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New organization takes next step to boost local film industry

For more information, contact:
• Gloria Skurski 937-220-1645, gskurski@thinktv.org
• Eva Buttacavoli, 937-694-9374, evabuttacavoli@gmail.com


DAYTON, Ohio — FilmDayton has hired seasoned arts administrator Eva Buttacavoli as director of the organization designed to boost filmmaking in the region, its board of directors announced.

Buttacavoli, who has worked previously as director of exhibitions and education at the Austin, Texas, Museum of Art and as curator of education for the Miami Art Museum in Miami, Fla., will be the first director of FilmDayton.

FilmDayton, an outgrowth of 2007’s DaytonCREATE movement, seeks to build film audience and business in Dayton and the surrounding area, and to encourage the growth of the local filmmaking industry. A 501(c)3 non-profit organization, it produces the annual FilmDayton Festival in downtown Dayton in May of each year and conducts monthly “Film Connections” meetings at which local filmmakers meet to discuss and share their work.

In addition to planning local film education programs and the second FilmDayton Festival, FilmDayton is planning to initiate a membership program and to continue working to make the region more conducive to filmmaking work. It is working with the Muse Machine, Centerville High School and Wright State University on a student filmmaker “boot camp” in 2010. FilmDayton has also partnered on programming with the local African World Film Festival and the Sundog Film Festival, and worked with HBO on Dayton premieres of two documentaries on the network, “The Last Truck” and “They Killed Sister Dorothy.”

“FilmDayton was looking for a director who could help build us up from being a busy, all-volunteer group into a vibrant, can-do organization that finds new, creative ways to help filmmakers who want to work here,” said Ron Rollins, president of FilmDayton’s board. “Eva’s experience and insights into the needs of artists, educators and filmmakers will be a real asset to Dayton’s growing film community.”

“I’m committed to the people who make, watch and love film, who talk, blog and Tweet about it,” Buttacavoli said. “I’m also committed to making our region a new nexus of it all.”

Buttacavoli, who lives in Centerville with her husband, began her duties Nov. 1.

Local filmmakers’ documentary premieres on HBO

On Dec. 23, 2008, two days before Christmas, the General Motors assembly plant in Moraine, Ohio shut its doors. As a result, 2,500 workers and 200 management staff were left without jobs, while the closing is also sure to trigger the loss of thousands of related jobs and businesses. But the GM workers lost much more than jobs, including the pride they share in their work and the camaraderie built through the years. To the natives of Moraine and the greater Dayton area, General Motors wasn’t just a car company – it was the lifeblood of the community.

THE LAST TRUCK views the final months of the plant through the workers’ eyes as they reflect on their work and consider their next steps. In revealing interviews with people who considered themselves more family than co-workers, the film reveals the emotional toll of losing not just a job, but a sense of self. (more…)

HBO premieres GM Documentary in Dayton

HBO, in association with FilmDayton and Wright State University will premiere the  moving documentary  The Last Truck — The Closing of a GM Plant on Wed, Aug 19th at the Schuster Performing Arts Center.

For months, Yellow Springs filmmakers Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar followed GM workers and Moraine citizens as the community steeled itself for the Dec. 23, 2008, closing of GM’s SUV assembly plant between Ohio 741 and Kettering Boulevard.

With up to 15 crew members, filmmakers interviewed workers in taverns and outside plant gates as more than 1,000 hourly and salaried employees worked toward the plant’s end of production.

Reichert and Bognar started covering workers and their evolving reaction to the plant’s fate in early June 2008, when Rick Wagoner, former GM chief executive, named GM-Moraine as one of four North American truck plants to close by 2010.

Within hours, the filmmakers were gauging reactions in The Upper Deck, a bar a stone’s throw from the plant.

“There was a huge period of adjustment — grief and anger,” Bognar recalled.

“Loss of a job is not just loss of income,” Reichert said. “It’s loss of your identity, part of your identity.”

Reichert and Bognar are well known in the Dayton area — Reichert teaches at Wright State University and Bognar is an artist in residence at the Ohio Arts Council.

