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Wednesday October 2 through Sunday October 6:
The Over The Rhine International Film Festival

   The OTRIFF returns for another year, an ambitious and massive undertaking, encompassing OTR, Downtown, the Banks and NKY:
83 films plus 5 repeats and 7 free panel discussions spread across 7 screening venues, with special events elsewhere.
   The breakout is weighted toward shorts and docs – 38 feature films and 45 shorts in 12 blocks; 37 narrative and 46 documentary.  The meat of the schedule is Thursday through Saturday with 10-12 hours of film per day; Wednesday offers the opening night film and reception; and there are four films on Sunday. 
   General festival info is here:  Festival film tix range from $10 to $250, panel discussions are free. Filmmaker appearances are scheduled for some, but not all, screenings. As with most festivals there is some flux with last minute changes and updates, and at some point we imagine there will be a downloadable schedule.

The Garfield Theatre will host 27 films and 2 panel discussions.

   For our CWC film family, we prepared a downloadable/print-formatted PDF file with the following info:
  * list of venues, with links, type of seating and capacity;
  * list of festival ticket options and prices;
  * a chronological list of films with links, title, type, price, start time and venue.

The list was accurate as of time of update last Thursday – recommend visiting the official festival site for film synopses, tickets and new info.


   * Festival programmers have scheduled five films for repeat screenings. The encore titles and locations are:  Lil' Buck, Saturday, AMC Newport; America, Sunday, CAC; Hearts of Glass and The Journey and The Butterfly Trees, all three on Sunday at the Garfield.  

   * The new documentary feature What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael about legendary film critic Pauline Kael will screen Friday, 5:45 at the Garfield, followed by a free panel discussion sponsored by Women in Film Cincinnati, featuring Washington Post film critic Ann Hornaday and Cincinnati's beloved Margaret McGurk, moderated by Aymie Majerski of Barking Fish.

   * Cincinnati writer Steve Oldfield will be present for the screening of his documentary Rush to Judgment, focusing on the teenagers from Covington Catholic High School who came face-to-face with protesters at the Lincoln Memorial.  See it Saturday, 2:00 at the Garfield, followed by a free panel discussion on how media defines reality.

   * Cincinnati native Jo Sittenfeld will be present for the screening of her award-winning documentary Ethan, Saturday, 8:15 at the Garfield.

   The OTRIFF is different than the recent Cindependent Film Festival, which presented a marathon of 100 shorts and 2 features in a single venue where you could conceivably see every film based on your endurance.
   Spread over 7 venues with concurrent screenings, there is no way you can see every OTRIFF film. Your best bet is (a) to peruse the film synopses and (b) pick venues that offer an acceptable screening experience.
   Our take so far is that all films have been thoughtfully selected and have merit based upon subject matter appeal to individual viewers.  ENJOY!