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Essential Event Info

W H A T :

  • Director Jim Klein, USA, 1996, 60 minutes.
  • Genre: Documentary - history, business, transportation.
  • A CRACK IN THE PAVEMENT (World Premiere!)
  • Director Andrea Torrice, USA, 2008, 25 minutes.
  • Genre: Documentary - local history, suburbs, urban planning.
  • Discussion after screenings.
  • The films are NR (not rated) but suitable for all audiences.

  • W H E N :

  • Tuesday, July 14, 2009, 7 pm
  • Catered reception with filmmakers at 6 pm, with cash bar, hosted by SOFA
  • Wednesday, July 15, 2009, 7 pm
  • Doors open 60 minutes before screening time for socializing and cash bar.

  • W H E R E :

  • The Carnegie Center for the Visual & Performing Arts
    1028 Scott Blvd., Covington KY 41011.
  • FREE PARKING on-site and in nearby lots. Click for Parking Map.

  • T I C K E T   P R I C E S :

  • Tickets for July 14 are $12 in advance and $15+$1 at the door.**
  • Starting at 4pm, before the reception and film on July 14, SOFA will conduct a filmmaker workshop at the Carnegie. Purchase of an advance ticket for the film/reception on Tuesday will include free admission to the workshop. Otherwise, the cost is $15. Learn more...

  • Tickets for July 15 are $8 in advance and $10+$1 at the door.**

  • Tickets for July 15 for students and Enjoy the Arts members with valid ID are $8, available only at the door 30 minutes before show time.

  • ** NOTE: Any ticket physically sold by the Carnegie will incur a $1.00 facility charge in ADDITION to the face value of the ticket -- this applies to tix purchased in advance by phone or in person, and tix sold at the door.

  • A D V A N C E   T I C K E T S :

  • ticketfusion.com

  • By phone:
  • the Carnegie, 859-491-2030, Tues-Fri 12pm-5pm
  • tollfree, 1-877-548-3237, Mon-Fri 9am-7pm

  • In person at these area locations:
    (click locations for a map)

  • Clifton-Ludlow Ave. -
      Sitwell's Coffee House
      513 281 7487
  • Mt. Lookout Square -
      Lookout Joe Coffee Roasters

      513 871 8626
  • Northside-Hamilton Ave -
      Shake It Music & Video
      513 591 0123
  • Downtown Cincinnati -
      Coffee Emporium
      513 651 5483
  • Covington -
      The Carnegie

  • Tickets will also be on sale at the door, subject to availability.

    Q U E S T I O N S :

  • Phone, 859.957.FILM, Mon-Sat 9a-7p
  • Email, via "Contact" in the Main Menu

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    Cincinnati World Cinema &
    the Southern Ohio Filmmakers Association
    welcome directors Jim Klein and Andrea Torrice
    and proudly present two timely and important documentary films...

    Taken For A Ride

    IN THE NEWS...
          >>>   CityBeat Recommends, July 14-15 To-Do Pick. Read it here.
          >>>   WKRC-TV Newsmakers, Dan Hurley talks about streetcars and the films with CWC's Tim Swallow. Watch the video here.
          >>>   Cincinnati Enquirer A&E Cover Story, Interview with filmmaker Jim Klein. Read it here.
          >>>   WXIX-TV Morning News, Rob Williams talks with SOFA's Margaret McGurk. Tune in Monday July 13 at 8:25 am. Video clip is here.

    The documentary films for July 14-15 are excellent works by award-winning filmmakers: Jim Klein's TAKEN FOR A RIDE and Andrea Torrice's A CRACK IN THE PAVEMENT, a World Premiere.

    And, the local flavor and timely issues they embrace make them even more compelling. Cincinnati World Cinema is delighted to host and partner with the Southern Ohio Filmmakers Association (SOFA) in presenting these films as a public service. More about SOFA...