They are perhaps best known nationally for their Emmy Award winning “A Lion in the House,” a look at families fighting childhood cancer.

The couple agree that HBO — which rejected an early version of “Lion” years ago — will give the 30- to 40-minute GM-Moraine film wide exposure, perhaps the widest of their careers.

And the work will find its way to DVD, they said.

They started working with HBO last summer, sending off unedited drafts and raw footage. When HBO expressed a desire to show the work on Labor Day 2009, they were thrilled.

“What better day to put it on in the whole year?” Reichert said.

“That was the big freak-out moment for us,” Bognar said with a grin.

A look at several minutes of an early version of the film shows workers thinking back on what the plant meant to them.

Wide shots of a rail yard lot full of SUVs during a December snowstorm open the film.

Said Bognar, “The heart of this film is really what the people went through.”

And, what was the “last truck” produced by GM-Moraine? A white GMC Envoy, which workers can be seen in the film autographing and photographing with cell phones.

ScreenPeace Festival Announces Lineup

To promote the Dayton International Peace Museum and peace in our community, each program will be screened twice— 12:30pm at Little Art Theatre in Yellow Springs and again at 7:00pm at The Neon in downtown Dayton.

Sunday 04 October: CRY FREEDOM
The inspirational tale of the black activist, the white journalist and their historic struggle for a peaceful end to apartheid.

Sunday 11 October:  EMERALD FOREST
Based on a true story, when cultures collide and environmental degradation ensues, peace is the first casualty in the majestic rain forest.

Sunday 18 October: DAVID AND FATIMA
REGIONAL PREMIERE: An Israeli boy and Palestinian girl risk everything for their forbidden love in volatile present-day Jerusalem.

Sunday 25 October: TO END ALL WARS
The true story of The Bridge on the River Kwai’s brutal POW camp, with an unexpected message of forgiveness.

Sunday 01 November:  HAIR
Broadway’s all singing, all dancing paean to the 1960’s vision of peace, love and joy.

Sunday 08 November:  ScreenPeace Student Film/Video Contest winners
See how Miami Valley students— elementary, high school, and college— creatively portray their own concepts of “peace.”

Ohio Has Film Incentives!

After years of lobbying and working with lawmakers of both parties, moviemakers have finally received a tax credit.

Ohio becomes the 44th state to encourage moviemaking with tax benefits. It’s watched movies that logically could have been shot here go to other states offering generous incentives.

Ohio’s bill is less generous than many other states’ version. It offers a 25 percent credit. The limit is $30 million of credit on $120 million of production over two years.

Other states offer bigger incentives but some are cutting back because they have lost money.

Ohio’s bill offers slightly bigger breaks to Ohio firms hiring Ohio workers. That’s deemed to be more desirable than enabling investors to grab the tax break using out-of-town crews.

Film Connections to Meet

Filmmakers, film fans, cast, crew and any others are welcome to join the monthly meeting that features a show and tell by local film makers with plenty of time for discussion and networking.  Hosted by Board President Ron Rollins.

Special Wed Meeting- Normally meets the last Tues of each month from 7-9pm at ThinkTV on Jefferson in Downtown Dayton

FilmDayton’s First Festival A Big Success!

Big Lens and the Sidney documentary 45365 played to sold out crowds and over 1000 people attended the weekend screenings that were part of the innagural festival headquarted at The Neon this past weekend.

The PicsMatch Pitch It kicked off the festival with about 20 new film ideas being pitched to a panel of industry experts.  Instant feedback was given and two lucky winners walked away with a small investment for their future film.

With 6 workshops offered by local filmmkaers, attendeed learned filming techniques from Emmy award winning filmmakers Steven Bognar and Julia Reichard, how to get jobs in the industry from local producer Karri O’Reilly and Marisha Mukerjee walked student through a first time filmmakers workshop.

Big Lens films had a great showing, and at the time of this writing 2 of the films, Toughman and Run to Me Run from Me had received invites to screen at future festivals.

