Coming Soon to a Cleveland Cinema Near You

March 23, 2014, 12:10 AM   |   posted by in After the Festival


It’s the dilemma that haunts every festival filmgoer sooner or later: two films that both sound fascinating are screening in the same time slot. Which one to see? Fortunately, some of our films will be back! We already know about a few that have scheduled returns to the Cedar-Lee Theatre, so mark your calendars:

Le Week-End and Dom Hemingway are both returning on April 18th.

Only Lovers Left Alive will return on May 9th.

For No Good Reason returns on June 6th.

Again, all of these will be playing at the Cedar Lee Theatre.

We have also received word that Belle will be returning to Cleveland in May, although we do not have an exact date or location yet.

We are always so happy when the films that our audiences love return to Cleveland, so we will continue to post information about coming attractions as we receive it. In the meantime, mark your calendars and maybe even plan your schedules accordingly.

Lara Klaber

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Related Screenings:
03/20/14 @ 7:15 PM – For No Good Reason
03/22/14 @ 4:00 PM – Le Week-end
03/23/14 @ 7:10 PM – Le Week-end
03/23/14 @ 9:30 PM – Only Lovers Left Alive
03/29/14 @ 7:15 PM – Belle
03/30/14 @ 7:00 PM – Dom Hemingway

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Lots to do on Waterloo

March 23, 2014, 12:05 AM   |   posted by in Festival Events


The Waterloo Arts District is standing by to welcome Festivalgoers who attend tonight’s screenings at the Beachland Ballroom. Many of the local merchants and popular venues, including the Beachland Tavern and the Callaloo Café, are staying open until 8 pm to accommodate Festival crowds.

Many of the galleries are staying open late as well, including Waterloo Arts, Space: ROCK, Gallery One Sixty, and the Maria Neil Art Project, which is functioning as the “Unofficial Hospitality Suite” for filmgoers and serving wine and snacks.

For music lovers in particular, the Slovenian Workmen’s Home is hosting a Polka Dance until 7 pm. Entry is $12 per person. Blue Arrow Records will be open until 7 pm, and MUSIC SAVES is staying open late, too. Browsers can also explore Star Pop vintage + modern for memorabilia, and Native Cleveland for clothing.

Whether you’re seeing one or both of the films playing at the Beachland Ballroom, there will be no shortage of fun activities on Waterloo. Be sure to make the most of your opportunity to explore one of Cleveland’s thriving districts while you’re there.

Lara Klaber

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Related Screenings:
03/23/14 @ 6:00 PM – Mistaken for Strangers
03/23/14 @ 8:00 PM – The Ballad of Shovels and Rope

Related Events:
03/23/14 @ 6:00 PM – Evening at the Beachland Ballroom

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CIFF Day at The Hanna Theatre

March 23, 2014, 12:00 AM   |   posted by in Festival Events


Today The Cleveland International Film Festival hosted its first Day at Playhouse Square's Hanna Theatre. Festival patrons at the Hanna enjoyed screenings of the Hollywood Shorts Program, "Five Dances", "Handy" and "The Sax Man."

The Hanna Theatre opened in 1921 and went on to host such stage and film luminaries as Al Jolson, Katharine Hepbern, Henry Fonda, Ethel Barrymore, Ginger Rogers, Helen Hayes, Mary Martin and Yul Brynner.

Alan Brown, director of “Five Dances” introduced his film, as did Vincenzo Cosentino, director of “Handy.” Both filmmakers hosted a Q&A following the screenings of their work.

The day concluded with a screening of the popular film, “The Sax Man.” Todd Bemak, the executive producer, along with several members of the film’s crew, Joe Siebert, Beau Miller and John Pope were in attendance. True to form, the sax man, Maurice Reedus, Jr., played outside the Hanna Theatre.

Photo by Elaine Manusakis

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Related Screenings:
03/22/14 @ 2:30 PM – Hollywood Shorts Program
03/22/14 @ 4:30 PM – Five Dances
03/22/14 @ 6:30 PM – Handy
03/22/14 @ 8:45 PM – The Sax Man

Related Events:
03/22/14 @ 2:30 PM – Day at PlayhouseSquare's Hanna Theatre

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Illuminating a Year On Ice

March 22, 2014, 12:20 AM   |   posted by in Documentaries


Casey O’Brien isn’t an actor. He isn’t a producer, director or writer, either. He just happened to be in Antarctica when photographer Anthony Powell was looking for cast members for his documentary film “Antarctica: A Year on Ice.”

O’Brien graduated from college in May 2006 with no thoughts of what to do next. He took a gamble and flew out to Colorado for a job fair and unexpectedly secured a job with The Raytheon Company, “a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, security and civil markets throughout the world.”

