Scene's Must-See Picks at the Cleveland International Film Festival for Friday, April 6

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Geek Girls

We assume guys domination the geek world, but director Gina Hara sets out to prove otherwise with Geek Girls, a documentary film about female "geeks, nerds, fans [and] outcasts." The director talks to a variety of bloggers, a gaming professional and an aerospace engineer, and the film also addresses issues such as misogyny, cyberbullying and harassment as it provides a "meditation on the complex ways humans embrace identities to find and create community." It screens at 12:10 p.m. at Tower City Cinemas.


This documentary film includes interviews with some of the craft brewing industry's biggest innovators from some of the most famous breweries. It also includes segments with home brewers who work off their stoves and follows a New York law clerk as he tries to turn pro. It screens at 4 p.m. at Tower City Cinemas, and a Film Forum follows.

Bad Reputation

When Joan Jett played Hard Rock Live a few years ago, she demonstrated just how relevant her music remains. Backed by a group of tattooed and spiked hair dudes who looked like they could pass as Green Day, Jett rocked hard and encouraged the band to jam on several tunes too. This new documentary chronicles her early days with the Runaways and her remarkable solo career. It screens at 7:30 p.m. at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Getting Naked: A Burlesque Story

In documenting New York's burlesque scene, director James Lester uncovers some fascinating stories. One dancer who goes by the name of Minnie Tonka battles health problems. Hazel Honeysuckle, another dancer, struggles to make a mark; she's an up-and-coming performer who still needs to work on her craft. Ultimately, the film aims to "underscore burlesque's artistry and rich history." It screens at 8:45 p.m. at Tower City Cinemas.


Oscar winner Charlize Theron stars as Marlo, a mother of three kids who struggles to keep up with the chore of raising the children. As a gift, her wealthy brother (Mark Duplass) hires Tully (Mackenzie Davis), a night nanny, to help out and provide some moral support. The friendship they form becomes this drama's main focus. The third collaboration between director Jason Reitman and screenwriter Diablo Cody, Tully will receive a theatrical release later this year. Think of this showing as a cool sneak peek. The movie screens at 9 p.m. at Tower City Cinemas.

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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