2 Butler County natives film movie in Monroe, Middletown and Hamilton

Two movie makers with strong local ties will begin filming their latest movie in Butler County next month.

The movie, “Alan and the Fullness of Time,” is written and directed by Markus-Charles Cook (“The Deceived”) and produced by Chase Crawford, an actor with projects that have been in film festivals such as Sundance and the Toronto International Film Festival.

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Cook graduated from Fairfield’s Cincinnati Christian School. Crawford is a graduate of Butler Tech and Monroe High School and has appeared in numerous independent films such as “In The Radiant City,” a 2016 Toronto International Film festival selection; “Goat,” a 2016 Sundance Film Festival selection; and shows such as Netflix’s “House of Cards,” and FOX’s “Empire.”

“I am excited to bring a film to my hometown — not just Cincinnati, but Butler County,” Crawford said. “We are shooting at many familiar locations to my upbringing, such as Monroe High School and the church that my family went to throughout my childhood, Crosspointe Church of Christ in Middletown. All of our main character’s houses are in Hamilton and we will be shooting on many Hamilton streets as well.”

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In July 2016, Ohio Gov. John Kasich increased the tax incentive that Ohio offers for film projects to be produced in Ohio from $20 million a year to $40 million a year for the next two years.

The legislation helps Film Hamilton and Ohio attract movies to the area. The motion picture tax incentive returns $2.01 into the Ohio economy for every $1 invested by the incentive.

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Film Hamilton’s Steve Colwell said the movie won’t qualify for the state tax credit, but will bring money to the city as the production will spend a considerable amount of time in Hamilton.

“It is good to have both of these local talents back to shoot a movie in Hamilton and the area,” Colwell said. “They are a smaller budget operation they will spend money locally for goods and services and that is what it is all about.”

“Alan and the Fullness of Time” is slated to begin production in November, with an anticipated release in late 2018. The movie is a faith-based drama/thriller that centers around a young boy’s struggle and the evil powers at work to stop him and a close circle of believers.

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