Run Time: 88 minutes
“It smells like sawdust and sweat and teenagers,” says Sara, an actor from Near West Theatre. While that may sound like an unpleasant combination, she means it lovingly. Since 1978, Near West has operated out of the third floor in the Club Building at St. Patrick's Church in Cleveland's Ohio City neighborhood. In that time, over 15,000 children, teens, and adults have been a part of its productions. They are now opening their own building, a $7.3 million space in the newly transformed Gordon Square Arts District. Before the move, director Ted Sikora chronicled their last days in the old space, filming during rehearsals for their final show. What's revealed in MOVE ON! is just how much the original location means to them. Beyond performances, these talented people have shared personal experiences within its walls. They've loved and fought like family, overcome tragedies, and given each other the confidence needed to survive in the outside world. This touching documentary offers a final tribute to their timeworn home as they prepare for fancier digs. Sara hopes the new place will still have that same smell, though. – E.F.
Sunday, March 22, 2015 at 5:00 PM
Monday, March 23, 2015 at 2:10 PM
This screening is on Stand By.
Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 8:45 PM
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Ted Sikora is a filmmaker and comic book creator from Cleveland with an advertising degree from the University of Akron. He directed, co-wrote, and co-produced "Hero Tomorrow." Over the last several years he has produced over 50 short artist profile documentaries for the Cleveland Arts Prize.
"Hero Tomorrow" (2007) – 31st CIFF, MOVE ON! (2015)
Ted Sikora Films
Cleveland Leadership Center