All in all, FilmDayton declared the festival a success and plans are being made for 2010.

“The Speed of Life” & FilmDayton After-Party & Concert!

FilmDayton, in coordination with Transparent Films and Big Beef Productions, present a special FilmDayton Festival after-screening party concert in celebration of and with some of Dayton’s finest creative artists!

An evening of fun, friends, dancing and some of the best live musical entertainment in the Miami Valley and beyond!

The party begins immediately following the Dayton Film Festival 7pm screening of the wonderful new film “The Speed of Life”, directed by Daytonian Ed Radtke. and are taking place at GILLY’S, located just across the street from the NEON MOVIES, site of this year’s Dayton Film Festival.

Even if you can’t make it to the film screening, come join the show afterwards!


– Party tunes provided by DJ SCORPIOUS MAX of the Good Over Evil Sound
Consortium and the ever-legendary and occasionally infamous REV COOL of
“Around The Fringe”!

– A hopping dance floor with a special presentation by REV COOL’S ARKESTRA
DANCE ENSEMBLE, featuring dancers from DCDC (Dayton Contemporary Dance
Company) and the might horn players of the….

– Live music performances by SOHIO and the LAB PARTNERS, two of Dayton’s
finest bands whose music is featured in the film “The Speed of Life”

– A fun way to help support the creative arts in Dayton!

Admission is $5 (or FREE to all paid attendees of Dayton Film Festival
screening of “The Speed of Life” film).

FilmDayton Festival

It’s official, it’s happening!  Friday, May 15th – Sunday, May 17th headquartered at The Neon in downtown Dayton!  Stay tuned to www.filmdayton.com for more info!

Film Connections plans a Field Trip to DaytaOhio

The emphasis of the March 31 Connections gathering will be on special effects technology and opportunities for engineers, computer scientists, and filmmakers to collaborate – using, leveraging and creating resources in the Miami Valley.

Connections participants  will have the opportunity to tour “The Cave,” the special 3D room housed at daytaOhio.  IDCAST (Institute for Development and Commercialization of Advanced Sensor Technology ) will demonstrate special software that can convert 2D images to 3D images.

All are welcome to join us on Tues, March 31st from 7-9pm.  DaytaOhio is located on the Wright State University Campus,The Ohio Wright Center for Data 3640 Colonel Glenn Highway Room 280 Joshi Research Center.  Map

Sister Dorothy documentary premieres to standing room onl crowd

The HBO documentary, “They Killed Sister Dorothy,” premiered before a sold-out, rapt audience of more than 500 at the Dayton Art Institute Thursday, March 19, with the filmmaker and Sister Dorothy Stang’s family proudly in attendance.

“She was embraced as a sister by the Dayton community tonight,” said Sister Dorothy’s youngest brother, David Stang, whose fight for justice is one of the film’s most powerful storylines.

“We are a Dayton family,” said her sister, Barbara Richardson, after the screening. “We are Dayton through and through.”

Dorothy Stang, a nun with the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, spent her life working on behalf of peasant farmers in the Amazon rain forest. She was murdered on Feb. 12, 2005, in what is largely believed to be a contract killing sponsored by wealthy ranchers in the area who opposed her sustainable development project. She was 73.

Director Daniel Junge, a documentarian who chronicles issues of social justice, sensitively tells the story of Sister Dorothy’s life work, her murder, and what often seems a futile fight to bring justice to the wealthy landowners believed responsible for her death. To date, three men are serving sentences for the killing — two who were present at her murder and one so-called middleman; one of the two ranchers was found guilty, then released after a second trial found him not guilty, while the other rancher has not been tried.

Junge and HBO Documentary Films — “They Killed Sister Dorothy” debuts on HBO2 Wednesday, March 25 at 8 p.m. — thought it natural to premiere the film in Sister Dorothy’s hometown. Junge and Greg Rhem, manager of HBO’s documentary acquisition, were beaming after the screening.

