Rain Man

Courtesy Weil Funeral

Phil Borack, who brought Hollywood to Lebanon for Harper Valley P.T.A. in 1977, died Tuesday, April 14, at home of heart disease. He was 84.

Borack, the regional movie distributor through his Tri-State Theatre Service, was one of the most influential film industry people in Cincinnati for 40 years. until his retirement in 1996.

Film Cincinnati

Film Cincinnati celebrates its 30th anniversary with a cool video montage of 30 years of movie scenes shot here, from "Rain Main" and "Airborne"  to "Carol," "Miles Ahead" and "Goat."

John Kiesewetter

To celebrate its 30th anniversary this year, nonprofit Film Cincinnati (formerly the film commission) is seeking 30 donors willing to give $30,000 each.

"Most people think that we get paid to produce films here. (Not true!) Film Cincinnati is completely reliant on generous donations from our sponsors and people like you to sustain economic development and job creation in Greater Cincinnati," says a post on the FilmCincinnati website.

John Kiesewetter

Make that four major Hollywood movie productions in town, and many more on the way, said Film Cincinnati executive director Kristen Schlotman on WVXU's "Cincinnati Edition" Monday.

WNKU-FM

Long before Cate Blanchett, George Clooney, Don Cheadle or Michael Douglas shot movies here,  Lori Holladay helped Hollywood discover Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.

Holladay, who died July 21 at age 59, scouted locations for John Sayles’ “Eight Men Out” in 1987 and the Tom Cruise-Dustin Hoffman “Rain Man” in 1988.

Local production companies joined forces to help those films, which resulted in the creation of the Cincinnati Film Commission with Holladay as first executive. Soon followed an impressive list of films shot here through the early 1990s.