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MARCH 26, 2010   

Two Cleveland International Film Festival ticketsMore movies

Today Joanne and I spent the afternoon at the Cleveland International Film Festival. We saw a film about Ohio folk and blues performers, including many of our favorites, and then took a behind-the-scenes look at the 2008 Democratic National Convention.

First Voice Ohio

This film, produced by Cleveland musician and educator Kevin Richards, is a collection of three-minute segments with Ohio musicians and performers.

The film's format is straightforward: each performer states his/her name and where they live. They play some music, talk a bit, then play some more. It's not a brilliant piece of filmmaking, but it's a great quick look at about 20 local musicians.

We see and hear old favorites like Austisn "Walkin' Cane" Charangat and Kristine Jackson. There's also the hammered dulcimer artist who played at our daughter's wedding, a bunch of folks from Brady Lake (near Kent) who play old timey music, and assorted jazz, blues and folk performers. All very articulate and entertaining.

Not life-changing, but we liked the film enough to buy a $15 DVD.


Here's a fascinating look at the Denver 2008 Democratic National Convention from an insider's perspective. Four film crews followed different people—demonstrators, newspaper writers, and city government officials—as they prepared for and then lived through the convention.

Four stories emerge, sometimes intertwined, sometimes separate, as people talk and walk, laugh and occasionally cry over four intense days in the Mile High City. Very interesting, immensely entertaining.

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