Cincinnati Lands on MovieMaker's List of Top Film Locations. Yep, Again.

The magazine's 2021 list credits Cincinnati's downtown skyline, low cost of living and Ohio's 30% motion picture tax credit for consistently luring films like "Carol," "Rain Man" and four Bruce Willis flicks.

Bill Camp (left) as Wilbur Tennant and Mark Ruffalo as Robert Bilott in director Todd Haynes’ "Dark Waters" - Photo: Mary Cybulski/Focus Features
Photo: Mary Cybulski/Focus Features
Bill Camp (left) as Wilbur Tennant and Mark Ruffalo as Robert Bilott in director Todd Haynes’ "Dark Waters"

Cincinnati has become a bona fide place to see the stars — and we don’t just mean at Mount Lookout.

Cincinnati came in at No. 13 on MovieMaker Magazine’s 2021 Best Places to Live & Work as a Filmmaker list, making it the fourth straight year the Queen City earns the honor. The city moves up one spot from its No. 14 showing in 2020.

The magazine highlights Cincinnati’s downtown skyline, low cost of living and Ohio's 30% motion picture tax credit as chief among the reasons for the city’s emergence as a stalwart that has lured films such as 2015’s Carol, starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara; 200’s Traffic, starring Don Cheadle and Benicio Del Toro; and 1988’s Rain Man, starring Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise.

And of course, Cincinnati’s would-be honorary movie mascot is actor Bruce Willis, who has filmed at least four times in the Queen City. Willis was on location for 2020’s Hard Kill (billed as Open Source during the shoot), 2019’s 10 Minutes Gone, 2018’s Reprisal and 2016’s Marauders.

MovieMaker also compliments Cincy’s creative culture and film resources, citing its variety of professional stage theatres and independent film theatres.

“And for young moviemakers, the K-12 curriculum at the School of Creative and Performing Arts is known as one of the most comprehensive in the country,” the magazine adds.

But Cincinnati isn’t the only Ohio city on MovieMaker’s list. Cleveland also makes the grade, coming in just behind Cincy at No. 14.

Albuquerque tops MovieMaker’s 2021 list, followed by Atlanta and Austin.

Read the full list at moviemaker.com.

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