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-flutter over movies — you bet

This film fest gets our hearts pounding.

1 of my favorites

I Am Love was a favorite of mine at this year’s Cleveland International Film Festival.

34th Cleveland International Film Festival

What a fabulous collection of films, people, heart.

Another fabulous festival, Cleveland

Way to go, Cleveland! You outdo yourself every year. But this year’s film festival — most wonderful, wonderful and out of all hooping! It was incredible! Here are the movies that most captured my heart: Lemon Tree, Cherry Blossoms, The Reckoning, In a Dream, Prodigal Sons, Tricks, Chef’s Special, Black Sea.

More tomorrow.

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.