Cleveland International Film Festival } March 29 – April 9, 2017

Knight and Day in Akron

Friday, April 08 7:00 PM - Sunday, April 10 1:00 AM

Akron Art Museum
1 South High Street
Akron, OH 44326
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Akron-Summit County Public Library
60 S. High Street
Akron, OH 44326
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The Nightlight
30 North High Street
Akron, OH 44326
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Knight Foundation

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).



Friday, April 08, 2016 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM


Benny and Christopher are very much in love. Students at the University of Akron, they meet during a football game and soon these beautiful young men are inseparable. Benny's very accepting family embraces his new lover. And when Christopher invites Benny to his mother's house in Florida for spring break, they set off with both families' blessings. On the eve of departure, Christopher makes a shocking discovery of a past tragic event involving their mothers. He struggles with the decision of whether to let Benny know, which could cause Benny and his family to relive the worst day of their...

Beyond Laughter & Tears: A Journey of Hope

Saturday, April 09, 2016 8:30 PM - 9:50 PM

Beyond Laughter & Tears: A Journey of Hope


PseudoBulbar Affect, or PBA, is a neurological disorder that causes uncontrollable outbursts of laughter or crying. It occurs in people who have suffered traumatic brain injuries or strokes, or who have conditions such as Alzheimer's or Multiple Sclerosis. It is still not widely known or spoken of, yet it afflicts nearly two million Americans. They include: Scott, a charming single parent who has MS and is stricken with sudden bursts of hysterical laughter; Dyanna, a retired deputy sheriff and nurse who had a stroke and is now prone to frequently bursting into tears; and Bobby, a truck-driver and...

Country: Portraits of an American Sound

Saturday, April 09, 2016 4:15 PM - 5:45 PM

Country: Portraits of an American Sound

Cowboy hats. Boots. Rhinestones. Johnny Cash’s obsession with black. Dolly Parton’s not-so-subtle dresses. These are just a few of the fashion phases that country music has inspired throughout the years. We often think of music only in terms of its sound, but its visual style can be just as integral to its appeal. This engaging documentary chronicles the history of the genre through the lenses of such notable photographers as Les Leverett, Raeanne Rubenstein, and Henry Diltz. It also features interviews with Merle Haggard, Lyle Lovett, LeAnn Rimes, The Band Perry, Tanya Tucker, Garth Brooks, Keith Urban, Roseanne Cash, Marty...

I Am Sun Mu

Saturday, April 09, 2016 6:30 PM - 7:55 PM

I Am Sun Mu

I AM SUN MU introduces us to Sun Mu, a North Korean defector who originally escaped the country simply because he was starving, not to rebel against its extreme dictatorship. In fact, Sun Mu was championed by the government for his artistic skills, which they utilized to create propaganda posters. But even for a valued citizen, life in North Korea was rough. Food was scarce, and the constant hunger was crippling. It wasn’t until he made it to China that he discovered the dire conditions back home were intentional. This shocking revelation led Sun Mu on a mission to use...

King Jack

Saturday, April 09, 2016 2:00 PM - 3:20 PM

King Jack

In the canon of coming-of-age films wherein young men from the forgotten pockets of society must learn to blaze their own trails out of squalor, there is very little room for more members—though many have tried. It may be time for the likes of “The Outsiders,” “Stand By Me,” and “Good Will Hunting” to make room for director Felix Thompson’s triumphant KING JACK. Jack (a pitch-perfect performance by Charlie Plummer) is a 15-year-old left to his own devices, beaten by older townie kids, and chasing a girl who’s no good for him. But, when his younger cousin comes to stay...

Little Gangster

Saturday, April 09, 2016 1:45 PM - 3:30 PM

Little Gangster(De Boskampi's)

The perfect father can intimidate people, drive super fast cars, and be a hit with the ladies. Rikkie Boskamp’s dad is not that. In fact, Rik’s dad is quite the opposite of all. But not anymore. Tired of being constantly bullied at school, Rik sees an opportunity for a new life when his dad “accepts” a promotion to a new town. While Dad’s out doing nerd things, Rik gets inspiration from a mob flick and decides it’s time he and his dad become the “Boskampi” family: Italian Mafiosos who are about to own this new town. Rik’s ruse really takes...

Schneider vs. Bax

Saturday, April 09, 2016 4:00 PM - 5:35 PM

Schneider vs. Bax

In a thrilling yet darkly comedic twist on the old spy vs. spy genre, SCHNEIDER VS. BAX portrays two hitmen going face-to-face in a life or death game of chess, where neither man is sure which side they’re on. Schneider is the family man—beautiful wife and two adorable young daughters about to celebrate his birthday—when he gets a call to go after Bax (played by director Alex van Warmerdam). “He’s a child killer” is all Schneider knows as he reluctantly goes after his next contract. But shacked up in his own quagmire is Bax, waiting for his own daughter to...

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