7 movies with unusual connections to Dayton

In honor of the Eichelberger FilmDayton Festival set for Friday to Sunday, Aug. 22-24, we compiled the list below of films connected to the Dayton area with the help of Jonathan McNeal The Neon and FilmDayton board member Shaunn Baker.

See schedule below.

Most screenings are $10 and will be held at The Neon, 130 E. Fifth St., Dayton.

The festival showcases nearly 30 feature-length and short films, including nine short films in the “Ohio Block” set for 4 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

“Filmmakers are going to be in town for that,” Beth DeVilbiss, FilmDayton’s interim director said. “Families are coming. Moms and dads and are coming to seeing those films that are close to this area.”

It is the festival’s sixth year.

Organizers say 800 people attended the first year. Last year’s event drew more than 1,300 people.

“We are starting to get a name for ourselves,” DeVilbiss said. “Even thought it is small it is very recognizable.”

Dayton is among city’s hoping to build film industries. Tools like the Ohio Motion Picture Tax Credit have helped draw film makers to Cincinnati and Cleveland.

Here are 7 films with ties to the Dayton area

How about that Close Up

Joe Gillis played by William Holden in the classic film “Sunset Boulevard” makes reference to his time at a Dayton newspaper.

"The time had come to wrap up the whole Hollywood deal and go home. Maybe if I hawked all my junk there'd be enough for a bus ticket back to Ohio. Back to that $35 a week job behind the copy desk at the Dayton Evening Post if it was still open. Back to the smirking delight of the whole office. 'Alright you wise guys, why don't you go out and take a crack at Hollywood.'" Source: Screenwriting from Iowa

It is far less known than the Norma Desmond (Gloria Swanson) line: “Alright Mr. DeMille, I’m ready for my close-up.”


Part of the 2007 film “Across the Universe” is set at fictional Dayton High School. The movie’s plot revolves around Beatles lyrics. Prudence (T.V. Carpio) is from Dayton and pines for a fellow member of the Dayton High Wildcat cheerleader squad.

Alien invading

Credit: screen shot

Credit: screen shot

A map of Dayton was used in the trailer for the 2011 sci-fi film "Super 8."

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is mentioned in the film that follows a group of Ohio kids who witness a train derailment while filming a zombie flick with a Super-8 camera.


The 1997 film Gummo was filmed in Nashville but set in fictional Xenia, Ohio. The film about the bored residents of a tornado-strucken town was made by Harmony Korine.

It is all good

“We’re Doing Fine” shot at several Dayton locations in November.

Written and directed by 2001 graduate of Stivers School for the Arts grad Djuna Wahlrab, the indie movie is about two friends, one who moved from Dayton and the other who stayed.

ExploreRead: Filming wrapping for “Dayton movie” shot in Dayton 


Credit: Submitted

Credit: Submitted

Actor and director Don Cheadle used the former Dayton City Jail earlier this month for a portion of his Miles Davis biopic.

Read: Actor filming scenes from Miles Davis movie in Dayton area

How blue 

Directed and written by Karen Moncrieff, the 2002 film “Blue Car” about a gifted and troubled teenage girl from Dayton, was filmed here.

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Highlights of activities for Eichelberger FilmDayton Festival

Friday, Aug. 22

7 p.m. “The Infinite Man”

9 p.m. “Flick My Clip”

Saturday, Aug. 23

12 noon: International Shorts

12:30 p.m. Life to Narrative at ThinkTV

2 p.m. “Give to Live the Movie”

2:30 p.m. Comedy in TV/Film at ThinkTV

4 p.m. Ohio Shorts Block

7 p.m. “Zero Motivation”

9 p.m. “Pitch It! & Party,” venue to be announced

Sunday, Aug. 24

12 noon: ‘The Critics Perspective’ at ThinkTV

12:30 p.m. U.S. Shorts Block

1:45 p.m. “Auditioning for Actors”at ThinkTV

3:15 p.m. “Stomping Ground”

5:30 p.m. “This Time Next Year”

8 p.m.: FilmDayton Awards, The Neon

Mr. DeMille, Dayton is ready for its close up.

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