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Oscar Nominated Films Have Local Ties

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Nominations for the 2014 Academy Awards were announced Thursday morning, and there are local ties in at least two films up for awards.

Storyboard artist J. Todd Anderson, who worked  with the Cohen Brothers their films Fargo and The Big Lebowski, also worked on the film Inside Llewyn Davis, which is nominated this year for cinematography.

Filmmaker Julia Reichert, who also serves as editor and producer for WYSO's ReInvention Stories, acted as the associate producer for Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Jack Hall, directed by Edgar Barens. The film is nominated for Best Documentary – Short Subject. 

Reichert gives full credit to director Barens and says she was honored to provide support in getting the film made.

“It’s a beautiful film that really makes you appreciate Hospice, and it really makes you see the transformative power of that kind of caring on a person’s life, on these tough, lifer-prisoner’s lives,” said Reichart.

Reichert, herself, is a two-time Academy Award nominee.

Johnny Knoxville’s Bad Grandpa is another Oscar-nominated film with Ohio ties: portions of the film were filmed in Columbus and Cleveland. Film organizations around Ohio have increased efforts in the last couple of years to bring big movie productions to the state.