“I was basically working in a warehouse,” says O’Brien. When asked about his daily schedule he laughs. “My day to day was cold and backbreaking”

In Antarctica, O’Brien worked on McMurdo Station, one of three American bases on the continent. The station is operated through a branch of the National Science Foundation called the United States Antarctic Program.

McMurdo is by far the largest station on the continent, housing approximately 1,200 people in summer months and around 125 people throughout the winter. O’Brien spent August 2007 through October 2008 on McMurdo, splitting his twenty month contract between six-months and fourteen-month stints.

The film sheds light on the people working on McMurdo station.

“The title does kind of say what it [the film] is about,” says O’Brien. “It starts in August and chronicles a set of people’s lives and wildlife through time lapse photography.”

O’Brien affectionately refers to Powell as ‘Ants’ whom he says, “put up a flier and it said ‘if you want to be part of a movie call me.’”

“I worked sixty hours a week, 7am to 6pm, six days a week,” O’Brien says. “The allure of Antarctica fades, especially if you’re there for fourteen months. I would love to go back, but by the end of it, I was ready to go.”

The film is not all about the station, like O’Brien says, “it is about the film work Ants [Powell] does. If you watch it, you’ll learn.”

O’Brien continues, “It’s pretty humbling to be on the ice. It gives you a sense of your place in the world when you go to a place like that.” he pauses and says, “You know, one person in the world is pretty insignificant when you compare them to something like Antarctica.”

Molly Drake

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Related Screenings:
03/22/14 @ 5:20 PM – Antarctica: A Year on Ice
03/23/14 @ 8:15 PM – Antarctica: A Year on Ice
03/24/14 @ 9:25 AM – Antarctica: A Year on Ice

Related Events:
03/22/14 @ 12:00 PM – Terminal Tower Observation Deck
03/22/14 @ 2:30 PM – Day at PlayhouseSquare's Hanna Theatre

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Sharing stories, gaining understanding: An Interview with Becca Roth

March 22, 2014, 12:15 AM   |   posted by in Filmmakers


Director Becca Roth of “One: A Story of Love and Equality,” has been dreaming up stories since before she could type. Here, she shares her personal passion for storytelling and encourages people on both sides of divisive issues to stop arguing and start listening.

CIFF: How did you decide to pursue a career in film?
BR: In high school, I would make up fictionalized versions of my life to cope with the fact that I had a huge crush on this girl and had no idea why this was happening. I would think about it all the time, writing catchy dialog, picking out a soundtrack, everything. I took a filmmaking class for fun, and it was the first time I put everything I had into something, worked extremely hard on it, and was actually excited to work extremely hard on it. I took more film classes and eventually got up the courage to make the movie that I dreamed up in high school and used it as a vehicle to come out. The terrifying feeling of putting myself out there was unbelievable. I realized that this was something I need to do for the rest of my life.

CIFF: What inspired you to create One: A Story of Love and Equality?
BR: I attended Kenyon College in rural Ohio. My senior year, some Kenyon students organized a queer prom for high school kids in Mt. Vernon, a pretty conservative town nearby, who didn't feel comfortable at their own prom. I was shocked to see protestors outside the venue. I realized that I had never really been exposed to ways of thinking that were so extremely different from my own. As I watched my classmates and the protestors engage in a screaming match, I took a step back and thought about how unproductive this was.

I decided to take a new approach to this issue. I wanted to get to know the individuals who were anti-gay. Surely they had reasons for believing what they believed, even if I didn't agree with it. When I found out about Amendment One in North Carolina, a state that is full of towns and cities that range greatly on the political scale, I knew that it would be a great opportunity to find this story.

CIFF: Where does the name Tip Jar Films come from?
BR: I moved to New York and found a job as a coat check girl. I was spending all of my time there, developing calluses on my hands from carrying ten pound fur coats, working mostly for tips. Once coat check season was over, I gathered my hard-earned tips, assembled a crew, and with the modest amount of money I had earned, I produced my first independent short film, Rain in Summer. The budget was tiny, but the passion was immense.

CIFF: What important message in “One” would you like CIFF audiences to take away?
BR: I think stories are the most powerful thing someone can share with the world. That's what this film is all about. Sharing personal stories and allowing people to get to know who we are as people.

Interview by Amy Kersey

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Related Screenings:
03/22/14 @ 12:30 PM – One: A Story of Love & Equality
03/23/14 @ 9:20 PM – One: A Story of Love & Equality
03/24/14 @ 11:30 AM – One: A Story of Love & Equality

Related Events:
03/22/14 @ 12:00 PM – Terminal Tower Observation Deck
03/22/14 @ 2:30 PM – Day at PlayhouseSquare's Hanna Theatre

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