On Screen Dayton



Hello Everyone, Cate Blanchett & Robert Redford! Need I say more? If you're like me, you're already invested! Tomorrow (Oct. 30) we open TRUTH - the new film starring these two incredible actors! (In the coming weeks, I'll hopefully have more details for you about CAROL - the film with Blanchett I've been anticipating for more than a year.) If you still need to see EXPERIMENTER or COMING HOME, you'll need to hurry. Today is the last day for both of these films at THE NEON. If you need showtimes for today, please visit our website - www.neonmovies.com Showtimes for the upcoming … [Read more...]

FilmDayton Awards $1000 To “Pitch It” winner.

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A film pitch is a basically a sales pitch for a film, tv show or other creative project. Depending on whom you are pitching to and what the purpose of the film pitch is, your pitch may be longer or shorter. A film pitch can range from a one sentence description of your project to a longer telling that should include the main elements of the story, the basic premise, plot points, the main characters, time period, setting and locations. Last night the 7th Annual Eichelberger FilmFestival kicked off at the Dayton Convention Center with our annual Pitch It! The stories ranged from a … [Read more...]

Big Lens Fest Festival Debuts New Cinema


“The films this year offer a range of work that represent a diverse group of people and influences. Some of the highest quality films I’ve seen from the department yet are coming out of this group of films,” Academy Award nominated filmmaker and Wright State professor, Steve Bognar, said of the film line-up.

New York Shorts Come To Yellow Springs


Asbury Shorts, New York City's longest running, non-competitive short film exhibition brings their national touring 34th Asbury Short Film Concert to The Little Art Theatre on Thursday night, October 15, 2015. The first film blasts on to the screen at 7:30pm. Asbury Shorts will be honoring celebrated Ohio based independent filmmaker Mitchell Rose by including 3 of his festival award winning shorts in the program. Asbury Short Film Concerts combine classic, world-renowned short films with new festival honorees creating a rare opportunity for audiences to view amazing shorts on a real cinema screen rather than on computers or smart phones.

TIFF 2015 Day #9 – My Final Day!


Hello Everyone, Today was my last day of screenings, and even though I feel like I've been away for months, I'm actually a little sad to be packing my bags.  There are several films I didn't get a chance to see, and every year I think I'm going to take part more in the industry activities (indiewire talks, a variety of lectures, etc.) - but I don't.  I just end up cramming in movies. First off today, I saw STONEWALL, directed by Roland Emmerich.  This film was lambasted before anyone saw it.  Criticism soared across the web based only on the trailer, and I must admit that I went into … [Read more...]

TIFF 2015 – Day #8


Hello Everyone. Today was the first day I didn't have to get up terribly early, and that extra 45 minutes of sleep was much appreciated. My day started off with a screening of a film that will be on the top of my list - SPOTLIGHT, directed by Tom McCarthy.  This is a newsroom procedural of the Boston Globe uncovering the Catholic Church scandal in 2001.  Starring Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams and Liev Schreiber, this film has a great script, tight editing and at times plays like a thriller.  The material is certainly chilling - especially when one character states that … [Read more...]

TIFF 2015 – Day #7


Hello Everyone. Today was a rough start.  One of the boys at IndieWire threw a little party last night, and I got in very, very late...so getting out of bed at 6:30 was a challenge.  But I made it...and managed to squeeze in a nice nap mid day. So everything worked out fine. First off, I saw THE MAN WHO KNEW INFINITY, directed by Matthew Brown.  This is a film about an Indian mathematician whose theories revolutionized his field...and the his hardships in having them heard due to racial tensions in England.  The movie stars Dev Patel and Jeremy Irons, and this is certainly Patel's most … [Read more...]

TIFF 2015 – Day #6


Hi Again. Thanks for coming back.  Today, in addition to 4 films and one late night party, I managed to have a window of time that allowed me to have a nice dinner and small shopping spree - so I have now contributed nicely to the Canadian economy. First thing this morning, I saw THE DRESSMAKER, directed by Jocelyn Moorhouse and starring Kate Winslet.  Moorhouse, known for her weepie HOW TO MAKE AN AMERICAN QUILT, wasn't quite sure which tone to give to this most recent novel adaptation...so she went with several.  What starts out as a "Screwball Western" changes genres and mood so many … [Read more...]

TIFF 2015 – Day #5


Hello Again.  Thanks for coming back! Half way through today marked the half way point of the festival.  And by the end of the day, I had seen 20 films in all...but there's lots more to go. My first film of the day was the thriller COLONIA, directed by Florian Gallenberger.  Starring Daniel Bruhl and Emma Watson, this film started out like a conventional political thriller about civil unrest in Chile in 1973.  But then it became an over-the-top cult escape thriller.  This is the story of Colonia Dignidad - a hideous compound in Chile that housed a religious cult and also served as a … [Read more...]

TIFF 2015 – Day #4


Hi Again! My first film today was TRUMBO, directed by Jay Roach.  For the first few minutes, I had to get over its visual style.  It seemed a little cartoony, and the cinematography seemed more like television than film...but then it took its hold on me with a sharp screenplay and terrific performances.  This is the story of Dalton Trumbo, one of the "Hollywood 10" who was Blacklisted during America's fear of people affiliated with the Communist Party. The script is terrific, and the story is playful but serious - and Brian Cranston is wonderful in his Big performance (during the Q&A, … [Read more...]