Here's What You Should See at CIFF Today (Wed. 3/25)

1) Long Way to the Top (12:30 p.m, 66 min.) Director: Rob Montague
Life on the road ain’t easy for an up-and-coming band. Lakewood-based director Rob Montague spent some time touring with three relatively unknown groups and documented their trials and tribulations. He also included interviews with some bands you might have heard of — Def Leppard, Weezer, Limp Bizkit and Nine Inch Nails.
2) Semicolon: The Adventures of Ostomy Girl (4:30 p.m., 83 min.) Director: Robin Greenspun
A young woman named Dana recounts her battles with Crohn’s Disease in this documentary about her daily struggles. The illness requires such constant treatment that Dana refers to the Cleveland Clinic as her “second home.” And yet, she somehow maintains a sense of humor through it all.

3) Meet the Hitlers (6:35 p.m., 84 min.), Director: Matt Ogens 
Getting stuck with the name Hitler would be unfortunate, given the legacy that the tyrannical leader left behind. Some people named Hitler have tried to embrace their name while others have tried to hide from it. This documentary looks at a variety of people named Hitler and attempts to track down nephews of the man whose name invoked terror. Director Matt Ogens is in town for the festival.
4) Billy Mize and the Bakersfield Sound (7 p.m. at the Cedar Lee Theatre, 100 min) Director: William J. Saunders
Bakersfield, Calif. was once a hotbed for country music, and singer Billy Mize was at the scene's forefront. While he never achieved the recognition of several of his peers, he left a significant legacy that's explored in this documentary film. The film includes interviews with country icons such as Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson, both of whom attest to the man's importance.
5) Beatles (9:15 p.m. at the Cedar Lee Theatre, 110 min.). Director: Peter Flinth
Based on a famous Norwegian novel, this movie about four mop top teens who try to make it big in Oslo features Beatles music. More than just a music movie, it's about the bond that emerges between friends as they come together to make music — the fact that they can't really play very well doesn't deter them from having fun. 

About The Author

Jeff Niesel

Jeff has been covering the Cleveland music scene for more than 20 years now. And on a regular basis, he tries to talk to whatever big acts are coming through town, too. If you're in a band that he needs to hear, email him at [email protected]
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