March 18 – 29
At Tower City
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Events + Updates
Friday, March 20 7:00 PM - Saturday, March 21 11:55 PM
Akron Art Museum
1 South High Street
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Akron-Summit County Public Library
60 S. High Street
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30 North High Street
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The Cleveland International Film Festival is proud to hold screenings in Akron for the fifth consecutive year. We will add The Nightlight as a third screening location -- in addition to the Akron Art Museum and Akron-Summit County Public Library. Plus the program will now take place on Friday evening and Saturday.
Friday's screening of FINDING THE GOLD WITHIN will be preceded by a reception in the Library lobby. Hor d'oeuvres and beverages will be served. That screening will be followed by a FilmForum.
TICKETS: Tickets can be purchased in advance online, by phone, or in person at the CIFF Box Office at Tower City Cinemas. Day of show tickets can be purchased on-site beginning one hour prior to the start of the first screening at each Akron location.
WILL CALL: If you don't already have your tickets, Will Call will open one hour prior to the start of the first screening at each Akron location.
PARKING: Convenient and free parking can be found at the High & Market Deck (down the street from The Nightlight, across the street from the Akron Art Museum, and directly connected to the Akron-Summit County Public Library).
Saturday, March 21, 2015 2:15 PM - 3:35 PM
Before the Pentagon Papers and WikiLeaks, before Edward Snowden’s NSA revelations, there was Media, Pennsylvania. On March 8, 1971, during the “Fight of the Century” boxing match between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier, eight activists calling themselves the “Citizens’ Commission to Investigate the FBI” broke into a small FBI office outside Philadelphia. They picked the lock and loaded every file into suitcases. Then they simply walked out the front door. The activists shared hundreds of secret documents with the public, revealing the FBI’s vast program of spying on citizens. An outraged Congress conducted its first-ever investigation of a U.S. intelligence...
Saturday, March 21, 2015 1:45 PM - 3:25 PM
The lights go down, the crowd goes silent, and out steps the most beautiful person you’ve ever seen in a shimmering red dress. You think to yourself, “Wow, that’s the one.” In 1961, that’s how it was for Ernst, a reserved schoolteacher who fell for Robi, a stunning Swiss drag queen. Fifty years later, Robi is still at Ernst’s side in their Zurich apartment. Their half-century relationship is sure to be one of the most compelling love stories you’ll encounter all year. THE CIRCLE chronicles the early days of their relationship, when they were active in the legendary publication of...
Saturday, March 21, 2015 8:30 PM - 9:50 PM
If “The Blob” creeps you out, you’ll likely be horrified to learn there are real-life equivalents all around you. What’s worse… they’re actually intelligent. Cue the science lesson from the mad researchers who make up this unprecedented docu-fantasia. Focusing on interviews with scientists, artists, and fanatics dedicated to exploring the organisms known as “slime mold,” THE CREEPING GARDEN falls somewhere between watching a big-budget science presentation and a magnificent light and color show some would refer to as a psychotropic experience. Peppered with dazzling time lapses (or shall we say time-magnification?) of the elusive organisms, we come to view these...
Friday, March 20, 2015 7:00 PM - 9:20 PM
Alchemy Inc. is an adolescent support program based in Akron, Ohio. It combines adult mentoring, traditional African drumming, and the art of storytelling and myth to create a safe and open forum for young black men. Like the name suggests, it is an effort to transmute the ordinary materials of life into something precious. FINDING THE GOLD WITHIN documents six young men from Akron as they move from the program into college and university life. Having made peace with their personal histories and trials, they set out to create new stories for themselves. For many, the world has already crafted...
Saturday, March 21, 2015 3:45 PM - 5:35 PM
Filmmaker Dave Boyle (Someone to Watch Award, 35th CIFF) returns to Cleveland with MAN FROM RENO, a neo-noir thriller set in and around San Francisco. The film opens as sheriff Paul Del Moral drives through dense fog at night. He can barely see anything until an abandoned car comes into view. Del Moral searches the area for its owner but to no avail. When he radios dispatch and drives away, a body suddenly slams into his windshield. Del Moral takes the unconscious man to the hospital. Yet before the sheriff can conduct a proper investigation, the unidentified man mysteriously disappears....
Saturday, March 21, 2015 4:00 PM - 5:40 PM
When you think of British culture, chances are “they drink a lot” will come to mind. A ROYAL HANGOVER is an eye-opener of a documentary that examines the binge drinking culture of Great Britain: when, where, and why it started; how it compares to other cultures; and how it can be slowed. Including interviews with scientists and doctors looking to bring awareness, members of parliament trying to legislate, and people suffering with alcoholism, A ROYAL HANGOVER is a sobering look at a plague that has dominated the British for centuries—and what it may take to find a solution. Along with...
Saturday, March 21, 2015 6:20 PM - 7:50 PM
Eric Murphy’s TRAFICANT: THE CONGRESSMAN OF CRIMETOWN depicts the turbulent career of Youngstown politico Jim Traficant. Since his days as a high school quarterback, Traficant was never one to follow directions. And that confident roguishness was precisely what appealed to voters. In the early 1980s, he ran for Sheriff and then for Congressman in a region of Ohio known as much for its organized crime as for its collapsing steel industry. Charges of contempt of court and later racketeering — for which he legally defended himself and won —could not smear Traficant’s populist Democratic image among his local supporters. Alongside...