Years before RuPaul’s Drag Race winner Bianca Del Rio schooled the competition, they schooled audiences about state laws in the independent film Hurricane Bianca. Del Rio’s 2016 comedy stars drag queen, costume designer and comedian Roy Haylock/ Bianca Del Rio as a school teacher named Richard, who moves from NYC to small town Texas. Once
Do you need a reminder to appreciate every little thing you have? Check out the fascinating documentary Refugee Kids, about the students of the Refugee Youth Summer Academy. Run by the International Rescue Committee (which was founded by Albert Einstein), the Academy accepts 120 kids at a time from some of the most ravaged locales
Drive-ins, like carhops at diners, disappointing evenings at “Makeout Point” and Cruise Ins are the last vestiges of a car-centric culture that sprung up in the ‘50s. The Sundance Kid Drive-in Theater, which opened in Oregon in 1956, is a part of that “cool car tradition” that has persisted, even in the age of “Netflix
No longer the flyover states, Middle America is home to a fascinating cultural shift that includes art, music, food and unique characters. In Called to Walls (2016), two of these inspiring midwesterners team up to find out what makes their towns unique, artistically. From beyond the view of the high art world, community artists like
Watch Back to the Future the way it was meant to be seen: from the comfort of a lawn chair in a public park! During Fleetwood’s Movie Nights, the outdoor concert stage in Hensville Park transforms into a giant movie screen that shows family friendly flicks all summer long. On Saturday, June 3, the time
Cue the emotional violin music for Francis Ford Coppola’s powerful film adaptation of Mario Puzo’s classic novel, The Godfather. Part of Fathom Events’ presentation of TCM’s Big Screen Classics, the film will be prefaced with commentary by Ben Mankiewicz and Tiffany Vazquez— not that you’ll need an explanation to enjoy this lush, epic tale with
Few silent films speak as loudly as Fritz Lang’s near-opus Metropolis (M is his best film). A split dystopian/utopian society is at the heart of this futuristic tale from 1927. When a “soulless” worker from the subterranean mechanical heart of this metropolitan city finds himself topside, he falls in love with a beautiful woman who
The Toledo Jewish Film Festival, a five-week event showcasing one significantly Jewish film per week, kicks off on Monday, May 22 with Remember. Starring Oscar winners Christopher Plummer and Martin Landau, Remember (2015) is the tale of two old men taking a cross-continental trip to track down the Nazi who destroyed both of their lives
The one thing you absolutely need to accept about any film festival is that you won’t make it to every showing. Even when the films all play on one screen, and aren’t running concurrently, it’s just too big a time commitment for most people. That reality being realized, it’s imperative to select films carefully, plotting
If you reference celebrities with ties to Toledo, everyone knows Jamie Farr, the star of TV series MASH. Dig a little deeper and people will say Katie Holmes, the star of ‘90s teen TV series Dawson’s Creek and films such as Thank You For Smoking and Batman Begins. After that, it gets a little hazy.
Assimilation is hard, especially when you’re from another planet. Meditate on the meaning of adjustment with the Michigan Theater’s upcoming screening of the 1984 Afrofuturist film, The Brother from Another Planet. Sometimes silly, but always fascinating and thoughtful, this classic sci-fi film follows a sweet-natured, mute Black man who has escaped enslavement on another planet.
The Maumee Uptown Business Association wants your short films. Hosting the Maumee Film Fest in September, the MUBA is seeking submissions from filmmakers high school age or older. Compete for cash prizes and recognition. Films must have a maximum run time of 12 minutes. In addition to the main film competition, there is also a