Monday, May 14, 2012

The 2012 Ohio Independent Film Festival begins May 17th

Event preview by Bob Ignizio

While not as big or flashy as some other NE Ohio movie fests, since 1993 the Ohio Independent FilmFestival has been treating area cinephiles to a diverse and challenging lineup films from around the world, with a special emphasis on filmmakers with ties to the Buckeye State. This year's edition of the festival is no exception. It opens on Thursday, May 17th at 6 p.m. at Arts Collinwood with a program of short films directed entirely by Ohio filmmakers. The festival concludes on Sunday, May 20th at the Beachland Ballroom with a 7:30 p.m. screening of Shaker Heights resident Todd Kwait's third film “For the Love of Music:The Club 47 Folk Revival”, a documentary on the Cambridge, Massachusetts music venue that played an important role in the folk scene from 1958 to 1968.

One of the more intriguing (and potentially controversial) sounding films on the schedule is Massillon, OH native Matt Dunnerstick's “The Custom Mary”, which involves an attempt to clone Jesus. The festival's press release describes it as, “a fascinating combination of a classic, urban indie film love story and an exploration of faith and religious fanaticism, set amidst the gritty urban world of Lowrider culture of East Los Angeles.” “The Custom Mary” screens on Saturday May 18th at 7:00 p.m.

Following “The Custom Mary” at 9:00 p.m. is “Shelter”, a minimalistic survival tale in which five people are forced to co-exist in a bomb shelter disaster strikes. Conserving their limited supplies is just one of the problems the group must face as the days and months wear on.

If you're looking for something a little more down to earth, you might enjoy the documentary “BoomVarietal”, about the rising popularity of Malbec among wine aficionados. As an added bonus, there will be a wine tasting prior to the screening in case you've never tasted a Malbec or feel the need to refresh your memory. That takes place Thursday May 17th at 8:00 p.m.

That's just scratching the surface of what the 2012 Ohio Independent Film Festival has to offer, though. Over the 4 days the festival takes place, there will be plenty of other interesting films to see, with a little something for just about everyone. For a full schedule of films and further information about the festival, visit their website

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