Sunday, May 27, 2001

Film Notes

Touring fest brings offbeat works to town

        Cincinnati Film Society continues its exploration of the cinematic avant-garde when it brings the Ann Arbor Film Festival Tour to town Friday and Saturday.

        For almost 40 years, the Ann Arbor festival has specialized in supporting nonmainstream, experimental film, both at its home base and now through a traveling sample of its top prize winners.

        This year's collection includes Why I Don't Go to the Movies by Paul Karlin, the animated Hedwig Page, Seaside Librarian by Nancy Andrews and Mesheen by Tony Youngblood.

        Showtimes are 7 and 9 p.m. both days at the Scripps Newsreel Theater, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave. Admission is $5. 251-6060.

        Indie screening: The Esquire Theatre, 320 Ludlow Ave., will host a new grass-roots independent film at 7:30 p.m. June 4, when a Cleveland-based filmmaker who calls himself Astro screens his feature, The Glop Throne.

        Astro describes the film as an outrageous gay comedy in the spirit of John Waters.

        The $10 admission price includes a post-screening party with the filmmaker.

        Playing in Dayton: The Naked Man, the quirky first feature directed by filmmaker and longtime Coen brothers storyboard artist J. Todd Anderson will make its debut as a late-night feature at the New Neon Movies in Dayton at 10 p.m. and midnight on Friday.

        The movie stars Michael Rappaport as a chiropractor and aspiring wrestler who goes berserk in the ring after his father is murdered.

        Cincinnatian Jeff Barklage served as cinematographer on the project, his first feature after years working on commercials and videos.

        The Dayton theater also will be the home of the month-long Dayton Gay and Lesbian Film Festival beginning Saturday. Also during June, it expands its “Big Screen” series to the world of sports with “Big Screen & Baseball” at 7:30 p.m. each Thursday. Featured titles include The Natural and Pride of the Yankees.

        The theater is at 130 E. Fifth (at Patterson); phone (937) 222-8452, e-mail; Web site,

        Now cooking: Monday, Baba Budan's Espresso Bar in Clifton adds a holiday cookout to its regular Monday night showcase for local films, called “Native Cinema.”

        This week's featured short-film artists include members of local hip-hop act Animal Crackers and the band Lazy Rocket.

        The cookout starts at 6 p.m.; movies roll about 9 p.m. Admission is free. 221-1911.

        Short subjects: Cincinnati area filmmakers are invited to submit original works to the Columbus Filmmakers Consortium's “Drop Your Shorts” film festival, now in the planning stages.

        Entries must be no longer than 20 minutes and must be submitted on VHS tape to CFC. For entry details, e-mail Josef Salyer at



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