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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Cleveland-Based Company to Distribute Two Winning Movies From This Year’s Chagrin Documentary Film Festival

Posted By on Tue, Feb 18, 2020 at 8:27 AM

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The Chagrin Documentary Film Festival (CDFF) and Gravitas Ventures have announced a new partnership to benefit documentary filmmakers and further their shared missions of promoting the art of documentary film.

Beginning this year, the locally based company Gravitas Ventures will offer guaranteed distribution to over 100 million homes in North America via its partnerships in the cable, satellite, telco and OTT space to the winners in two categories at the Chagrin Documentary Film Festival that’s scheduled to take place from Oct. 6 through Oct. 11.

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Thursday, February 13, 2020

CIFF Names Patrik-Ian Polk as This Year's DReam Catcher Program and Award Recipient

Posted By on Thu, Feb 13, 2020 at 12:28 PM

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The Cleveland International Film Festival has named pioneering LGBTQ filmmaker Patrik-Ian Polk as its second Dream Catcher Program and Award recipient.

While in Cleveland for the festival, which takes place from March 25 to April 5, Polk will spend his time in Cleveland meeting with organizations whose missions support the LGBTQ community. He'll also meet with LGBTQ and film school student groups.

The DReam Catcher Award will be presented to Polk as part of the CIFF44 Closing Night Ceremony on Sunday, April 5.

An award-winning writer-director-producer-composer known for his films and TV series exploring the Black LGBTQ experience, Polk is often referred to as the Father of Black Gay Cinema. He created the “groundbreaking, first-of-its-kind,” gay black series Noah’s Arc for MTV/Logo in 2005.

Polk’s feature directorial debut, PUNKS, premiered at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival and won the Best Independent Feature Film Award at the 24th Cleveland International Film Festival. The film will have a 20th anniversary screening at this year’s CIFF.

The DReam Catcher Program and Award celebrates LGBTQ artists through the recognition of an LGBTQ filmmaker at each CIFF. It was established in 2019 to honor the life and memory of the late David K. Ream, a beloved and long-serving CIFF trustee.

CIFF44 program details will be available online on Friday, Feb. 28. Tickets will go on sale to CIFF Members on Friday, March 6, and to the general public on Friday, March 13.

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Friday, February 7, 2020

Grog Shop to Screen Documentary About Rolling Stone Brian Jones on Feb. 23

Posted By on Fri, Feb 7, 2020 at 1:42 PM

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Rolling Stone: Life and Death of Brian Jones, the first documentary about Brian Jones, a founding member of the Rolling Stones, will screen at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 23, at the Grog Shop in Cleveland Heights.

The film chronicles how Jones emerged as the "face of the Bohemian Swingin’ London” scene in the 1960s. He would top the charts with the Stones and date model/actress Anita Pallenberg.

Targeted by the authorities and media, his relationship with Pellenberg disintegrated and he fell out of favor with the Stones. In 1969, he was found dead at the bottom of his swimming pool. There’s some evidence that Jones was murdered, and that the murder was covered up. The film explores this theory.

Tickets to the screening cost $10.

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Thursday, February 6, 2020

Capitol Theatre to Screen Parkland Documentary with Discussion on Gun Violence

Posted By on Thu, Feb 6, 2020 at 12:59 PM

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The Capitol Theatre will host a special screening of the documentary After Parkland Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 7:30 p.m. to commemorate the second anniversary of the deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in 2018.

The film follows students and their families in the days following the attack which killed 17, and the "Never Again" movement, led by David Hogg, which emerged in the wake of the violence. The screening will be followed by an audience discussion with representatives from the Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence (OCAGV). Portions of the evening's concessions sales will also be donated to OCAGV.

“The Capitol Theatre is proud to play a vital role in the community by showing important films such as After Parkland,” said Cleveland Cinemas' Dave Huffman, in a statement provided to the media. "What sets the Capitol apart from other theatres is our dedication to present great documentaries like this and hosting audience discussions."

Tickets are $9.75 for adults, $8.75 for students and military, $7 for seniors and $6.75 for children. Tickets can be purchased at the box office or online.

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Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Cedar Lee to Host Special Screening for Beloved Concessions Worker

Posted By on Tue, Jan 28, 2020 at 1:47 PM

Arjeye Lacey, who died Jan. 19 at the age of 36. - PHOTO COURTESY OF COLORSCAPES CLEVELAND
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  • Arjeye Lacey, who died Jan. 19 at the age of 36.

Regular attendees at the Cedar Lee will no doubt recognize the face, if not the name, of Arjeye Lacey. He was a Cleveland Cinemas employee who worked the concession stand for nearly 20 years and was known for his warmth and passion for movies.

On Jan. 19, the 36-year-old Lacey passed away, and Cleveland Cinemas is grieving the sudden, tragic loss.

“Arjeye will be missed by his co-workers and customers alike,” said Jon Forman, President of Cleveland Cinemas, in a statement provided to the media. “His love of movies and dedication to his job made him a shining presence at the theatre.”

The Cedar Lee will host a special screening of Moonrise Kingdom, one of Lacey's favorite films, Feb. 4 at 7 p.m. to help the family with funeral expenses. 100 percent of the evening's proceeds will go to Lacey's family.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the Cedar Lee box office or online.


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Local Horror Film to Screen at Two Upcoming Festivals

Posted By on Tue, Jan 28, 2020 at 9:15 AM

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The locally based production company Fly-By-Wire Films has teamed up with Cleveland’s Distillation Studios to release its newest short film, From Darkness Returned. Produced for the 48 Hour Film Horror Project, the film has been selected to screen at two upcoming local film festivals, the Fun Mill Film Festival that takes place on Feb. 16 at Atlas Cinema Lakeshore in Euclid and the Short. Sweet. Film Festival. that takes place from Feb. 28 to March 1 at the Alex Theatre at the 9 (From Darkness Returned will screen at 7 p.m. on Feb. 28 during the Local Filmmakers Program).

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Friday, January 24, 2020

'Napoleon Dynamite' Stars Head to Akron This Spring in Honor of Film's 15th Anniversary, Gosh

Posted By on Fri, Jan 24, 2020 at 4:05 PM

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In honor of the Napoleon Dynamite's 15th anniversary, stars from the cult favorite are headed to Akron this spring for a special event screening and Q&A.

Come Friday, May 15, the 2004 independent film — which brought the world choice lines like "Whatever I feel like I wanna do, gosh," and "Make yourself a dang quesa-dilluh," ⁠— hits the Akron Civic Theatre, with actors Jon Heder (Napoleon), Efren Ramirez (Pedro) and Jon Gries (Uncle Rico) in tow.

Tickets go on sale next Friday and must be paid for in currency other than tater tots. Prices run between $22 and $150.

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