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$40 Mil Motion Picture Tax Credit Saved

Hope Madden Hope Madden $40 Mil Motion Picture Tax Credit Saved

Earlier this year, the Greater Columbus Film Commission was hoping to convince legislature to increase — perhaps even double — the state’s $40 million motion picture tax credit, a tax rebate meant to attract film and media projects. Much to the surprise of John Daugherty, Executive Director of the film commission, the credit was instead […]

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FFOCOL Returns to Gateway for a 7th Film Fest

Hope Madden Hope Madden FFOCOL Returns to Gateway for a 7th Film Fest

Columbus boasts a number of film festivals throughout the year, each with its own brand and its own purpose. How does the Film Festival of Columbus (FFOCOL) fit into that landscape? What has it set out to accomplish? To share some excellent films with Columbus moviegoers, make connections with talented new filmmakers, and showcase Columbus […]

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Locally Made Mockumentary Rakes In Festival Noms

Hope Madden Hope Madden Locally Made Mockumentary Rakes In Festival Noms

Mark Stewart wears many hats. He consults, does video work for the non-profit Move to Prosper, and sits on the board of directors for Mid-Ohio Food Bank. He’s also a filmmaker—apparently a pretty good one. Mock and Roll is his first screenplay, and it’s already racking up nominations on the film festival circuit. “I retired […]

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The Confluence Cast: 2016 Summer Movie Season Letdown

Tim Fulton Tim Fulton The Confluence Cast: 2016 Summer Movie Season Letdown

It was not a good summer for movies. That’s according to Hope Madden, Columbus Underground’s movie reviewer who, in anticipation of the unofficial end of the summer movie season, talks this week about the dearth of big-budget films that came out this season and a couple of gems that are worth your time. Also on tap this week, a short interview […]

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Two Bills Battle to Fund Filmmakers in Ohio

Hope Madden Hope Madden Two Bills Battle to Fund Filmmakers in Ohio

This past weekend, moviegoers flocked to see the new civil war between two Avengers, who first slugged it out back in 2011 in Cleveland, of all places. Marvel action flicks and Cleveland play into another battle between two seemingly friendly yet definitely opposing forces, as a pair of conflicting bills compete to determine how Ohio […]

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Arnold Brings His Next Film to Columbus

Hope Madden Hope Madden Arnold Brings His Next Film to Columbus

Film Columbus and its president, John Daugherty, can thank a friend for the next major Hollywood film to be shot in Columbus. The plane crash drama 478 will begin shooting locally by mid-December, thanks in large part to its star’s fondness for Columbus. “They contacted me a few weeks ago, and it was pretty much […]

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Film Festival of Columbus Returns August 13th-20th

Hope Madden Hope Madden Film Festival of Columbus Returns August 13th-20th

The Film Festival of Columbus returns to town Thursday night with another new spate of unseen and unforgettable independent films, along with filmmaker panels, special guests, a homegrown shorts program, and a tribute to the great independent gem, Napoleon Dynamite. John Daugherty, Executive Director of Film Columbus (Greater Columbus Film Commission) and FFOCOL co-programmer since […]

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