Reel Cleveland: Cleveland SGS

And more local film news

A collective of local graphic artists and photographers, Cleveland SGS has posted on its website a series of avant-garde videos that were filmed in Cleveland. The latest clip, El Voyage Maximo, follows a guy in a spacesuit as he makes his way through the city, stopping to play volleyball at Edgewater Park and greeting everyone he meets on East 4th Street "The spaceman suit is really disarming and everyone is happy to see you and meet you," says Scorpio Diamente, who edited the video and did some of the graphics. "The common complaint with our city is that it's boring. We just want to show that there are plenty of entertaining things to do. I'd like to see Cleveland develop a voice of some sort that's different from what it is now. Ultimately, we would like to have a Cleveland SGS Variety Show on Channel 8, like a Big Chuck and Little John show that is visually appealing and doesn't scare children." Go to the clevelandsgs.com/blog to check it out.

Garrison Keillor's weekly talk/music/theater show A Prairie Home Companion gets HD treatment when it screens in a special live broadcast that you can see at 500 theaters around the country on Thursday, February 4. Locally, you can see it at 8 p.m. at Regal Crocker Park (30147 Detroit Rd., Westlake), Cinemark Valley View (6001 Canal Rd., Valley View), Southpark Mall (17450 Southpark Ctr., Strongsville) and Severance Stadium 14 (3492 Mayfield Rd., Cleveland Heights). Go to prairiehome.publicradio.org for more info.

Cleveland Cinemas' Late Shift cult film series continues this weekend with showings of the long-forgotten Cool as Ice. It's a rap remake of Rebel Without a Cause, and if that doesn't sound bad enough, it stars Vanilla Ice in the role originally played by James Dean. All patrons will be treated to a free scoop of Mitchell's Homemade vanilla ice cream. The film screens at 9:30 p.m. and midnight on Saturday, February 6, at the Cedar Lee Theatre (2163 Lee Rd., 216.321.5411, clevelandcinemas.com). Admission is $5.

Directed by Mike Nichols, The Graduate is a classic coming-of-age story that stars Dustin Hoffman as Benjamin Braddock, a recent college grad who falls for an older woman (Anne Bancroft). The 1967 movie shows at 6 p.m. Saturday, February 6, at the Lakewood Public Library (15425 Detroit Ave., 216.226.8275, lkwdpl.org). Local film critic and scholar Terry Meehan will introduce the movie. Free.

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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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