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Athens International Film + Video Festival runs April 29-May 5

ATHENS, Ohio (April 25, 2005) -- The 32nd Annual Athens International Film + Video Festival gets underway Friday, April 29, at the Athena Theatre, located at 20 S. Court Street in Athens, Ohio.

This year's weeklong festival features 120 competition films, 18 feature films and eight guest artists, including popular film actor Steve Buscemi, who will be presenting his latest film, "Lonesome Jim." Local filmmakers Blis Hanousek-DeVault and Frederick Lewis will also present their latest films.

In "Passion Works: A Story of Flying," Hanousek-DeVault tells the story of the Athens community-based art studio that works with adult artists who overcome limitations to reach new creative and artistic achievement. "This is a gift to the community," Hanousek-Devault said. "And it is my hope that Passion Works can spread its story of flying to communities, so that people with developmental disabilities can have avenues for self-expression."

For more than 10 years, Frederick Lewis has been assembling "Rockwell Kent," a documentary that puts Kent's myriad achievements in perspective. Lewis retraced the peripatetic artist/adventurer's many travels, shooting footage in Greenland, Newfoundland, Alaska, Ireland and Russia. In 2002, Lewis hired a 56-foot sailboat and crew to recreate Kent's capricious attempt to sail to Cape Horn.

Feature films include, "Bad Education," "The Ballad of Jack and Rose," "Bride & Prejudice," "Gojira (Godzilla)," "Imaginary Heroes," "Inside Deep Throat" and "Steamboy," a retro science fiction animated epic from Japan.

Competition films run free of charge during the day at the Athena and feature films will be shown in the evening. Admission to "Lonesome Jim," which will be shown on May 2 at Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Auditorium, is $6 with a donation of canned/non-perishable food or $8 without a donation. Donations benefit the Athens County Food Pantry.

General admission tickets for screenings are $6 for all feature films and $4 for students with a valid student I.D. Competition films starting before 5 p.m. are free. A $25 pass, which is good for any five screenings (excluding "Lonesome Jim,"), is available from the College of Fine Arts Ticket Office and the Athena Theatre Box Office.

Complete festival information is available at www.athensfest.org.

The Athens International Film + Video Festival is sponsored by the Athens Center for Film and Video, a project of the College of Fine Arts at Ohio University with generous support from the School of Film. It also receives funding from the Ohio Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Athens County Convention and Visitor's Bureau, Eastman Kodak and individual donors.

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Media Contact: Athens Center for Film and Video Director Ruth Bradley, (740) 593-1330, or Media Specialist George Mauzy, (740) 597-1794 or mauzy@ohio.edu 

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