“How could it not go well?” said Junge. “The HBO people are sincere when they talk about how the people (in Dayton) were so excited, so gracious. The community has been wonderful.”

The premiere was brought about through a collaboration with HBO, Film Dayton, and the University of Dayton Human Rights program.

“We helped make this happen,” said Lisa Grigsby of Film Dayton, a volunteer group working to promote the growth of a regional film industry. “It never would have happened otherwise.”

A Q&A session after the screening drew many requests for information on how to continue Sister Dorothy’s work in the Amazon. Junge directed people to www.theykilledsisterdorothy.com, where links provide information on ways to help; a fellow Sister of Notre Dame de Namur told the crowd that Springfield’s St. Raphael parish, 225 E. High St., is committed to continuing her work in the rain forest.

“This film is bearing witness to the world,” said David Stang. “The story has not ended. It just keeps getting bigger and bigger.

“Dot has given them courage,” he said. “She is their leader yet. At her funeral, one man said, ‘We are not burying Sister Dorothy, we are planting her, and she is growing.”

By Laura Dempsey

Staff Writer, Dayton Daily News

Thursday, March 19, 2009


FilmDayton celebrates 1st anniversary

Ohio Film Tax Incentives- Take 2

The Democratic-controlled House and the Republican-controlled Senate on Tuesday, March 3, passed tax credit plans that were millions of dollars apart.

The House version, approved 83-14, would provide up to $20 million in refundable tax credits over two years, with a limit of $5 million per production. If the amount of a refundable credit reduces the tax liability to less than zero, the taxpayer gets a refund for the difference.

he Senate version, approved 20-11, would provide up to $100 million in nonrefundable, transferable tax credits per year, with a limit of $25 million per production. A transferable credit may be bought, sold or traded between taxpayers.

The Senate plan mirrors legislation Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland vetoed last year. Strickland backs the House version and has put money in his proposed state budget to pay for it, Amanda Wurst, his spokeswoman said.

Rep. Mark Schneider, D-Mentor, said the $20 million in the House plan was “responsible and appropriate.”

“It’s sending a message that Ohio wants your business,” Schneider said.

Meanwhile, over in the Senate, Sen. Tom Patton, R-Strongsville, said he didn’t think the House version would send that message at all. Forty-three states already offer tax credits, Patton said.
In both versions, the credits could be used for making movies, television series, commercials, video games and other productions

Ohio Film Music Video Challenge

The Ohio Film Office launched the Ohio Film Music Video Challenge on February 18th at http://Contest.DiscoverOhioFilm.com.

The contest is designed to support filmmakers throughout the state while partnering with Ohio educational institutions and musical acts. The production team has a 3 week period to
partner with a musical act, create a concept, shoot the video, edit the video, and post it to be judged (rated) on the official YouTube contest page at http://www.youtube.com/group/DiscoverOhioFilm.

● The criteria for the Ohio Film Music Video Challenge will be announced on Wednesday, February 18,
● The participating group/team must complete their music video and have it posted to the designated
YouTube site no later than March 11, 2009.
● Only works that meet the deadline will be officially part of the competition.
● Judging of the posted video will be open to the public from March 12 – 18, 2009. The public will select
the 10 top videos by voting on (rating) them at http://www.youtube.com/group/DiscoverOhioFilm.
● Professionals in both music & film/video industries will judge the top 10 video from Marc 19 –25, 2009.
● The Winner will be announced in Cleveland at the House of Blues on Tuesday, March 31, 2009. The
team leader from the top 10 selected videos must be present to be eligible to win the challenge.

Film Connections set for 7pm @ Think TV

Host Steve Bognar will moderate an evening of show & tell, featuring BarbaraO-Independent filmmaker, actress and wholistic health expert.

O’s acting career includes her portrayal of Yellow Mary in the independent film, Daughters of the Dust. She acted in Back Inside Herself, A Powerful Thing and Diary of an African Nun. She has had television roles in LaVerne and Shirley and Wonder Woman, and she co-starred with Muhammed Ali in the NBC mini-series, Freedom Road.

