Film Cincinnati's Backlot party returns for second year

CINCINNATI – Film Cincinnati will once again bring glitz and glamour to the Queen City this September.

The nonprofit organization dedicated to growing the region's film industry announced Tuesday that it will host Backlot 2018 on Sept. 8, in the "railroad district" of Queensgate along Mehring Way.

The outdoor event is a sequel to Backlot 30, a party held on Sept. 23, 2017 celebrating the film commission's 30th anniversary. Film Cincinnati transformed Branch Street in Over-the-Rhine into an "on-set" experience for the evening. It included a red carpet walk, projected art, special effects, live entertainment, production design, props, makeup booths, special effects, drinks and food.

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Film Cincinnati Executive Director Kristen Schlotman said Backlot 2018 will include many of the same elements, plus a few new features.

She added guests can expect a few surprise celebrity and film industry dignitaries that they will be able to party with as well.

Actor Emilio Esteves and rapper Che "Rhymefest" Smith attended Backlot 30.

Esteves had filmed his movie "The Public" at the main branch of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County in January 2017. Rhymefest played a character named Big George in the movie, which focused on the tensions between police, city officials, library employees and Cincinnati's homeless population who take over the library for shelter during a bitter cold snap.

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"The Public" debuted at the Santa Barbara Film Festival on Jan. 31 this year.

Superstar admission tickets for Backlot 2018 cost $75 and include the red carpet experience, food, live entertainment and access to a cash bar. Director VIP tickets cost $175 and also include early entry to the event, two drink tickets and VIP lounge access.

Tickets can be purchased at filmcincinnati.com.

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