For the first time ever, in the historic Over-the-Rhine district in the heart of Cincinnati, OH, indie rockers and indie filmmakers are coming together for one festival. The School for Creative and Performing Arts is the home of the MidPoint Film Festival (MPFF), which is the official film component of the legendary and internationally known music festival, MidPoint Music Festival (MPMF).
Thursday night, which is the festival launch, welcomes the community. We start the evening by introducing the local filmmakers of the pending documentary film Rebirth of Over-the-Rhine. They will present a short work in progress clip and talk back session. The presentation is a fundraiser, $10 suggested donation, for both the film and Midland Film Institute, the producing agent for the MidPoint Film Festival (MFI). The evening wraps up with a screening of Newport Gangster documentary. The screening is also a fundraiser, $10 suggested donation. The filmmakers will also have a talk back session immediately after the film.
Friday night is a fun double feature brought to you by our friends at Samhain Publishing. The first film is a great little indie gem Turn Me On, Dammit! , a coming of age film of a teen aged girl coming to terms with her budding sexuality and growing up in a small town. The second half of the evening features The Moth Diaries, by Mary Harron, director of American Psycho. The Moth Diaries is set in an all-girls boarding school, which may or may not have a vampire student in their midst.
Saturday is jam-packed with everything from the family-friendly to the totally gross and disturbing. We start off the day with Happen, Inc, showcasing their Lights, Camera, Learning in Action! films created by very talented and creative kids who live in Northside. Mile in My Shoes: Women Veterans is a documentary honoring the women who have served in the military. The film is an MFI production and created by local audio/visual students from Cincinnati State.
The afternoon continues with Oversimplification of Her Beauty by Terence Nance, who is one of Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film”. Oversimplification is an experimental film with animation telling the classic story of boy meets girl. The afternoon rounds out with California Solo, starring Robert Carlyle. In a strong performance, Carlyle plays an aged out Irish rocker who is on the verge of deportation after a DUI.
The film festival closes at 9:30ish, which gives you all plenty of time to recover from gore and to rock out the night with a band or two!