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Film Festival of Columbus

Gateway Film Center . 1550 North High St . Columbus . Ohio . 43201

FRIDAY - SEPTEMBER 13TH

12:00PM
THE PURSUIT

Arthur Brooks left his music career behind to pursue one thing: the secret to a more prosperous world that serves the dignity of all people. Join Arthur as he journeys across three continents to find the best ways to lift up those in poverty – from the streets of Barcelona to the hills of Kentucky to the slopes of the Himalayas—and discovers the secrets to attaining not only material progress for those at the margins, but true and lasting happiness for us all. 1:16

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1:00PM
FFOCOL: U.S. SHORTS BLOCK (Rated R)

A selection of shorts from around the U.S. 1:33

 

The Escape 9 minutes

A romantic-comedy about Lori, a young woman who sleeps with her over-protective brother's roommate and must sneak out of their apartment before he discovers the secret affair. It's a story about pre walk-of-shame escape tactics, but it is really about love, and the boundaries that love pushes between friends and family.

Wake Up! 3 minutes

An alarm clock is tasked with waking up a heartbroken young man and possibly winning her back again.

R.V 10 minutes

Stripped of her rights, a woman’s life changes when she ventures with her husband to remedy an impossible situation. R.V is a narrative short about the current threat to women's reproductive rights.

The Bibcocks' Incursion 6 minutes

A man pushed to brink...while up against a three bathroom sinks.

Left Turn 2 8 minutes

Left Turn 2 was produced to generate constructive conversation around the issue of racial division and consider what actions people can take to build bridges.

Dark Deco 12 minutes

Ben Faust is addicted to the Deco, a mysterious VR device that allows its users to connect with loved ones from their past. As a result, Ben has become estranged from his girlfriend, Candace, whose family is mourning a loss of their own. When the disconnected couple visits Candace's family for a home-cooked dinner, they quickly discover that Ben is not the only one who is consumed by this new technology.

Donny & Clive 13 minutes

Two dimwitted criminals decide to rob a house.

Cells 12 minutes

When a reputable doctor finds himself being held captive by a group of masked intruders, he struggles to understand their motives while being forced to answer why billions of dollars go wasted each year in the name of medical research.

The Sun Shines at Night 9 minutes

When Ian finds himself disinterested in having sex with his girlfriend, Claire, after she's been away for work, tensions flare and emotions get raw.

Things Would Be Different 13 minutes

A happily married woman wonders if she could be happier.

Diamond Jim Greene: Prison Blues (Music Video) 5 minutes

A performance of Skip James' classic "Prison Blues" by Delta blues recording artist Diamond Jim Greene. The music video performance was shot and recorded live in a 100-year-old coach house in Evanston, Illinois.

 
 
2:00PM
HEADS UP: WILL WE STOP MAKING CENTS (DOCUMENTARY)
World Premiere - Q&A with filmmakers

Should the United States eliminate the penny? “Heads-Up: Will We Stop Making Cents?” is a documentary that explores the different sides of the debate, touching on the role of the penny in today’s economy, predictive economic models of a penny-less future, and the cultural importance of the coin.

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4:00PM-7:00PM - WEXNER CENTER FOR THE ARTS
GREATER COLUMBUS FILM COMMISSION 2019 FILM INDUSTRY SUMMIT
Q&A with filmmakers

Join the Greater Columbus Film Commission at the Wexner Center for the Arts on the OSU campus for their annual Columbus Film Industry Summit. Discuss the film industry and the future of film in Columbus and central Ohio. This year's keynote is presented by producer Michael Gottwald of the Oscar-nominated film Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012). After the keynote, a panel with Michael Gottwald, Jennifer Reeder, and local industry crew members will discuss the growth of the film industry in Columbus.

 

After the summit, get a chance to network with other filmmakers from around the country while enjoying appetizers and a cash bar. The summit is presented by the City of Columbus, the Greater Columbus Film Commission, Greater Columbus Arts Council, Wexner Center for the Arts, and The Ohio State University Film Studies Program.

After the summit, you are invited to stay for the Midwest premiere of Columbus-born filmmaker Jennifer Reeder’s highly acclaimed new film Knives and Skin (at 7 PM, ticketed separately). Jennifer will be in attendance for a Q&A after her film. Click here for tickets.

The Summit takes place at the Wexner Center for the Arts. To attend you must RSVP by clicking here.

 

For more information on the 2019 Columbus Film Industry Summit click here.

 

 

8:00PM
Preceding feature: Rite - Short Animation 7mins 
MAJOR ARCANA 

Set in the backwoods of Vermont, Major Arcana follows an itinerant carpenter's struggle to end a legacy of alcoholism and poverty as he attempts to build a log cabin by hand. His plans are complicated when he reunites with Sierra, a woman with whom he shares a troubled past, and he is forced to reconcile his old life with his new one. 1:21

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9:00PM
ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK - FLASHBACK FRIDAY
(4K RESTORATION)

In 1997, when the U.S. president crashes into Manhattan, now a giant maximum security prison, a convicted bank robber is sent in to rescue him.

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VIP PASS: All access pass to ALL films, parties, and events plus a guaranteed seat at the Film Columbus 2019 Film Summit.

PASSES NOW ON SALE!

FESTIVAL PASS: Your pass to all films during the festival.