Monday, February 2, 2004

NKU film fest features local artists' short works



By Margaret A. McGurk
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Filmmakers from Cincinnati, Dayton and Louisville take the spotlight at the Cincinnati World Cinema Independent Film Festival tonight at Northern Kentucky University.

On the bill are:

• Above & Below, by Laura Herman, a University of Cincinnati alumna and winner of jury honors in the 2003 Underneath Cincinnati series. A failing relationship is the subject of this 1996 black-and-white film.

• Lucky's, by Dayton high school teacher, Gulf War veteran and Wright State University graduate Alvoro Leite. This 2003 urban film noir drama has earned honors in several film festivals and competitions.

• Oldham County, from Louisville area native Todd Broder. A drama about a smuggler turned horse breeder, it was filmed in Kentucky.

• Color Blind, by Bryan Amburgey, who was still in high school when he shot this prize-winning 2002 mini-drama in Wyoming, Hartwell and Woodlawn.

• Lost Hearts, by Chuck Swanson, a Cincinnati commercial director who shot this 2000 black-and-white horror story in Clifton and Park Hills.

• African American by Askia Hollow, also a WSU alumnus. Shot at Central State University, this look at relations between African-Americans and African immigrants won best documentary prize at the recently concluded Independent Black Film Festival.

• Interior/Exterior, by Sarah Silver of Dayton, also of WSU, is an experimental look at relationships that makes its world debut here.

The festival closes Tuesday with a program of international short films.

If you go

What: Cincinnati World Cinema Independent Film Festival

When: 7:30 p.m. today and Tuesday, 99 minutes followed by questions-and-answers with filmmakers.

Where: Greaves Concert Hall, Northern Kentucky University

Tickets: $8

Information: (859) 781-8151

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E-mail mmcgurk@enquirer.com




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