The other Film Connections presenters for February will be a the trio of Aileen LeBlanc (filmmaker) and Michael & Sandy Bashaw (musicians), who will talk about and dissect their repeated collaborations.

As always this is very informal, all are welcome and there is plenty of time for networking!  FIm Connections meets the last Tuesday of each month.

FilmDayton to work with HBO on “They Killed Sister Dorothy” screening

HBO is working with several local organizations to put on a Dayton premiere of its new documentary about the slaying of Sister Dorothy Stang in the Brazilian rain forests — a politically charged, emotional case that has captivated people in the Miami Valley who know the Dayton native and followed her work in South America.

Director Daniel Junge wanted his film, “They Killed Sister Dorothy,” to play in Dayton before it broadcasts on HBO in late March. It’s narrated by Martin Sheen.

HBO is working with FilmDayton, a new organization promoting film culture and economic development, to present a premiere screening of the film at the Dayton Art Institute on March 19. HBO sent a three-person scouting team to Dayton Friday to take an advance look at venues and meet with FilmDayton representatives to work out plans.

The screening will be free, but you’ll have to RSVP in advance by calling a special number at HBO in New York. Stay tuned on details about where to call to do that.

The DAI auditorium holds 500, and expect a sellout crowd. A private VIP reception will be held before the evening screening, and a Q&A with director Junge and other members of the filmmaking team will occur right after.

It should be a special night for the many people in Dayton who admired Sister Dorothy, and who have followed the harrowing twists and turns of her case as it’s gone through the Brazilian courts. Junge’s film has won a basketful of awards already, and is all by accounts a remarkable picture.

We can’t wait to see it here.

From Brain Droppings Blog on the DDN
By Ron Rollins | Saturday, February 7, 2009, 08:15 AM

Filmmaking in Ohio: Good News

By Ron Rollins | Wednesday, January 28, 2009, 12:47 PM

This just in: Gov. Ted Strickland just announced in his State of the State address in Columbus that part of his plan to boost economic development and jobs in Ohio will be some sort of tax-incentive program for filmmakers. Among several other initiatives, he said, “We will create a Film Tax Credit designed to spur the growth of the film industry, bringing new jobs and creative energy to Ohio.”

In a speech that was full of major programs and potentially game-changing proposals in everything from education to health care, this is good news in an unusual package that might not be that familiar to most people.

Here’s the background: Most states, for several years, have had in place incentives that make it easier for out-of-state film companies to shoot pictures on location, creating real competition in the last few years for film production that brings with it a lot of decent-paying jobs for actors, producers and crew members.

The main success stories on this front have been New Mexico, Louisiana and North Carolina, where film and television work has been a boon to local economies, especially in Albuqurque, Shreveport and Wilmington. The incentive programs vary from state to state, but generally they take the form of a forgiveness of sales tax or a return on investment from the state of 10 to 25 percent — the producers spends $1 million, say, and the state rebates them $100,000. When film budgets are being hashed out, that’s a big deal.

Ohio is one of about 10 states that hasn’t gotten in on this, and so has been out of the running — until now, apparently. The issue of filmmaking tax incentives has been discussed for a years, but moved to the front burner in Columbus in 2008, as the Cleveland Film Commission pushed heavily for a program in the hopes of luring a large-budget film starring Matt Damon whose producers wanted to shoot in that city, but ended up going to Michigan, which instituted tax breaks recently and got the movie instead.

The Cleveland group prodded legislators, along with help from FilmDayton, which sent representatives to lobby and speak on the subject last December (most notably, local film producer Karri O’Reilly, an expert on the subject). The Ohio legislature passed a bill approving film incentives right before year’s end. Strickland vetoed it over concerns he had with the structure of the bill, but now he seems on board.

If this works out right, incentives would open the door for Ohio to aggressively promote itself as a location for all kinds of film work. We have a lot to offer, too: urban and rural settings, rivers, coastline, forests, four seasons, empty factories that could serve as backdrops or sound stages — and a surprising number of talented film makers and crew who already live here and are ready to work.

