2018 Over-the-Rhine International Film Festival to debut September 26-30

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Formerly, the ReelAbilities Film Festival, the 2018 Over-the-Rhine International Film Festival organized by LADD, a local non-profit that supports adults with disabilities, will debut September 26-30 and present stories that celebrate the human spirit. Cincinnati’s historic neighborhood, Over-the-Rhine, will host the film screenings at Washington Park, Erich Kunzel Center for Arts and Education (S.C.P.A.), Woodward Theatre, Mini Microcinema and Music Hall. The newly-named festival will showcase five tracks: freedom, diversity, identity, disability, and faith. Nearly 65 short and feature films have been selected by the jury.

Festival screening highlights include: “Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me,” community screening of Disney’s “Christopher Robin,” free screening of “Queen of Katwe,” the Midwest Premieres of “Happy Lucky Golden Tofu Panda Dragon Good Time Fun Fun Show,” “Take a Look at This Heart” and “Charged: The Eduardo Garcia Story” as well as the Cincinnati Exclusive Screening of “Two Beats, One Soul, and the Cincinnati Premiere of “United Skates.”

Some 20 Hollywood celebrities, including Academy Award and Golden Globe nominee, Virginia Madsen, Zach Anner of ABC’s “Speechless,” Merle Dandridge star of OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network’s “Greenleaf,” Drew Lachey, Member of “98 Degrees” band, and Tanika Ray, Co-Host of “EXTRA,” will travel to Cincinnati to participate in exclusive screenings, panel discussions and events.  

The curatorial team for the 2018 Festival includes: TT Stern-Enzi, a local film critic for CityBeat and FOX 19 and serves as lead curator for the film festival and educator in several schools and venues in Cincinnati; Adam Piron, a programmer for Sundance Film Festival shorts; and Opal Bennet, who programs for the Nantucket Film Festival, NY Doc, Tribeca Film Festival and Sundance London. 

“We are structuring the Over-the-Rhine International Film Festival with the key elements necessary to become a major destination film festival,” said Jack Geiger, managing director of the Festival. “We focus on stories that celebrate the human spirit, our shared humanity and our desire for a more meaningful way to connect. We are also excited that this film festival can be an impactful part of the many efforts that are building a welcoming and diverse community in Cincinnati and throughout the region.”

The 2018 Festival is chaired by Kitty Rosenthal, Arlene Koth, Jon Sanchez and Scott Van Nice, Kim Vincent and Jenny McCloy are also returning from chairing the film festival in 2017 as Chairs Emeritus. The 2018 Honorary Chairs include: Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley and Cincinnati Reds’ Teddy Kremer.

Festival Event Schedule

Visit OTRFilmFest.org for the full schedule of events and screenings.

Wednesday, September 26

  • 12 p.m., Opening Kick-Off Luncheon at Duke Energy Center, downtown
  • 6 p.m.,   “Mind/Game: The Unquiet Journey of Chamique Holdsclaw,” Erich Kunzel Center for Arts and Education (S.C.P.A.), Mayerson Theater
  • 7 p.m., Innocence Project  (In collaboration with UC and Cincinnati Opera) featuring Blind Injustice by the Cincinnati Opera and screening of “Conviction: The True Story of Clarence Elkins,” Erich Kunzel Center for Arts and Education (S.C.P.A.), Corbett Theater
  • 7 p.m., Disney's Christopher Robin,” Free Community Movie at Washington Park, Over-the-Rhine

Thursday, September 27

  • 8 a.m., Interfaith Breakfast at Cintas Center on the Campus of Xavier University, featuring Michigan Supreme Court Justice Richard Bernstein
  • 6:15 p.m., Midwest Premiere of “Happy Lucky Golden Tofu Panda Dragon Good Time Fun Fun Show,” Erich Kunzel Center for Arts and Education (S.C.P.A.), Corbett Theater, Over-the-Rhine
  • 7 p.m., A Night Honoring Veterans featuring Navy Seal Jon Sanchez, Woodward Theater, Over-the-Rhine
  • 8 p.m. “Being Rachel” (In collaboration with the Ken Anderson Alliance)

