In my opinion, aside from our Great Lake, this is Ohio’s best thing.


I just loved her little movie

Marielle Woods’ short film, First World Problems, delighted at the Cleveland International Film Festival this year. Was able to get her to talk a bit about it, between lunch bites. (My Aunt Rose would’ve called Marielle a “good egg.”)

And, the woman’s definitely talented. If you get a chance, see her film. It’s just 90 seconds, and it’ll make you smile.

Two weekends and 23 movies for me. Someday, would love to stay for the whole 10 days.

Movie about cavedigging a big win at CIFF

Boy, oh, boy, I love this film.  Saw it today as part of a Shorts collection at the Cleveland International Film Festival, which, by the way, is seamless — always — from beginning of the festival to the very end. These people know how to do it right.

A Simple Piece of Paper, about adoptee rights, is another big winner. So appreciative that Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed the bill that gives those adopted in Ohio between 1964-1996 a right to their original birth certificates.

A colossal success

I was Really, Really, Really Happy to attend the 33rd Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF) last weekend.  And, really, that’s an understatement. I could have done handsprings. Saw some absolutely wonderful movies as well as the little woman who attends the festival each year in the only way she can: on a gurney. I’ve seen her almost every year I’ve attended the festival, which has been since 1983.

She was breathing through a tube, which meant she’d take a breath, talk, take a breath, talk. Said she loves to talk with people who approach her — a good thing because, in fact, people approach her quite readily. She’s very sophisticated and prefers not to be called “the woman in the bed.” (See post from several days ago.) I did get her name this time but will honor her request to not use it here.

Another little note I have to add is to thank my friends Sean and Rysiek for putting me up yet again in their wonderful, cozy home in Slavic Village. I’ll stay with them this weekend, too. They’re completely delightful — and I take supplies, including food, to incline them even more in my favor.

If you’d like to see this year’s CIFF trailer, just click.

My favorite film last weekend was Cherry Blossoms. Also loved The Reckoning, a documentary about the International Criminal Court. Looking forward to seeing if those hold up after this weekend.

I love Cleveland’s film fest


I started attending the Cleveland International Film Festival in 1983. One of the best films that year was Night of a Thousand Stars. Not actually sure if that was its title. Do remember, though, that it was a delectable film about Italy. I was hooked and have made it to the festival almost every year since.

Cleveland actually has many things to commend it, but honestly, I think the CIFF is its most commendable. Incredibly well-organized with hundreds of delightful volunteers — and the films! I’ve never been disappointed.

And there is an interesting side story to my loving this event. For many years, I’ve seen the same person come wheeling into a film on her bed. I saw her first in 1984, maybe. She is probably about 10 or so years older than I am and the size of a 10-year-old. Last time I saw her, I mentioned that I’d been seeing her off and on at the festival since about 1984. She just smiled. Her daughter was with her that time. It’s always gratifying to see that she gets rolled in to the front of the theater. By this time, I would imagine she gets free tickets. Hope so. What a tribute to the festival that this woman with considerable health issues makes such an effort to get to the films.

Cleveland International Film Festival — check it out!