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Bexley Native Brings Political Doc Home

Hope Madden Hope Madden Bexley Native Brings Political Doc Home

It’s been a 10-year journey, but Bexley native Travis Irvine thinks the timing may be perfect for his trip from failure to success to more failure to – well, maybe this is the time he can make the biggest impact. In 2007, filmmaker Irvine ran for mayor of Bexley. He’d recently graduated from Ohio University […]

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JLaw’s Maternal Instinct Onscreen This Weekend

Hope Madden Hope Madden JLaw’s Maternal Instinct Onscreen This Weekend

Darren Aronofsky returns to cinemas to remind us all that, before he produced measured, impeccable dramas like The Wrestler and Black Swan, he made bat shit insane art—The Fountain, anyone? His mother! (love that exclamation point!) delivers the nuttiest bit of cinema so far this year. mother! Darren Aronofsky is grappling with some things. Jennifer […]

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Locally Made Mockumentary Rakes In Festival Noms

Hope Madden Hope Madden Locally Made Mockumentary Rakes In Festival Noms

Mark Stewart wears many hats. He consults, does video work for the non-profit Move to Prosper, and sits on the board of directors for Mid-Ohio Food Bank. He’s also a filmmaker—apparently a pretty good one. Mock and Roll is his first screenplay, and it’s already racking up nominations on the film festival circuit. “I retired […]

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Creepy Dolls, Australian Camping & Other Bad Ideas at the Movies

Hope Madden Hope Madden Creepy Dolls, Australian Camping & Other Bad Ideas at the Movies

It’s Halloween in August – is that a thing? Well it is today, because Annabelle: Creation joins a couple of other horror flicks as the likeliest thing you’ll see this weekend. It’s mid-August, friends, which means that everything the studios did not expect to be a summer blockbuster and any awards-bait they deem an unlikely […]

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Inaugural Black International Film Festival Opens This Weekend

Hope Madden Hope Madden Inaugural Black International Film Festival Opens This Weekend

This weekend marks the opening of the first – and hopefully annual – Columbus Black International Film Festival, a program designed to address the “lack of representation of black independent film in the current Columbus film festivals and the need for inclusiveness in the film scene,” says festival director, founder and CEO Cristyn Steward. A […]

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Local Filmmaker’s Holy Hustle Takes Over Gateway Film Center

Hope Madden Hope Madden Local Filmmaker’s Holy Hustle Takes Over Gateway Film Center

Columbus may be becoming a draw for Hollywood – recent CBUS-shot films starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and John Travolta are reason for optimism – but the local film industry is already thriving. Want proof? Awalkonwater – a local production house – planned to premier its latest film Holy Hustle at Gateway Film Center on July 15. […]

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Tripodis and Whitney: Local Filmmakers at Columbus International Film & Video Festival

Hope Madden Hope Madden Tripodis and Whitney: Local Filmmakers at Columbus International Film & Video Festival

You may recognize the voice and know the name, but that doesn’t mean you know Dino Tripodis. The longtime Sunny 95 morning man has been involved in Columbus film for years, and you’ll get the chance to see that first hand at the Columbus International Film & Video Festival this weekend. Tripodis produces, co-writes and […]

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