Cinema Columbus is launching a new film festival

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — The Columbus Cinema The Film Festival has announced its shortlist of films selected to screen for the festival’s inaugural event in 2022.

The list includes 14 feature films, some with post-screening events and shorts. Several genres will be represented with many documentaries alongside dramas, comedies, a thriller and a horror film. One session will be entirely devoted to short films directed by women.

Screenings begin Wednesday, April 27 and end Sunday, May 1.

“We are thrilled with the incredible selection of independent films from all genres that we will be sharing with the Central Ohio community,” said Cinema Columbus Coordinator Molly Kreuzman. “We think the great Columbus will agree that this festival is exactly what he’s been waiting for.”

The festival is presented by ACAPin partnership with the Drexel Theater and Gateway Cinema Centerand with additional support from Studio 35 Cinema and Drafthouse, Wexner Center for the Artsand Columbus Moviethe first one Cinema Columbus Film Festivalaccording to a press release.

Also included in the festival will be the Columbus Film Summit 2022 which is described as a “discussion of the current and future state of the motion picture industry in Columbus”.

This year, the festival debuts as a showcase for independent films, however, Cinema Columbus plans the 2023 event to be a traditional submission-based film festival.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased in person at the CBUSArts Ticket Center (39 E. State St.), online at www.CinemaColumbus.comor by phone at (614) 469-0939.

COLUMBUS CINEMA 2022

Wednesday April 27

7 p.m.Linoleum (2022)
South Theater (21 E. Main St.)
Director: Colin West
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Science Fiction

When the host of a failed children’s science show (Jim Gaffigan) attempts to fulfill his childhood dream of becoming an astronaut by building a rocket in his garage, a series of bizarre events occur that cause him to question its own reality.

Post-screening event:

Moviegoers are invited to attend a live Q&A with the film’s writer and director, Columbus native Colin West, producer Chad Simpson and actor Amy Hargreaves.

Thursday April 28

1-5 p.m.Columbus Film Summit 2022
Gateway Film Center (1550 N. High St.)

Film Columbus and the Greater Columbus Arts Council will present a discussion on the current and future state of the film industry in Columbus. Topics will include the Ohio Movie Tax Credit, Columbus incentives, growing local infrastructure and crew base, and how to set up a project/business to be successful. Admission is free with online registration. Networking opportunities to follow discussions.

7 p.m. – The Murder of Kenneth Chamberlain (2020)
Gateway Film Center (1550 N. High St.)
Director: David Midel
Genre: Drama, Thriller

Based on the true story of the events leading up to the death of Kenneth Chamberlain Sr., an elderly African-American veteran with bipolar disorder, who was killed in a dispute with police officers sent to watch over him.

7 p.m. – Freakscene: The Story of Dinosaur Jr. (2021)
Studio 35 Cinema and Drafthouse (3055 Indianola Ave.)
Director: Philipp Virus
Genre: Documentary, Music

A tribute to one of the most influential bands on the American East Coast who inspired the rock scene – an emotional, tragically funny and sometimes loud roller coaster ride by a dysfunctional family – Dinosaur Jr.

Short film: “Stranger Than Rotterdam with Sara Driver”

friday april 29

7 p.m.Event(2021)
Drexel Theater (2254 E. Main St.)
Directed by: Audrey Diwan
Genre: Drama

Adapted from the autobiographical novel by Annie Ernaux, Event chronicles the journey of a young woman’s physical and emotional battle to access illegal abortion in a desperate race against time.

7 p.m. – Late night (2022)
Wexner Center for the Arts (1871 N. High St.)
Director: Jennifer Reeder
Genre: Horror

An anxious inmate moves into a haunted apartment, hiring a stranger to perform an exorcism that quickly takes a gruesome turn.

Post-screening event:

Moviegoers are invited to attend a live Q&A with director Jennifer Reeder and Columbus filmmaker and editor Mike Olenick.

Saturday April 30

1 p.m. – Little mom (2021)
Drexel Theater (2254 E. Main St.)
Directed by: Celine Sciamma
Genre: Drama, Fantasy

After the death of her beloved grandmother, eight-year-old Nelly meets an eerily familiar girl her own age in the woods. Instantly establishing a connection with this mysterious new friend, Nelly embarks on a fantastic journey of discovery that helps her come to terms with this new loss. (French with English subtitles.)

