Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

Cheshire, Ohio

Year: 2016
Country: United States
Run Time: 78 minutes

Cheshire, Ohio
Cheshire, Ohio
Cheshire, Ohio


For the most part, Cheshire, Ohio is a ghost town. Located 90 miles from Columbus, the town is now owned by American Electric Power (AEP), which operate two coal plants there. In 2001, residents began noticing a strong sulfur smell, accompanied by a bluish fog known as "blue plume." And then they started experiencing headaches, breathing problems, and itchy eyes. Concerned for their well-being, they hired a lawyer. Not long after, the Environmental Protection Agency began investigating the plants for violating the Clean Air Act. Feeling the pressure from both sides, the company came up with a radical solution. They purchased the town for 20 million dollars, buying out homeowners and businesses and then leveling the structures. Today, only a few residents remain; the tiny population consists of people who refused to leave or were permitted to stay, due to old age or illness. Many of them are still fighting against AEP's pollution. For others, the issue is complicated, as the plants employ their loved ones. Eve Morgenstern's CHESHIRE, OHIO talks with those who still call Cheshire home, discovering a rich history of a community that's nearly extinct. –E.F.

CIFF40 Screenings

Saturday, April 09, 2016 at 5:15 PM

Sunday, April 10, 2016 at 2:45 PM

Women of the World

Local Heroes Competition
Reel Women Direct Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman

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Eve Morgenstern

Brooklyn filmmaker Eve Morgenstern holds an M.F.A. in Photography from the San Francisco Art Institute. Her photo work was featured in the Bildmuseet, a contemporary art museum in UmeƄ, Sweden. In 2009 she founded the production company, Evenfall.


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