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Ohio Civil Rights Doc ‘Free to Ride’ Comes to Gateway

Hope Madden Hope Madden Ohio Civil Rights Doc ‘Free to Ride’ Comes to Gateway

Bussing has been an issue of civil rights from the beginning, but is there still social relevance in the topic? Jamaal Bell of The Ohio State University’s Kirwan Institute says yes. Along with producer/writer Matt Martin, Bell made the documentary Free to Ride. His film explores a precedent-setting achievement. Simply installing three bus stops between […]

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Locally Produced Film Tackles Transit Access as Civil Rights Issue

Brent Warren Brent Warren Locally Produced Film Tackles Transit Access as Civil Rights Issue

In 2011 the city of Beavercreek, Ohio refused a request from the Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority to extend an existing bus line an additional three stops. What sounds like a minor local news story turned into much more, and a new film documenting the resultant civil rights complaint and the eventual overturning of the […]

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Holy Chicken May Not be a Real Restaurant, But Still Delivers an Important Message

Walker Evans Walker Evans Holy Chicken May Not be a Real Restaurant, But Still Delivers an Important Message

Just like the tagline proclaims, Holy Chicken is indeed too good to be true. It’s not healthy. It’s not even likely to become a real restaurant beyond the four day pop-up. But the purpose behind it is indeed real, and the message it conveys is an important one. Holy Chicken founder and documentary filmmaker Morgan […]

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Yoga + Documentary Film Event at Strongwater

Hope Madden Hope Madden Yoga + Documentary Film Event at Strongwater

Young professionals and networking – yes. Cocktails? Sure. Yoga – maybe. Alzheimer’s research and prevention? Actually, yes. In fact, our local Alzheimer’s Association Junior Committee has managed to wrap all these items up in one event – a screening of their short film Elephants in the Room at Strongwater Food & Spirits (401 W. Town […]

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Local Drag Documentary Sells Out at The Wexner Center

Hope Madden Hope Madden Local Drag Documentary Sells Out at The Wexner Center

A few years back, filmmaker Gabrielle Burton was invited to a drag show by a friend whose husband was performing. “His husband is Virginia West,” she remembers. “He’s one of the headlining queens of Columbus. It was fantastic – just this explosion of creativity on stage.” What began as a fun night out turned into […]

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Visiting Filmmaker Brings Taken By Storm Doc to Wexner Center

Hope Madden Hope Madden Visiting Filmmaker Brings Taken By Storm Doc to Wexner Center

In a digital age, when technology has made filmmaking simpler and more affordable than ever before, director Roddy Bogawa still works in 16mm film. Maybe that’s why Storm Thorgerson – an iconic image maker whose medium has all but vanished – was such a draw. In his film Taken by Storm: The Art of Storm […]

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Filmmaker Brings Decline of Western Civilization to The Wexner Center

Hope Madden Hope Madden Filmmaker Brings Decline of Western Civilization to The Wexner Center

In 1981, Penelope Spheeris released a film that would create the language for an explosion of documentaries to follow. The Decline of Western Civilization, her definitive exploration of the 1980 LA punk rock scene, introduced viewers to a reality most did not know existed at that time. In ’88 she returned to the LA fringe […]

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