Friday, September 28

  • 7:15 p.m., Midwest Premiere of “Charged: The Eduardo Garcia Story,” Erich Kunzel Center for Arts and Education (S.C.P.A.), Corbett Theater
  • 8:30 p.m., Midwest Premiere of “Take A Look at This Heart,” Erich Kunzel School for the Performing Arts (SCPA), Mayerson Theater
  • 9:30 p.m., Exclusive Screening and Performance, “Label-less by Lachey Arts,” Erich Kunzel Center for Arts and Education (S.C.P.A.), Corbett Theater

Saturday, September 29

  • 12 p.m., Cincinnati Premiere, “United Skates,” Erich Kunzel Center for Arts and Education (S.C.P.A.), Corbett Theater
  • 6 p.m., The Rat Pack Bash: A Tribute to Sammy Davis Jr., Festival Awards Ceremony and Film Screening of “I’ve Gotta Be Me,” Erich Kunzel Center for Arts and Education (S.C.P.A.), Corbett Theater and Music Hall

Sunday, September 30

  • 2 p.m., “Disney’s Queen of Katwe,” Free Community Movie, Erich Kunzel Center for Arts and Education (S.C.P.A.), Corbett Theater
  • 4:30 p.m., Cincinnati Exclusive Screening, “Two Beats, One Soul,” Erich Kunzel Center for Arts and Education (S.C.P.A.), Corbett Theater

Films which have been selected for the 2018 Festival include: “100,000 Miles A Second” (Short), “93 Miles” (Short), “A Ferry Tale” (Short), “A Level Playing Field” (Short), “A Place Where We Can Be Treated Fairly” (Short), “After Death in Heaven” (Short), “Aiden’s Journey: The Next Chapter” (Short), “Anyone Like Me” (Short), “Being Rachel” (Feature), “Birth of a New Form: Lineillism Revealed” (Short), “Carry On Little Sis” (Short), “Charged: The Eduardo Garcia Story” (Feature), “Fool” (Short), “Godspeed: The Pace of Being Known” (Short), “Happy Lucky Golden Tofu Panda Dragon Good Time Fun Fun Show” (Feature), “Harlem Blues” (Short), “How the Moon Fell From the Sky and No On Even Noticed” (Short), “Hypo” (Short), “Irony” (Short), “Just Go!” (Short), “Let Us Dance” (Feature), “Life In Strides” (Short), Mumpsimus and Halcyon Discord” (Short), “My Dad Matthew” (Short), “Outburst” (Short), “Palacios” (Feature), “Peggie” (Short), “Project Home: The Next Battle” (Short), “Queen of Katwe” (Feature), “Sammy Davis Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me” (Feature), “Sexual Being” (Short), “Sing Me” (Short), “Snowflakes & Diamonds” (Short), “Standing Still | Standing Still” (Short), Take A Look At This Heart” (Feature), “The Best Little Coffeehouse in Maryland” (Short), “The Children Act” (Feature), “The Color of Me” (Short), “The Intimate Realities of Water” (Feature), “The Last Embrace” (Short), “The Magic Bracelet” (Short), “Thin Lines” (Short), “True Colors” (Short) and “Unmasked” (Short).

Individual screening tickets, event tickets and an All Access Pass as well as more information on films and events are available at OTRFilmFest.org or by calling (513) 487-3939.

Celebrities to attend the 2018 Over-the-Rhine International Film Festival:

