Elmo’s Fire and The Mighty Ducks movies. He has written and directed films since the mid-1980s and has appeared in several motion pictures with his father, Martin Sheen and brother, Carlie Sheen.

Che Smith, better known by his stage name Rhymefest, will be performing during the “Backlot 30” event. He won a Grammy for co-writing Kanye West’s “Jesus Walks” and won a Golden Globe and Academy Award for co-writing the song “Glory” from the motion picture Selma. Smith recently wrapped up shooting The Public, playing “Big George” in the Estevez-directed movie shot in Cincinnati.

“Emilio has been a long-time friend of Film Cincinnati and has helped land numerous projects for our area,” said Kristen Schlotman, Film Cincinnati executive director. “Having Emilio and Rhymefest return after shooting The Public here shows how much they support the efforts of Film Cincinnati to grow the film business here.”