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Columbus Documentary Week

April 26, 2018 12:00 am

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An event every day that begins at 12:00 am, repeating until May 6, 2018 12:00 am

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Columbus Documentary Week, the only documentary celebration of its kind, returns to the independent, non-profit Gateway Film Center April 26 to May 6. Now an expanded eleven-day festival, Columbus Documentary Week includes 31 controversial, thoughtful, and insightful documentaries including stories behind extraordinary art, music, cultural issues, and human beings around the globe.

Gateway Film Center President Chris Hamel works year-round to discover and bring to Ohio influential documentaries that can’t be seen anywhere else. “Great documentaries connect to us because they’re true stories that reveal something surprising about our world,” said Hamel. “You’re likely to find several documentaries that will be nominated for an Academy Award next year in this week’s lineup.”

Kicking off this year’s Columbus Documentary Week on Thursday, April 26 is Wasted! The Story of Food Waste at 7 p.m., Our New President at 8 p.m., and The Devil and Father Amorth at 9 p.m. In addition, some films will feature panel discussions and filmmaker appearances including Ashley Bell (Love & Bananas on April 29) and Erik Ljung (The Blood Is at the Doorstep on April 30).

Wasted! The Story of Food Waste aims to change the way people buy, cook, recycle, and eat food. Through the eyes of chef-heroes like Anthony Bourdain, Dan Barber, Mario Batali, Massimo Bottura, and Danny Bowien, audiences will see how the world’s most influential chefs make the most of every kind of food, transforming what most people consider scraps into incredible dishes that create a more secure food system. In partnership with Edible Columbus, the Thursday night screening will include a special panel discussion featuring Chef Bill Glover (Columbus Hilton Downtown), Todd Mills (Acre Restaurant), and Dr. Brian Roe (The Ohio State University).

In Sundance favorite Our New President, Russian-American director Maxim Pozdorovkin (Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer) delivers a sly slow-burning oddity in this documentary about Russia’s love for Donald Trump, made up entirely of state news clips and bizarre user-generated videos. Pozdorovkin referred to Our New President as a collection of propaganda, a film with almost no true statements at any point – fake news if you will, but only more so.

Years after he changed the landscape of American filmmaking with 1973’s The Exorcist, director, co-writer, and legendary storyteller William Friedkin moves from fiction to fact with his new documentary, The Devil and Father Amorth. What began as a brief conversation between Friedkin and Father Gabrielle Amorth – the head Exorcist for the Diocese of Rome for over 30 years – as two professionals who knew of each other’s work soon transformed into an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, as Amorth agreed Friedkin could film an exorcism ceremony.

Columbus Documentary Week is sponsored in part by the Greater Columbus Film Commission, Eden Burger, and Barnana. Join Gateway Film Center April 26 to May 6 for 31 innovative, insightful, and inspiring documentaries.

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