  • Virginia Madsen is a talented actress who has starred in roles such as “Candyman,” “Sideways,” “Joy,” “American Gothic,” “Designated Survivor” and more. She is also an Academy Award and Golden Globe nominee.
  • Zach Anner of ABC’s “Speechless” is a comedian, television writer, public speaker, and YouTube personality.
  • Ray and Vivian Chew own Chew Entertainment, a premiere event production firm where they produce events for Carnegie Hall, The National Urban League, NAACP, Jackie Robinson Foundation, Bergen and the Apollo Theater. Ray is the current Musical Director for ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars.”
  • Merle Dandridge star of OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network’s “Greenleaf” and is best known for her starring roles on Broadway: Tony Award-winning “Once on This Island” (Papa Ge), “Spamalot” (Lady of the Lake), “Tarzan" (Kala), “Aida” (Aida), “Rent” (Joanne), “Jesus Christ Superstar.”
  • Chamique Holdsclaw played college basketball at the University of Tennessee and would go on to be the #1 Pick in the 1999 WNBA Draft and she had the honor of winning an Olympic Gold Medal with Team USA at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games.
  • Jenn Jordan has been waking up Cincinnati since 2002. As the Morning Show Personality for Cincinnati's Q102 radio station, Jenn leads the successful "Jeff & Jenn Show" that airs weekdays. One of Jenn’s favorite moments with Q was arranging the first Autism Speaks walk in Cincinnati when more than 3,000 people came out in the pouring rain to support families like hers who are living with autism.
  • Drew Lachey, Member of “98 Degrees” band and co-founder of Lachey Arts.
  • Lea Lachey, Co-founder of Lachey Arts and award-winning choreographer.
  • Wayne Box Miller is an award winning media professional, diversity communicator and owner of WBM Media.
  • Carrie Preston, Emmy Award-winning actress from “The Good Wife” and TNT’s “Claws.”
  • Tanika Ray is back at EXTRA as co-host after eight years. Tanika spent her time caring for her beloved daughter and flexing other talents in her wheelhouse. She recently hosted Hollywood Today Live, CW’s “Oh Sit”, Lifetime’s “The Rap Game’s Reunion” show, two seasons of Lifetime’s “Little Women LA Reunion” specials and two shows for the wildly popular HGTV network, “Design Star.”
  • Kate Rigg’s comedy career started with the cult hit “Kate’s Chink-O-Rama” featuring the chinkorama dancers which toured the country, was invited to PSNBC, HBO Time Warner Workspace, and was excerpted for PBS
  • Melinda Weekes is the President of Weekes In Advance Enterprises, an organizational development firm offering consulting, facilitation, coaching and professional development services in arts and culture, social innovation, racial equity and collaborative leadership spaces.

2018 Over-the-Rhine International Film Festival Global Village

The 2018 Over-the-Rhine International Film Festival will present a Global Village experience to create a welcoming environment for cultural exchange. It features an international beer and wine garden on 12th Street that will be complemented by world music performed by local and national DJs. The Global Village experience will also include area OTR businesses that will host “pre and post” movie receptions as well as conversations that will feature festival filmmakers and talent. Finally, Washington Park will host sponsor tents that will also present various consumer activations.

Film Jurors for the 2018 Over-the-Rhine International Film Festival

More than 150 feature and short-length films were submitted by Hollywood and independent filmmakers from around the world. The jurors for the 2018 Over-the-Rhine International Film Festival are as follows:

  • Maya Solis, Manager, Native Film Program, Sundance
  • Courtney Parker, V.P. of Alternative Programming, Adaptive Studios, is a television and publishing veteran, who among many other credits wrote and worked for seven years on TV’s #1 franchise Law & Order.
  • Jim Brunzell (aGLIFF-The All Genders, Lifestyles, and Identities Film Festival) is the Program Director for the All Genders, Lifestyles and Identities Film Festival (aGLIFF) in Austin, Texas.
  • Tim Gordon, Critic and Founder of the Lakefront Film Festival
  • Amber Espinosa Jones, Outreach & Inclusion Coordinator, Sundance Institute- supporting artists from underrepresented backgrounds and assisting community outreach.  
  • Michael Chenevert, Actor/Producer, Star of Off-Broadway play, "An Adam Experiment,” TV credits include “Ugly Betty,” “Boardwalk Empire,” “Law and Order SVU,” and “The Following.” The show will make its Cincinnati debut at the Aronoff Center for the Arts in February 2019.
  • Matthew Faraci, President and Founder of Inspire Buzz, and Executive Producer for the Dove Channel

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About the Over-the-Rhine International Film Festival

Organized by LADD, the 2018 Over-the-Rhine International Film Festival will take place September 26-30 throughout the OTR community, including the Woodward Theater, the Erich Kunzel Center for Arts and Education (S.C.P.A.), Mini Microcinema, Music Hall Ballroom and Washington Park. Formerly the successful Cincinnati ReelAbilities Film Festival, this annual event utilizes the medium of film to present stories that celebrate the human spirit.

About LADD 

Founded in 1975, LADD, guided by the belief that all people have ability and value, empowers adults with disabilities to live, work and connect. LADD, serving nearly 500 people, is one of the largest community-based housing providers in Ohio for people with disabilities.

 

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