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The 65th Columbus International Film + Video Festival — the oldest film festival in the United States — is pleased to announce the 2017 lineup.
Presented by Columbus College of Art & Design, CIF+VF runs April 19 – 23 and features compelling feature-length films, documentaries, short films, cartoons, and student work.
The festival kicks off Wednesday, April 19, with Jennifer Reeder’s Signature Move, which features a thirty-something Pakistani Muslim lesbian who falls in love with a partner (and with lucha-style wrestling). The film made its world premiere at SXSW in March and was named one of the 50 most anticipated films of 2017 by Filmmaker Magazine.
Like many others in this year’s festival, Signature Move has ties to Ohio: Reeder, the film’s director, grew up in central Ohio and graduated from The Ohio State University.
Those connections to Ohio are no accident, said Jeremy Henthorn, Executive Director of CIF+VF.
“We wanted to take a look at Columbus as a creative city,” Henthorn said. “Central Ohio has become a real hub for incredibly talented artists and filmmakers. For our 65th year, we wanted to celebrate the films and filmmakers who have a deep connection with our city.”
Other Ohio-centric films in the lineup include Strad Style, a Slamdance award-winning documentary about a rural Ohio man who convinces a famous European concert violinist that he can make a copy of one of the most famous and valuable violins in the world, and The JJ Project, a documentary about an Ohio boy born with brittle bone disease who unites a community while reaching his dream of directing a musical.
See our full lineup and buy tickets here.
The Columbus International Film + Video Festival — presented by Columbus College of Art & Design — runs April 19 – 23 at CCAD (60 Cleveland Ave.), the Drexel Theatre (2254 E. Main St.), and Wexner Center for the Arts (1871 N. High St.). Tickets for the opening night reception and screening of Signature Move cost $8, tickets for all other screenings cost $6, and festival passes cost $60. For tickets and more information, visit columbusfilmfestival.org.
ABOUT COLUMBUS INTERNATIONAL FILM + VIDEO FESTIVAL
Founded in 1952, the Columbus International Film + Video Festival is the oldest film festival in the United States, showcasing independent student and professional films from around the world. Presented by Columbus College of Art & Design, the festival showcases world-class independent films in central Ohio. For more information, visit columbusfilmfestival.org.
ABOUT COLUMBUS COLLEGE OF ART & DESIGN
Columbus College of Art & Design teaches undergraduate and graduate students in the midst of a thriving creative community in Columbus, Ohio. Founded in 1879, CCAD is one of the oldest private art and design colleges in the United States, offering 12 undergraduate majors and two graduate programs in art and design that produce graduates equipped to shape culture and business at the highest level. For more information, visit ccad.edu.
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