A lot of them live right in the Dayton area, and have been working with FilmDayton to promote and encourage film culture and the idea of using filmmaking as a way to stimulate our sagging economy.

It’s a new group, not quite a year old — an outgrowth of the DaytonCREATE initiative that is trying to build activities that appeal to the young, professional “creative class” as a way to bring in new business and industry. Make an area more attractive to artists, engineers, filmmakers, immigrants and other so-called “bohemians,” the thinking goes, and you make your area more lively and attractive for development. What would Austin be, for instance, without its great, booming live-music scene? Just another Texas town.

FilmDayton imagines a future in which small and medium-sized producers, working closely with the great film program at Wright State University, travel regularly to our region to take advantage of our locations, talent and welcoming environment. We see cameras rolling and dollars flowing. As unlikely as it may sound, it’s possible with hard, concentrated work.

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$1000 for 30 second video offer made to Dayton filmmakers

Initial Point,  a locally owned IT company,  has developed a new facial recognition program and is seeking filmmakers to create YouTube video’s to promote their product.  Company President Dave Gasper has offered up to $10,000 for ten 30 second video’s.  Gasper wants edgy, provocative and alternative videos to promote the use of PicsMatch as a tool for easy organizing and identifying of your photos on your computer.  PicsMatch can even be used with the popular social networking site like FaceBook.  For more info contact Dave Gasper

Gov says film incentives coming to Ohio!

In today’s State of the State address, Gov. Strickland made a surprise announcement, that was music to the ears of FilmDayton:  “We will create a Film Tax Credit designed to spur the growth of the film industry, bringing new jobs and creative energy to Ohio”.  HB196 that would have created film tax incentive passed the Ohio House & Senate with  resounding support, but Governor Strickland vetoed it earlier this month.   FilmDayton members had testified on behalf of this bill and are pleased to know that Strickland has obviously been swayed by the strong support and knowledge that such incentives will bring film work to Ohio.

To read the entire text of today’s address, click here.

Ohio tax credit for filmmakers still on lawmakers’ agenda

From Cleveland Plain Dealer on Wed, Jan 21, 2009

Columbus- Lawmakers from both parties aren’t ready to yell “cut!” to the idea of a tax credit for companies that film movies in Cleveland and other spots around the Buckeye State.

On the heels of Gov. Ted Strickland’s veto of the 25 percent tax credit last month, Sen. Tom Patton, a Strongsville Republican, announced plans to push forward again with the legislation this session.

I am willing to work with the governor, but we can’t afford to miss opportunities for new jobs,” said Patton in a statement. “Rather than waiting until July, we need to put this tool in our arsenal now and plan accordingly to cover this investment in jobs.”

Senate President Bill Harris, an Ashland Republican who holds a 21-12 edge in the chamber, was also quoted in the release, calling the film tax credit a “top priority” for his caucus.

When Strickland vetoed the measure, he said that the discussion on the tax break shouldn’t take place outside of his next two-year state operating budget. The Democratic governor also criticized the credit for being transferable among companies, saying that it added greatly to the administrative costs.

Meanwhile, Ivan Schwarz, head of the Cleveland Film Commission, said last week that he has had several sitdowns recently with top Democrats, including Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher and House Speaker Armond Budish, a Beachwood Democrat.

They reached out to me,” said Schwarz, who said he was optimistic that a deal could be struck to bring the tax credit plan to Ohio.

