By Jackie Reau
Principal photography will begin this week for the latest major motion picture to be filmed in Cincinnati, “Shirley,” the story of Shirley Chisholm, America’s first Black congresswoman.
Oscar winner, Regina King, stars and is a producer of the film, which tells the heroic story of Shirley Chisholm. “Shirley” is written and directed by Oscar-winning writer/director, John Ridley (“American Crime,” “Needle in a Timestack”). Royal Ties Productions and Participant will produce along with Ridley.
“We are thrilled to help bring this incredible motion picture to Cincinnati because of the jobs and economic impact it has on the region,” said Kristen Schlotman, executive director of Film Cincinnati. “Cincinnati continues to be a world class destination for production.”
“Shirley” follows the dynamic presidential campaign launched in 1972 by Shirley Chisholm. The feature is based on her life story rights through an exclusive agreement with the Chisholm estate, and the movie will provide an intimate, behind-the-scenes portrait of the groundbreaking political leader during a seminal period in modern American history.
Regina King won the best supporting actress Oscar for her role in “If Beale Street Could Talk.” Her directorial feature debut was the critically acclaimed “One Night in Miami.”