Event preview by Charles Cassady, Jr.
The actual CDFF a week-long celebration of the latest in nonfiction cinema, normally takes over the whole of the town in October. But as a runup to the 2015 edition, the CDFF is making Saturday a retrospective of highlights and audience-award winners from last year's fest.
It happens at the historic Chagrin Valley Little Theatre, 40 River St. At 12:30 p.m. STELLA WALSH, about the life and death of an Olympics-class Cleveland athlete, will screen. It was made by Akron-area filmmaker Rob Lucas.
At 2:30 p.m. the CDFF presents FROM FARM TO FOOD PANTRY paired with URBAN FRUIT, paired (can three of something be a pair?) with a presentation on Cleveland's own practitioners in the "urban farm" movement.
At 4:30 p.m. the highlight feature will be TOM RUSH: NO REGRETS. Hopefully the hangover from downtown media-saturation coverage of the Rock Hall inductions will not sully your enjoyment of this tribut to a well-regarded singer-songwriter, co-directed by local musicologist Todd Kwait. The best news: changes of Miley Cyrus showing up in an embarrassing costume are minimal.
Tickets to the three feature-length presentations are $10 apiece. On Sunday, April 26, the CDFF visits the Mandel Jewish Community Center's auditorium, at 26001 South Woodland Road in Beachwood, for another encore, priced at only $8.
It's ZEMENE, an offbeat and uplifting look at a medical relief effort in Ethiopia. Forget those dire TV-news stereotypes of merciless desert famine, misery and war. From the beautiful, modern bustling capital Addis Ababa to the quirky Dr. Rick Hodes, American-born and now observing Sabbat with Ethiopia's tiny native Jewish community, a too-rarely-seen Africa emerges in this film, with elements of faith, medical miracles, malice towards none and charity to all.
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