    Are streetcars to become a reality in Cincinnati? Were streetcar systems ever successful in the U.S.? Read more...

    What's happening with Cincinnati's original suburbs? How are they coping with failing infrastructure and the loss of residents and businesses to newer suburban communities? Read more...

    TAKEN FOR A RIDE and A CRACK IN THE PAVEMENT address these issues, provide answers and stimulate new questions that are timely and relevant as we approach decision points regarding urban/suburban infrastructure and future modes of transportation in our region.

    Regardless of your position on these issues, we urge you see these films and participate in the post film discussions. The more we know, the better our decisions about what will happen in our communities' future.

    Event Schedule

    TUESDAY, JULY 14, at the Carnegie Center

    >> 4 pm. The Southern Ohio Filmmakers Association is sponsoring The Art & Craft of Non-Fiction Film, a panel workshop on documentary filmmaking that will appeal to both novice and experienced filmmakers. Workshop admission for the general public is $15, but is FREE with your $12 advance ticket to the reception and film screening.

    >> 6 pm. Pre-film catered reception and cash bar, in the Gallery. A chance to meet the filmmakers, have a bite to eat and enjoy your favorite beverage.

    >> 7 pm. Main Event - two films: A Crack in the Pavement, 25 minutes; and Taken for A Ride, 60 minutes.

    >> 8:30 pm. Post-film Q & A with directors Jim Klein and Andrea Torrice.

    WEDNESDAY, JULY 15, at the Carnegie Center

    >> 6 pm. Pre-film social hour and cash bar, in the Gallery. A chance to chat with filmmaker Andrea Torrice, discussion leaders Liz Blume and Tom Moeller, and enjoy your favorite beverage.

    >> 7 pm. Main Event - two films: A Crack in the Pavement, 25 minutes; and Taken for A Ride, 60 minutes.

    >> 8:30 pm. Post-film Q & A with director Andrea Torrice; Liz Blume, Executive Director, Community Building Institute, Xavier University and former Director, Department of Planning, City of Cincinnati; and Tom Moeller, City Manager, Madeira.


    Taken for a Ride

    Two generations have passed since public transit was the primary transportation mode in most American cities. Today, few city dwellers experience streets where priority is given to transit and pedestrians. Fewer still know where transit is the connecting link between housing, schools, shopping and work.

    > What happened to the streetcar lines and trolleys that efficiently served millions of urban Americans?
    > Why does America now have the worst public transit in the industrialized world, and the most freeways?
    > What was the highway lobby and how did it become the most powerful politico-economic force of its era?
    > Exactly how did we get where we are now?

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    A Crack in the Pavement
    =] World Premiere [=

    The future is in our hands. Do we continue with unlimited expansion -- more strip malls, more suburbs, more highways -- or do we try to save and revitalize our older suburbs, afflicted with failing infrastructure, falling population and fractured finances?

    America's "first" suburbs, those suburban communities built next to America's urban centers, were once the birthplace of the American Dream. Driven by a desire to escape the smokestacks of the central cities, and a housing shortage following World War II, thousands of suburban homes were rapidly constructed and middle class families flocked to fill them.

    Sixty years later, many of these original suburbs are facing a crisis: a dwindling tax base, population and business loss, decaying infrastructure, increased racial tensions and white flight.

    Narrated by Peter Coyote, A Crack in the Pavement unravels the national infrastructure and regional land-use debate through the stories of two public officials from the Cincinnati suburbs of Madeira and Elmwood Place, trying to save their aging towns from losing residents and businesses to newer suburban communities. The film intertwines their stories with commentary from national experts who examine the policies and practices that favor sprawl development over revitalizing existing, older communities.

    Learn more about Andrea Torrice and A Crack in the Pavement  in this Viewfinder interview.


