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Criterion Collection Comes to The Wexner Center

Hope Madden Hope Madden Criterion Collection Comes to The Wexner Center

With a lineup of programs celebrating cutting-edge filmmakers, rediscovering cinematic classics, and exploring movies from around the globe, why would the Wexner Center for the Arts take time out to honor the work of Criterion, a home video company? For Dave Filipi, Director of Film/Video at the Wex, the reason is obvious. “The people that […]

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America’s Longest Running Film Festival Returns to Columbus

Hope Madden Hope Madden America’s Longest Running Film Festival Returns to Columbus

This week marks the beginning of the Columbus International Film + Video Festival, a two-week procession of brand new films from all around the world. Also known as the Chris Awards, it is the nation’s longest running film festival, returning to Columbus for the 61st time. “In 1950 a group of progressive educators at Ohio […]

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Film Review: 12 Years a Slave

Hope Madden Hope Madden Film Review: 12 Years a Slave

Remarkable, isn’t it, that it took a foreign-born filmmaker, with the help of a mostly foreign-born cast, to properly tell the shamefully American tale 12 Years a Slave. Steve McQueen is the British director who artfully and impeccably translates Solomon Northup’s memoir of illegal captivity to the screen. Northup, played with breathtaking beauty by Chiwetel […]

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Shock and Horror Overtake Drexel This Weekend

Hope Madden Hope Madden Shock and Horror Overtake Drexel This Weekend

Back in 1993, a high school student attended an all night marathon of horror films at the now-defunct Drexel North. The program included The Shining, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and The Exorcist – films the lad had never seen before, let alone on a big screen with a likeminded crowd. Young Joe Neff was hooked. […]

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Film Review: Carrie

Hope Madden Hope Madden Film Review: Carrie

Back in ’76, Brian De Palma brought Stephen King’s first novel, Carrie, to the screen and a terrifying vision of persecution and comeuppance emerged. But that was almost twenty five years before Columbine, and the image of the bullied and confused wreaking bloody revenge at a high school has taken on a different tenor. That’s […]

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Animal Advocate Screens Dog Documentary at Gateway

Hope Madden Hope Madden Animal Advocate Screens Dog Documentary at Gateway

Nine years ago, Tammy Birk met a brunette that would change her life. By day, Birk teaches English and directs the Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies program at Otterbein University. But most of the rest of her time is focused on issues surrounding pit bulls because of Licorice, the dark haired pit she came to […]

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Film Review: Gravity

Hope Madden Hope Madden Film Review: Gravity

The wondrous galactic epic Gravity delivers an unmatched cinematic achievement. Co-writer/director Alfonso Cuarón sets you adrift in space, and for 90 minutes he leaves you breathless at the glory of the universe, and wrung out at the drama of attempted survival. His work will make you remember why you go to movies – to the […]

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