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"The Off Hours," follows Francine, a truck stop waitress, as she finds a way out of her life. This film is directed by OHIO alumna Megan Griffiths.

Photo courtesy of: Athens International Film + Video Festival

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In "Catechism Cataclysm," Father Billy takes a canoe trip with a high school friend. This comedy is directed by OHIO alumnus Todd Rohal.

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"72 Days" is directed by OHIO alumnus Danilo Serbedzija and stars his father, Rade Serbedzija. It is about a family who must find a way to make ends meet after a death.

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38th Annual Film Festival brings international and alumni perspectives


The 38th Annual Athens International Film + Video Festival will begin April 22 and run through April 28.

Most of the films will be shown at the Athena Cinema, at 20 S. Court St. With more than 1,000 entries submitted this year, the carefully crafted lineup includes a variety of thought-provoking productions that strive to affect the audience beyond the theater.
   
For the last 25 years, Ruth Bradley, director of the Athens Center for Film and Video, has been the festival director. She said she is eager to introduce viewers to the tremendous variety independent films, especially in an age when everything is assumed to be available online.

“Keep in mind Netflix represents about 2 percent of movies available in the world,” said Bradley. “We have material that you may never have the opportunity to see again; something to pique everyone’s interest.”

While there is not an intended theme, Bradley assured attendees that they will find “organic” connections amongst the films.

“The best moments occur when the movies start to talk to one another and make a big statement,” she said.

Students have played an active role in helping Bradley prepare for the festival.

“They really do everything: help select films, work with marketing and promotion, community outreach, hospitality for visiting filmmakers...the Festival’s vitality and perseverance can be credited to all of [them],” said Bradley.

Film students are encouraged to enter their films for competition, even against seasoned directors.

Several alumni from Ohio University’s School of Film will be attending the Festival to present their featured films. Croatian director Danilo Serbedzija, an OHIO alumnus, will be showing his film “72 Days” on April 28, at 7 p.m. His father, renowned actor Rade Serbedzija, who appears in the film will be also be attending the screening.

Director Todd Rohal, also an alumnus, will present his film, “Catechism Cataclysm,” on April 22, at 7 p.m. This film made its premiere at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, and it has grown in popularity since.

Before 6 p.m., all competition shows have free admission, and all feature films are $5. All shows that start after 6 p.m. are $6.50; $5.50 for seniors and children. Advance tickets are available beginning at 4 p.m., Friday, April 18.

To find out more about the Athens International Film + Video Festival, there are program booklets available at the Athena Cinema, as well as other Athens establishments. There is a full schedule of film screenings available on the festival’s website.

Arts for Ohio

To enhance the intellectual and social experience of the student body, Ohio University has supported and funded the Arts for Ohio initiative. This allows the College of Fine Arts to offer students free admission to their events. To qualify for this program, an event must be student-focused, engaging and encouraging of a new audience and diversity. It must also be a high profile, high impact event.

For the third year in a row, Arts for Ohio will be contributing ticket replacement funds to the Athens International Film + Video Festival. All Ohio University students with a valid student ID will be admitted to film screenings free of charge, if there are seats still available.