    About SOFA
    CINCINNATI WORLD CINEMA is delighted to host and partner with the SOUTHERN OHIO FILMMAKERS ASSOCIATION (SOFA) in its inaugural fundraiser July 14 and 15. Much like the studio musicians behind the hits of the '60s and '70s in our June Film, The Wrecking Crew, you may not recognize the names and faces of SOFA members. But they are the folks behind the TV commercials, business and industrial videos and educational films that are conceived and produced in this area.

    WHEN MAJOR STUDIOS COME TO THE REGION to shoot films, SOFA members are on the scene and on the set, providing an array of creative and production services. In their spare time, SOFA members gather to form teams for the 48-Hour Film Festival as well as mounting narrative and documentary film projects of their own. Typically more interested in the process and the equipment than visibility and glory, SOFA has maintained a low profile over the years. But make no mistake - the Sofans keep the media arts alive and well in our region.

    Learn more about SOFA in this Viewfinder interview and on their website.

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    Directors, Panelists & Discussion Leaders

    Jim Klein, director, Taken for A Ride
    Tuesday: Panelist, Reception, Post-Film Discussion.

    Mr. Klein is an established director, editor and producer whose work has earned Oscar nominations (Union Maids, Seeing Red) and won Emmys (A Lion in the House). Along with Julia Reichart and Steve Bognar, Jim is a faculty member at Wright State University, whose highly-lauded film program has produced so many excellent films and filmmakers.

    Andrea Torrice, director, A Crack in the Pavement
    Tuesday: Panelist, Reception, Post-Film Discussion. Wednesday: Post-Film Discussion.

    Ms. Torrice has considerable experience producing documentaries for public television on topics including the environment, health, peace studies and cultural issues. Her work has appeared on PBS affiliate KQED TV in San Francisco, the McNeil/Lehrer NewsHour as well as at the Berlin, Mill Valley, Women in the Director's Chair and London International film festivals. Her film "Bad Chemistry" won a Gold Award from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting; her film "Forsaken Cries: the Story of Rwanda" won an award at the Rosebud International Human Rights Film Festival.

    Jim Friedman,
    Tuesday: Panelist.

    Mr. Friedman began producing TV news and features in 1979 at WKRC in Cincinnati and has written, directed and produced television shows for WCPO, WLWT, WXIX and WCET, where his work garnered 56 Regional Emmys. He continues to produce, direct and create programs through his own company, Blind Squirrel Productions and is currently the Markley Visiting Executive Professor at Miami University. He has worked as consultant to the National Underground Freedom Center, including producing the "Pepsi Everyday Freedom Heroes" project. In addition to non-fiction work, he created produced and directed the acclaimed Procter & Gamble Dreambuilder series.

    Tom Moeller
    Wednesday: Post-Film Discussion.

    Mr. Moeller is currently City Manager for the City of Madeira and was previously City Manager, for the City of Mason. A member of the Ohio First Suburbs Consortium, Tom received his Master in Public Administration from the University of Cincinnati

    Liz Blume
    Wednesday: Post-Film Discussion.

    Ms. Blume is currently the Executive Director of Xavier University's Community Building Institute, which fosters engagement for community learning centers, pursues regional cooperation strategies and engenders investment and improvement in Cincinnati neighborhoods.

    As Director of the Department of Planning for the City of Cincinnati, Liz led a department of 25 professionals and oversaw a budget of $2 million. Her department was engaged in a wide range of planning issues, including land use, transportation, downtown, education, housing and economic development. It gained a reputation for being committed to neighborhood and community planning efforts. One of her key accomplishments was the development of a comprehensive plan for Over-the-Rhine, a neighborhood that borders the city's downtown. The inclusive planning process has been praised for building consensus among competing community stakeholders.

    Previously, Liz held positions as the Director of the Department of Planning & Community Development for the City of Dayton, Ohio, and as a consultant with Woolpert Consultants in Dayton. She has a Master of Community Planning from the School of Design, Art, Architecture and Planning at the University of Cincinnati and a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and Urban Planning from the College of Architecture and Planning at Ball State University.