Strickland Rejects Movie Tax Break

Rejection Comes With Veto Pen

Tuesday, January 6, 2009 –Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland did not raise a megaphone at the Statehouse and yell “cut,” but the effect was just the same.The governor killed plans for tax breaks for the movie industry with one stroke of his veto pen.Strickland said late Tuesday that the veto came because the tax breaks appeared to be a poor investment.Lawmakers had approved the plan in late 2008 in hopes of encouraging the production of more movies in Ohio. Thousands of new jobs were to be created under the plan, according to the bill’s sponsor, Sen. Tom Patton of Cleveland.In a written statement, Patton said he was disappointed in the governor’s veto.“Today’s action by the governor closed the door on legislation in which many individuals had spent years working, but more importantly, the possibility of 1,500 new job opportunities for the Cleveland area that were promised if this bill had been signed into law. I find that deeply troubling,” Patton said.Strickland said the tax breaks could amount to $100 million a year and that the state could not afford it.“The experience of other states suggests that the return on investment with a film tax credit is a weak 14 to 20 cents on the dollar, making the credit a very expensive means of creating jobs. Given the uncertainties in our economy and revenues, I do not believe an expensive, new, and difficult-to-administer tax credit should be adopted outside the context of budget deliberations,” Strickland said.Strickland’s rejection of the movie tax break bill was among several vetoes announced on Tuesday.He also vetoed an election reform bill passed by majority Republicans in the House and Senate.Strickland called the changes passed by lawmakers “overbroad” and said they “may make elections administration even more difficult.”Republican lawmakers disagreed. Jim.otte@whiotv.com

Ohio House approves tax credit for film industry

Ohio House approves tax credit for film industry

Columbus- It wasn’t “Gunfight at the O.K. Corral,” but state lawmakers exchanged a hail of partisan fire before approving a tax credit for Ohio’s film industry that backers say would bring jobs to the state.

In a 50-39 vote, House lawmakers approved House Bill 196, which would grant a 25 percent tax credit on total investments made in Ohio by film companies. The credits would be transferable from shoot to shoot, but would be capped at $100 million. The vote was along party lines, with Republicans voting to get the cameras rolling while House Democrats yelled “Cut!” because of concerns about corporate giveaways.

The bill, which heads next to the Senate, is one of a handful being considered in the lame-duck session of the Republican-controlled legislature that could face a roadblock at Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland’s desk

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Aaron Marshall
Plain Dealer Bureau


Dayton area filmmakers serve up something for everyone’s holiday film feast. Vampires and politics, dogs and cars, codebreakers and victims of unjust incarceration, airplanes and pumpkinheads, Hollywood stars and hometown stars are featured in this year’s collection of regionally connected film DVDs being promoted by Film Dayton as great gifts for the upcoming holidays.

No collection of Dayton-related film DVDs is complete, because every year the region contributes new locations, writers, talent, crew, music, post production technicians, investors, and more, to create a diverse assortment of new films.  From thoughtful to frightful, these films showcase the creativity of our region.

“If you like gifts that are home-made, home-grown, or just original and off-beat, try one of these locally-produced films – they are all Dayton originals,” recommends Gloria Skurski, president of Film Dayton.

Click here for a list of Regionally Connected Films available on DVD

Film Dayton is a volunteer organization fostering the growth of our regional film industry and film community, through support for regional film production, cultivation of regional film audiences, and development of the next generation of film makers and audiences.

Hollywood Comes To DATV!

DATV became part of a Hollywood sound stage as it hosted a live feed for NBC’s hit game show “Deal or No Deal”.  The segment was taped in DATV’s studio on August 1st and is scheduled to air on WDTN-TV on Friday, November 21st at 8:00pm.

Dayton resident Devon Clark was chosen as a contestant on “Deal or No Deal” and he selected his grandmother Margaret Rice as one of his friends to help him on the show. Ms. Rice was unable to fly to Los Angeles for the taping so Lock and Key Productions, the production company that produces “Deal or No Deal”, contacted DATV to host a live segment.

Ms. Rice was set-up in the studio with a two-way live feed to Los Angeles. During the taping she was able to watch the production on a monitor and interact with the program when the time was right.

“It was fun to be a part of such a great show,” said Margaret Rice. “Being in DATV’s studio and talking with Howie Mandel was quite a thrill.”

DATV cannot report how much Clark won so be sure to watch his appearance on “Deal or No Deal” on WDTN to find out how it turned out.
For more info on DATV:
:Dan Suffoletto, Marketing Director can be reached at 937.223.5311

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