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"Ides of March" begins filming at Miami

02/28/2011

Miami University’s Oxford campus is among 26 Greater Cincinnati locations serving as film sites for the movie, “The Ides of March.”

The political drama includes a fictional presidential primary debate that will be among the scenes filmed at Miami this week in the movie directed by George Clooney. Published reports say filming will also occur in Michigan. The two states are offering rebates to films shot within their borders.

Numerous staff members in various departments have collaborated to contribute to the smooth running of the production at Miami, from managing space needs to rescheduling a concert and feeding some of the “extras” actors, and more.

“After visiting campus, the crew described the buildings and select interiors as exactly what they were looking for in a campus setting,” said Claire Wagner, associate director of university communications. “It’s a common statement over the years that Miami’s campus is ‘what a college campus should look like.’”

Miami’s Oxford campus provided some of the locations for Jodie Foster’s movie “Little Man Tate,” in 1990. Smaller, independent films have also signed location agreements for less intensive filming on campus over the last two decades.

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