Frustrated by the lack of multicultural, leftist film spaces in Central Ohio, local political organizers and zinesters, Rooney Elmi and Ingrid Raphael decided to co-create NO EVIL EYE, a radical micro-cinema that aims to redefine the creative and social parameters of non-metropolitan film scenes. By curating an eclectic mix of films from up-and-coming and emerging filmmakers with a mission to represent their respective audiences and build a healthy counterculture, NO EVIL EYE is actively spearheading a physical space that fosters the union between the personal and the political and is pleased to announce they’ll be throwing their first ever event at Wexner Center for the Arts on Thursday May 9th!
As part of the annual Flyover Festival and in collaboration with the good people at Wexner Center’s Film and Video department, NO EVIL EYE is launching its inaugural showcase with a hour long short film program exploring the theme of diasporic reckoning through landscapes, legacy, and memory. This specially curated edition highlights award winning filmmakers from around the world and Ohio’s very own, to form a lyrical mediation on race and migration that mirrors the growing immigrant community and changing landscape in Columbus. The May 9th event is FREE to the public and will start with a reception doubling as mini-zine fair with local print publishers and political organizations, followed by introductions from the co-founders, hour long short film program, and talk back with the audience and invited filmmaker, Mitch E. Vicieux. Full program lineup available here.
In addition to film programming, NO EVIL EYE will be holding free workshops for young creatives eager to dive into the greater world of cinephilia with plans to take the microcinema on the road around the United States and abroad with Spectacle Theater in New York as their next destination this summer! Make sure to join us for this one-of-a-kind kickoff event and connect with 614’s brightest artistic voices!
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