Sunday, September 24, 2000

Mini-festivals gain popularity in Tristate

        Short-film mini-festivals seem to be catching on in Cincinnati.

        Following the success of the open-admission Happy Catchy Flashy Named Film Festival: Part Deux at Newport's Southgate House in May, the Art Academy of Cincinnati is reprising its Red Square Film and Video Show on Oct. 1 at the Cincinnati Art Museum.

        Red Square, which scored a success in February, includes films and videos from professionals and students. It is a curated show; which is to say, not every entry is accepted.

        Organizers are hoping to fill the 500-seat auditorium at the museum for the duration of the three-hour show.

        Screenings start 2 p.m. A reception will follow shortly after 5 p.m. Admission is free.

        Information: Gary, Ryan or Pete, 559-1019; e-mail; or go online to

        "Train' work: Ater a long stretch in the editing room, the local filmmakers behind This Train will offer up a public glimpse at their work in progress

        Writer/director Aralee Strange will show “selected scenes” from the film between 2 and 5 p.m. Oct. 8 in the Newsreel Theater in the Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal, 1301 Western Ave.

        Dozens of local actors and crew members worked on the low-budget film, which features an appearance by Soupy Sales. The event will include a question-and-answer session with Ms. Strange and other members of the production team.

        Admission is free. Parking at the museum costs $3.50.

        Brakhage salute: Cincinnati Film Society is taking reservations for its special program honoring avant-garde film pioneer Stan Brakhage Oct. 11 through Oct 15.

        The event will feature retrospective screenings of Mr. Brakhage's ground-breaking work and a documentary about his career by filmmaker Jim Shedden.

        Mr. Brakhage will appear Oct. 13 to introduce a program of his short film at the Reakirt Auditorium in the Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal, 1301 Western Ave.

        At 8 p.m. on Oct. 14, Mr. Brakhage will lecture at the Contemporary Arts Center, 115 E. 5th St., downtown. Admission is free, but reservations are strongly suggested.

        Ticket prices range from $5 for a single event to $25 for the entire program. For a full schedule, reservations and advance tickets, call 251-6060.


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