2 p.m. – Marcel the shod shell (2021)
Gateway Film Center (1550 N. High St.)
Director: Dean Fleischer Camp
Genre: Comedy

Feature film adaptation of the animated short interviewing a mollusk named Marcel, an anthropomorphic seashell equipped with a single googly eye and a pair of miniature shoes.

3:30 p.m. – Short films for women
Drexel Theater (2254 E. Main St.)

  • “My House” (Mary Elizabeth Boylan)
  • “Character” (Vera Brunner-Sung)
  • “What travelers say about Jornada del Muerto” (Hope Tucker)
  • “It’s still bad” (Sarah Reyes)
  • “Black Beauty” (Elle Moxley)
  • “One Last Time” (Anna Dominguez, Sydney Lawson)
  • “The Ritual of Beauty” (Shenny from Los Angeles)

Post-screening event:

Attendees are invited to a live Q&A after the screening.

4:30 p.m. – bad ax (2022)
Gateway Film Center (1550 N. High St.)
Director: David Siev
Genre: Documentary

A real-time portrait of 2020 unfolds as an Asian American family in rural Trump America fights to keep their restaurant and their American dream alive in the face of a pandemic, neo-Nazis and scars generations of the Cambodian killing fields.

7 p.m. – Framing Agnes (2022)
Drexel Theater (2254 E. Main St.)
Director: Chase Joynt
Genre: Documentary

After uncovering records from a 1950s gender clinic, a group of trans actors disrupt a talk show to confront the legacy of a young trans woman forced to choose between honesty and access.

7 p.m. – Kaepernick and America (2022)
Gateway Film Center (1550 N. High St.)
Director: Tommy Walker, Ross Hockrow
Genre: Documentary

Kaepernick and America explores the intersection between the protests against Colin Kaepernick’s anthem and the reactions to them in the United States, revealing unique insights into the ongoing racial unrest in the United States.

Short film: “Walls can’t stop us from flying”

9:30 p.m. – Vortex (2021)
Gateway Film Center (1550 N. High St.)
Director: Gaspar Noé
Genre: Drama

A retired psychiatrist with dementia and an author struggling with heart disease live their last days together in an apartment.

Short film: “The biker’s happiness does not fit in his suit”

Sunday May 1

2 p.m. – bad ax (2022)
Drexel Theater (2254 E. Main St.)
Director: David Siev
Genre: Documentary

A real-time portrait of 2020 unfolds as an Asian American family in rural Trump America fights to keep their restaurant and their American dream alive in the face of a pandemic, neo-Nazis and scars generations of the Cambodian killing fields.

2 p.m. – Girls Calendar (2022)
Gateway Film Center (1550 N. High St.)
Directed by: Maria Loohufvud, Love Martinsen
Genre: Documentary

A film about the heyday of Florida’s most dedicated dance crew for women over 60: the Calendar Girls. Shaking up the outdated image of the “little old lady”, the film is a call to everyone to dance with all their heart while they still can.

4:30 p.m. – iron family (2022)
Drexel Theater (2254 E. Main St.)
Director: Patrick Longstreth
Genre: Documentary

Jazmine Faries, a 32-year-old woman with Down syndrome, is obsessed with soap operas, Barbie dolls and Matthew McConaughey. For the past five summers, his family has performed their original plays to small audiences in their town of Iron River, Michigan. This film follows the creative process of writing, rehearsing and performing the play’s sixth season.

Short film: “A beloved community: a healthier lime tree”

4:30 p.m. – Short films for women
Gateway Film Center (1550 N. High St.)

  • “My House” (Mary Elizabeth Boylan)
  • “Character” (Vera Brunner-Sung)
  • “What travelers say about Jornada del Muerto” (Hope Tucker)
  • “It’s still bad” (Sarah Reyes)
  • “Black Beauty” (Elle Moxley)
  • “One Last Time” (Anna Dominguez, Sydney Lawson)
  • “The Ritual of Beauty” (Shenny from Los Angeles)

Post-screening event:

Attendees are invited to a live Q&A after the screening.

7 p.m. – Sylvia from Sunshine State (2022)
Drexel Theater (2254 E. Main St.)
Director: Sasha Levinson
Genre: Documentary

Sylvie, a second-grader, navigates the absurdities and emotional turbulence of her eccentric, multi-generational Jewish matriarchy, a father who lives far away, and a life gone virtual, seen through the lens of her filmmaker single mother. .