The Athena Cinema is opening its doors once again to OU Alumni as Kathy Swanson and Vince O’Connell bring their feature-length film, Farmer of the Year, to Athens, Ohio. Screenings take place on Tuesday, April 16th, at 7 PM, Wednesday, April 17th, at 5 PM, and Thursday, April 18th , at 7 PM. All screenings have a Q&A afterwards.
As we welcomed the Space Brothers, we also said goodbye to the special events portion of the Athens International Film and Video Festival. Last night, Ohio University alum and filmmaker Jodi Wille presided over the program, “Welcome Space Brothers! The Films of the Unarius Academy of Space with Jodi Wille.” The presentation kicked off with Wille’s 2016 short documentary We Are Not Alone, which followed with a “mixtape” of short Unarium films, curated by spiritual follower Kevin Kennedy. Kennedy and his wife then answered a few questions from the audience before screening the 1980 feature The Arrival.
Showcasing her films The Lingerie Show, Little Red Giant, The Monster That I Was, Tears For Narcissus, No Such Luck, and Bottomland, filmmaker/director/animator/painter/teacher Laura Harrison gave the audience a look into her mind and artistic spirit.
Chris Sullivan, a Pittsburgh born filmmaker and professor at The Art Institute of Chicago, brought his uniquely innovative and emotionally touching animated film, Consuming Spirits, to the Athena Cinema last night. Sullivan’s work is a truly original creation that is all of his own. A former student of Sullivan describes him as “a genuine arthouse polymath. He slices. He dices. He does it all.”
“Magic is the liminal space in between [script-based and documentary practice]” Lynn Sachs said in response to one of the audience member’s questions. Last night’s special event filmmaker and host Lynne Sachs has made a living out of creating works that reside in such a space.
The Athens International Film and Video Festival celebrated the life and work of the late New York City-based filmmaker and choreographer Jo Andres last night.
The 46th Athens International Film and Video Festival had a glorious opening day with twelve blocks of films being shown throughout the Athena Cinema's three theaters. One such block was "The Future is Experimental," an all-female experimental section that crossed over mediums and continents. Image provided by Anastasiia Kulikalova.
Come out and join us for the 46th annual Athens International Film and Video Festival running April 8th through the 14th. Read all about how David Colagiovanni makes this festival go off without a hitch.