Reel Cleveland: Woody Allen Film Fest

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Dubbed "Hannah and her Predecessors," the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque's Woody Allen film festival continues this week with screenings of Allen's 1983 film Zelig. The film, which shows in a new 35mm print, features Mia Farrow and Allen, who plays Leonard Zelig, a chameleon-like character who turns up in all sorts of archival footage from the '20s and '30s. Using a blue-screen technique long before everyone was doing it, Allen manipulated old newsreels and photos to insert photos of Zelig and make it look like he was at significant social events. A classic mockumentary, the film screens at 9:35 p.m. Saturday, October 17, and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, October 18, at the Cinematheque (11141 East Blvd., 216.421.7450, Tickets: $8.

And speaking of Woody Allen, the Lakewood Public Library (15425 Detroit Ave., 216.226.8275, screens his 1994 film Bullets Over Broadway as part of its "Five-Star Films" series. The movie, which was nominated for seven Academy Awards (including Allen for director and co-writer Douglas McGrath for original screenplay), stars Jennifer Tilly, Chazz Paminteri and Dianne Wiest, all of whom were also nominated for Oscars (Wiest was the only winner). One of Allen's funnier comedies, it's about a mediocre playwright who has to cast mobsters in his play to get it financed. The screening is at 6 p.m. Saturday, October 17, in the library's main auditorium. Admission is free.

The Cleveland International Film Festival's Film Feasts fundraising series began earlier this month with a tour of the North Union Farmers Market at Shaker Square. It offers two events this week. At 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 14, Lauren Rich Fine and Gary Giller host a panel discussion with Plain Dealer editor Susan Goldberg, WMJI radio personality Jimmy Malone and TV personality Tim White. They'll talk about the state of media in an informal discussion at the east-side home of Fine, a former Wall Street media analyst. Then, at 10 a.m. Saturday, October 17, councilman Matt Zone will lead a tour of the newly renovated Capitol Theatre and the rejuvenated Gordon Square Arts District. The tour starts at 10 a.m. and concludes with lunch at Luxe. Tickets to each event are $50. Proceeds benefit the Cleveland International Film Festival, which returns to Tower City Cinemas March 18-28. Get more information and make reservations at

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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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