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Critically-Acclaimed Film Features Local Production Crew And Extras

Courtesy of The Weinstein Company
Behind the scenes production shot of the movie "Carol" featuring Cate Blanchett.

The film Carol makes its debut at the Neon Movies in Dayton Thursday night. The film—much of which was shot in Cincinnati in the spring of 2014—features local residents who served as extras in the film and several Daytonians served on the film’s production crew.

Local producer and filmmaker, Karri O’Reilly served as production manager for the film and says it had an immediate impact on the local community.

Credit Jerry Kenney
Dayton filmmaker and producer, Karri O'Reilly.

“Even before we were finished filming, there were two movies hot on the heels of it, that were period movies set in New York, that were lining up to film, even literally kicking us out of our offices as we were trying to wrap it up," she said. 

The producer says the state has been lucky because of the support politicians have given the Ohio Motion Picture Tax Credit which offers big incentives for production companies filming here.

O’Reilly, who serves on the board of FilmDayton estimates the film Carol added about $400,000 dollars directly into the local economy.

The film also features antique automobiles supplied by America's Packard Museum in Dayton.

The award winning film, starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara is initially scheduled for a one-week run at The Neon.

Jerry Kenney was introduced to WYSO by a friend and within a year of first tuning in became an avid listener and supporter. He began volunteering at the station in 1991 and began hosting Alpha Rhythms in February of 1992. Jerry joined the WYSO staff in 2007 as a host of All Things Considered and soon transitioned into hosting Morning Edition. In addition to now hosting All Things Considered, Jerry is the host and producer of WYSO Weekend, WYSO's weekly news and arts magazine. He has also produced several radio dramas for WYSO in collaboration with local theater companies. Jerry has won several Ohio AP awards as well as an award from PRINDI for his work with the WYSO news department. Jerry says that the best part of his job is being able to talk to people in the community and share their experiences with WYSO listeners.