For those tiring of the recycled plots being churned out by Hollywood – c’mon, another Spider-Man movie? – the 19th annual Ohio Independent Film Festival may be a refreshing cleanse to your movie-going palate. The four-day fest kicks off tonight at 6 at Arts Collinwood, with movies ranging from four-minute shorts to full-length features — many by Ohio filmmakers. Katherine Isenhart, a member of the festival’s board of trustees, says there are a lot of “untapped, undiscovered, talented people making films in Ohio, and that’s why this festival is so exciting. It gives them a place to showcase their work.” For instance, tonight’s lineup begins with a series of shorts made entirely by Ohio talent. And Sunday’s grand finale is the 105-minute headliner For the Love of the Music: The Club 47 Folk Revival, directed and produced by Cleveland filmmaker Todd Kwait. (That one — a brand new documentary exploring the history of the Cambridge folk music scene from 1958 to 1968 — will debut at the Beachland Ballroom.) Program admission is $10. Tickets are available at ticketweb.com, or get them at the door. Find schedules and synopses on the website.
— Justine Stump