Sunday, January 26, 2003

Film Notes

Two chances to see BBC biography about Kissinger


Cincinnati World Cinema hits a topical hot-button on Feb. 16 with two screenings of the controversial documentary The Trials of Henry Kissinger, a BBC-funded work made by American filmmakers Alex Gibney and Eugene Jarecki.

The film, winner of the Amnesty International Prize at the Amsterdam Film Festival, uses recently released documents, transcripts and interviews to take a critical look at the Nobel Peace Prize winner who served as a foreign affairs specialist, national security adviser and secretary of state under three presidents.

Dr. Kissinger has been praised and villified for his role in framing U.S. policy in Vietnam and Southeast Asia, as well the overthrow of Chilean president Salvador Allende. The film includes interviews with William Safire, Brent Scowcroft, Alexander Haig, Christopher Hitchens, investigative reporter Seymour Hershand other journalists, CIA operatives and diplomats.

The screenings will be followed by discussions led by foreign affairs specialists Jeffrey Kimball and Laura Neack of Miami University and Howard Tolley from the University of Cincinnati.

Screenings are at 4 and 7 p.m. Feb. 16 at the Esquire Theatre, 320 Ludlow Ave., Clifton. Tickets are $8, available at: the Esquire, from noon to 10 p.m., 281-2803; and Buzz Coffee Shop, 2900 Jefferson Ave., Clifton, from noon to 11 p.m., 221-3472. More details are online at

Workshop means business: Actors, filmmakers and other artists flummoxed by tax and business-related issues can find relief at a workshop sponsored by the American Federation of Radio & Television Artists (AFTRA), on Saturday, 1-4:30 Media Bridges, 1100 Race St., Over-the-Rhine.

Discussion will cover issues ranging from deductible expenses to intellectual property rights. Presenters include three certified public accountants with special expertise in tax issues - Steve Hamilton, of Grear and Co.; private practioner C. Kevin Armstrong; and Bernard J. Griffin, of Mellott and Mellott. Also on the panel will be attorney and intellectual property specialist Theodore R. Remaklus, of Wood, Herron & Evans. AFTRA Contract Administrator Kim Herzner will also discuss union job reports.

Admission is free to AFTRA members, $20 for non-members, and $10 for students with valid ID.

Registration is required. Call Pam Bauler, (800) 541-8668 or 579-8668; or e-mail

New shorty: Rendezvous, a new short film by Cincinnati filmmaker Alphonzo J. Wesson III, has been selected for screening at the Fifth Annual Hollywood Black Film Festival, running March 25-30 in Los Angeles.

This marks the fourth time that Mr. Wesson's work has been shown at the fest, including last year's entry, We Are Not Vanishing, a biography of Dr. Dorothy Height, founder of the Black Family Reunion.

A list of festival films is online at

Entry deadline: Entry deadline is March 28 for the Wexner Center's eighth annual Ohio Short Film & Video Showcase, scheduled for May 17 in Columbus, where last year audiences saw 28 short works by artists from Columbus, Athens, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Toledo, Yellow Springs and elsewhere.

Entries must be independently produced, no longer than 20 minutes in length, and produced in Ohio within the last 18 months. Entries must be submitted on 1/2-inch videotape. Any format may be screened at the showcase. Only one entry per person is allowed; previously submitted work will not be accepted.

Entry forms are available by calling (614) 688-3307 or (614) 292-7617, or by e-mail from or


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