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Clazel Theater to Screen Independent and Classic Films

Posted Aug 20th, 2009 by Banan AlKilani  Category: Arts & Entertainment, Toledo.com

 

The Clazel got its start as a movie theater and it has been important to keep the film tradition alive since its reopening. Following the ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday August 26, the Clazel will screen “Irene,” the first movie ever shown at the theatre when it opened in 1926. This tribute to the history of the Clazel will kick off the start of screening independent films on a regular basis in the space as a Brew & View theater.

“Irene” stars Colleen Moore who was a major movie star of her time and credited with helping popularize the “flapper” look. Moore stars as Irene O’Dare, an Irishwoman who comes to New York in search of a job. She lands a position at the fancy fashion salon becoming the establishment’s top fashion model though it takes her a bit longer to find romantic happiness thanks to the strenuous efforts of her love interest’s snooty mother to break up their relationship.

In pure silent era style, local musician Michael Peskilis will supply the film with live accompaniment. “We will celebrate the new life of the Clazel with a remembrance of its past,” according to Derrick Jones, Director of Programming. “We will then make way for the aspiring filmmakers who dream to project their work on the big screen.”

Every Wednesday starting August 26, the Clazel will screen a mixture of classic films from the public domain and short films from independent artists that will be free to the public. They will soon introduce special feature film nights where patrons can buy a ticket to view independent films that they won’t find at the mainstream movie theaters. “Our goal is to bring a different movie going option to the community,” says Jones. “We also want to give back to the filmmakers who do quality work but might not get the attention of Hollywood. Additionally, we encourage the audience to become involved in the overall discussion on how films impact us whether for entertainment or education.”

The Clazel looks to present films transcending diverse in genre, subject matter and originating from around the world. With time and community support the Clazel hopes to offer even more events centered on the art form for which the new multifaceted venue was originally created. Jones adds, “We have big plans for the future in an effort to provide something special for the movie lover in all of us.” See below our schedule of films.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Irene (1926) Silent with live accompaniment by Michael Peskilis, Dir. Alfred Green, 90 min.

The first film ever screened at the Clazel, “Irene” stars Colleen Moore who was a major movie star of her time and credited with helping popularize the “flapper” look. Moore stars as Irene O’Dare, an Irishwoman who comes to New York in search of a job. She lands a position at the fancy fashion salon becoming the establishment’s top fashion model though it takes her a bit longer to find romantic happiness thanks to the strenuous efforts of her love interest’s snooty mother to break up their relationship.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009
How Ohio Pulled It Off (2008) Documentary, Dirs., Charla Barker, Matthew Kraus, Mariana Quiroga, 55 min.

How Ohio Pulled It Off, is a provocative documentary that offers sobering evidence of election fraud in the United States, and highlights the potential for future abuses. On election night 2004, across the United States and the world, citizens were glued to their televisions, waiting to discover who would win the greatest power position on the planet. The presidential decision came down to one state among fifty: Ohio. What really happened in Ohio, on that fateful day in November?

Columbus International Film & Video Festival, Columbus, Ohio, The Inaugural We The People Fest, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio, Akron Independent Film Festival (Viewers’ Choice Award and encore screening), Buenos Aires International Independent Film Festival, International Human Rights Film Festival of Paris

Wednesday, September 9, 2009
A Star is Born (1937) Dir. William A. Wellman, 111 min.

Esther Blodgett is just another starry-eyed farm kid trying to break into the movies. Waitressing at a Hollywood party, she catches the eye of alcoholic star Norman Maine, is given a test, and is caught up in the Hollywood glamor machine (ruthlessly satirized). She and her idol Norman marry; but his career abruptly dwindles to nothing.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Short Film Series

Let People Talk (2009) Dir. Linling Zha
Two men find fight for the right to speak.

Puppet Games (2009) Dir. Nick Mann
Fed up that his older brother won’t pay any attention to him, a young boy finds a voodoo puppet to enact his revenge.

Big Black Good Man (2008) Dir. Usame Tunager,
Adapted from Richard Wright’s short story, “Big Black Good Man” tells the story of Olaf, an old white hotel porter, who is challenged to face his deepest fears when a big black man wants to check into his hotel.

631 (2008) Dir. D Jones
Members of the Jones family offer a history of their lives at 631 Ridge Avenue, a house purchased in the 1950s with four generations eventually living under its roof. Through personal accounts, photos and film/video footage a tapestry 50 years in the making is woven to illustrate the impact a home can have on a family’s existence.

Across the Street (2008) Dir. Luke Ostrowski
A film about America. After a new neighbor moves into his neighborhood a man discovers his secret.

September 23, 2009
Nora (2008) Experimental, Dirs. Alla Kovgan and David Hinton, 35 min.

Shot in Southern Africa, “Nora” is based on childhood memories of the self-exiled dancer Nora Chipaumire who was born in Zimbabwe in 1965. Using performance and dance, she brings her history to life in a swiftly-moving poem of sound and image. The original score was composed by a Zimbabwean legend – Thomas Mapfumo.

Clermont-Ferrand, Oberhausen, Cinema du Reel, Melbourne, FESPACO, New York African Film Festival, Ann Arbor, Palm Springs

Movement (R)evolution Africa (a story of an art form in four acts) (2007) Documentary, Dirs. Joan Frosch and Alla Kovgan, 65 mins.

In an astonishing exposition of choreographic fomentation, nine African choreographers tell stories of an emergent art form and their diverse and deeply contemporary expressions of self. Stunning choreography and riveting critiques challenge stale stereotypes of “traditional Africa” to unveil soul-shaking responses to the beauty and tragedy of 21st century Africa.

BFM (Black Filmmaker) International Film Festival, Beloit International Film Festival, Africa World Festival of Documentary Films, Montreal Film Festival, Dança Em Foco Festival

September 30

Short Film Series
Varroa (2008) Dir. Bruce Parsons

Varroa is a short film that parallels the mysterious disappearance of the honeybee with the breakdown of the American family.

Dog Days of Winter (2007) Dir. Sven Latzke
Joel has a very specific way of shielding from the world. When he meets Natalie, a kindred spirit, they develop a love that is tested when the barriers fall down.

Out of the Holes of the Rocks (2008) Dir. Jeremy Moss
Two distinct rituals frame the story of a steadfast Mormon girl and her boyfriend who is reluctant to be a missionary.

Empathy (2007) Dir. Benjamin Pascoe
Stanley Paxton is a loving father…. Whose world is about to turn upside down.

Evelyn (2008) Dir. Novia Chen
Evelyn is a short narrative that involves adult relationships, mother-daughter issues, as well as a slight touch of the religious background.

October 7

Night of the Living Dead (1968) Dir. George A. Romero, 96 min.
The dead come back to life and eat the living in this legendary low budget, black and white film. Several people barricade themselves inside a rural house in an attempt to survive the night. Outside are hordes of relentless, shambling zombies who can only be killed by a blow to the head.

October 14

Horror Shorts – A series or Short films that celebrate the spirit of gore.

October 21

Little Shop of Horrors (1960) Dir. Roger Corman, 70min.
Classic black comedy about young schnook who develops a bloodthirsty plant and is forced to kill in order to feed it. The basis for the later hit stage musical and 1980s remake film.

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