With more than 250 films being screened during the 43rd Athens International Film + Video Festival, saying there’s a lot to see would be an understatement. How to decide?
Says festival director David Colagiovanni: “If you look through the program and something looks good to you, it IS good.”
Still having a hard time deciding on which films to catch? Read on for 6 films that are worth a trip to Athens this weekend.
At-Risk Summer. Friday, April 8, 1:15 p.m.
Directed by novelist, filmmaker and Ohio University alumna E. Charlton-Trjillo, this family-friendly documentary follows the story of a young adult novelist who hits the road for an unconventional book tour.
Kings, Queens & In-Betweens. Friday, April 8, 5:30 p.m.
Filmed just up State Route 33 in Columbus, Ohio, KQIB is a documentary about drag queens and kings and transgender performers. The film explores how these individuals are redefining how we think about gender and sexual orientation in an accessible way.
Killer of Sheep. Friday, April 8, 7:00 p.m.
You’ve got to see Killer of Sheep for three reasons: 1) The Library of Congress has called this film “a national treasure,” 2) It was one of the first films entered into the National Film Registry 3) As part of the Film Festival’s visiting artist series, director Charles Burnett will be at the Athena to share insights about his work.
Saturday Morning Cartoons. Saturday, April 9, 11:00 a.m.
We all know cartoons on Saturday morning are a well-established tradition, so pack up the family, and head Uptown to the Athena for a series of independent cartoons. Part of the many short films entered into competition at the Festival, the Saturday Morning Cartoons collection features animated shorts that are sure to entertain and inspire.
Carol. Saturday April 9, 9:30 p.m.
Academy-Award nominee Edward Lachman—another Ohio University alum!— will be screening Carol on Saturday evening. Lachman earned his second academy award nomination with Carol, which was beautifully shot in Cincinnati, Ohio.
The Fits. Sunday, April 10, 7:45 p.m.
Also filmed in Cincinnati, this feature film tells the story of what happens to an 11-year-old tomboy when she tries to assimilate into her neighborhood’s prestigious dance team.