Sunday, January 28, 2001

Film notes

Fun-loving film fest returns to Southgate House

        Drum roll, please:

        The Happy Catchy Flashy Named Motion Picture Festival: Part III is a go for May 12.

        Brought to you by Gorilla Suit Records & Dung Hill Chant Records, the same fun-loving musicians/film fans/filmmakers behind the first two installments of HCFNMPF, the fest again returns to the Southgate House, 24 E. Third St., Newport.

        The event boasts no judges, no prizes and pretty much no restrictions on what will be shown. As long as it's short, it's got a shot in this festival.

        Submissions must be no more than 10 minutes long, on VHS tape in SP mode. Entries will not be returned.

        Mail entries to Happy Catchy Flashy Named Motion Picture Festival, P.O. Box 198021, Cincinnati 45219

        Information: 861-7442 or e-mail:

        Outspoken filmmaker: Veteran independent filmmaker Allison Anders (Gas Food Lodging, Mi Vida Loca, Grace of My Heart) will trek to the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus Saturday to unveil her new film Things Behind the Sun, fresh from its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival.

        Beginning at 7 p.m., Ms. Anders will introduce her film, which stars Rosanna Arquette, Don Cheadle and Eric Stoltz in the story of a musician coping with the aftermath of a rape.

        The award-winning filmmaker is an outspoken critic of Hollywood and the male-dominated independent film scene. After her premiere screening at Sundance on Wednesday, she decried the reluctance of distributors to handle films by women, telling the online trade publication, “people marketing movies are either the wussiest or the laziest people in the world. They're so scared of losing their jobs that they're afraid to try something different.”

        Tickets are $5. Information: (614) 292-3535.

        Speaking of the Wexner Center, applications are open for the Ohio Short Film and Video Showcase scheduled for May 12 at the Wexner Center's Film/Video Theatre.

        Entries must be 20 minutes or less in length, independently produced in Ohio in the last 18 months, and submitted on 1/2-inch VHS tape. Winning selections can be screened in any format. Only one entry per person is allowed and previous submissions are not accepted.

        For entry forms call (614) 688-3307 or (614) 292-7617, or e-mail or

        Future screenwriters: Two hundred students from area high schools will convene at the Best Western Blue Ash Conference Hotel Feb. 3 for an all-day seminar on how to write for film and television, thanks to Time Warner Cable and the Cincinnati-based American Screenwriters Association.

        Along with analyzing clips from popular movies and TV shows, the students will hear screenwriter and author Madeline DiMaggio, whose long list of credits includes episodes of Kojak, Three's Company and Fantasy Island, will instruct students in practical aspects of the trade. Filmmaker Edward Radtke of Yellow Springs will show his film The Dream Catcher and discuss its production. Kim Strong-Idal of the Alcohol and Chemical Abuse Council will address violence and resources for resolving conflict.

        The students were chosen by their schools at the invitation of Time Warner Cable.

        Information about ASA is available on the Web at

        Air "Jordan': Michael Jordan to the Max was the first non-scientific Imax feature ever shown at National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. The 45-minute sport biography never made it to the domed screen in the Cincinnati Museum Center, but on Feb. 3 it will open up the road at the Imax theatre at the Air Force Museum at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton.

        The film will be shown three times a day, four times on weekends, through May 25, then shift to two evening screenings from May 26 to Sept. 2.

        Information: (937)253-4629.

        Margaret A. McGurk is Enquirer film critic. Contact her by mail, 312 Elm St. Cincinnati 45202; fax, 768-8330; or e-mail,


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