Film Festival 38 is in the record books

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Film Festival 38 ended Sunday night around 10PM.  Amid a crowd of thousands, fans cheered everyone who came to the stage for recognition.  Films that I either saw or made an impression: Joe Siebert’s documentary, “The Sax Man” garnered the local filmmaker award. Of course, it wouldn’t have seemed right without the subject of his […]

Waltz to an Excellent start to the 38th CIFF

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Frankly, the first movie of the 38th Cleveland International Film Festival was an ominous start. Crack, Back and Sack had a lot going for it.  Norwegian, Irreverent, Sexual tension and an attractive cast.   But all those ingredients couldn’t save it from being overly vulgar (discussing private parts really got old) and listless.  The characters were […]

Film Festival 37 ends on a high note

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Film festival 37 is history and I am a bit sad. Even though my cat and wife will (hopefully) be happier to see me, it was almost like being in high school where all you cared about was movies. Back to the grown up world I guess. That said, here are my impressions: EVERY year, […]

Film Festival 36 is a Take

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Every year, I tell myself I am not going to be sad now that my life returns to normalcy.  I won’t see my friends so frequently (e.g. once every hour and a half).  My neck feels vacant without my Press badge.  That yellow ball in the sky seems so bright.  Yes, number 36 is in […]

Day 9 Wrap Up

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We are heading into the last week of the Film Festival and it is with a sense of sadness and relief.  Every time my cats see my bright yellow film festival bag, they know I will be heading out 8 hours or more to see the world through film.  There is also a sense of […]

CIFF Year 36

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Where to start?   Frankly, I have reviewed the films and every year, it seems to get even more difficult to make my choices.  So, when I don’t know what to schedule, I turn to several friends who I know have assiduously studied the program.  Here are their picks the first weekend. FRIDAY, MARCH 23 […]

Its a wrap – 35th Cleveland Film Festival is in the record books

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With attendance increasing another 9% to over 78,000 people, CIFF is one of the few festivals that continues to grow leaps and bounds.  This was helped in part by the decision to have the festival take over Tower City Cinemas completely for the 11 days.  Although regular commercial movie attendees may have been disappointed, the […]

Film Festival – Try not to Cry for this film from Argentina

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Wednesday proved to be quite rewarding with two different films worth checking out. Anita is just another example of why I attend the Film Festival religiously each year.  It tells the tale of a young girl with Downs syndrome who becomes separated from her mother when the Israel Mutual Association is bombed in Buenos Aires.  […]