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Film Dayton announces festival line-up

July 27, 2013


July 27--It's hard to believe it's been five years but the folks at FilmDayton will be hosting their Fifth Annual Festival Aug. 23-25.

An All-Access weekend pass will include comedies, documentaries, dramas, workshops, Q & A sessions with filmmakers, and a party at Gilly's. All of the activities are concentrated in one city block in downtown Dayton, with screenings taking place at The Neon movie theater.

This year's event kicks off with "In A World" by writer/director/star Lake Bell who tells the comic story of a vocal coach who dreams of becoming a voice-over star. The documentary "Remote Area Medical," from Jeff Reichert and Farihah Zaman, who will be attending the festival, looks at folks who are struggling without health insurance. Grand Jury and Audience Award Winner at SXSW, "Short Term 12" is the tale of a young foster-care supervisor.

"Jack, Jules, Esther and Me" features cinematography by Stivers graduate Djuna Wahlrab; the festival will close with "Big Words," set in Brooklyn on the night of President Obama's election.

Other attractions include "Flick My Clip," the comedy shorts mini-fest hosted by Ryan Singer, and The Sundog Festival, a celebration of work done by high school filmmakers. Shorts submitted from around the world will also be shown. Industry workshop topics this year range from perfecting the "pitch" and breaking down (and building) a film budget to the distribution process.

All-access passes will be available are $75; beginning July 29, Flex Passes (three events) are $22; Single tickets are $9. For information: visit

Theatre Hall of Fame Gala Next Weekend

Just a reminder that the deadline for reservations for the Dayton Theatre Hall of Fame Gala slated for Saturday, Aug. 3, at Sinclair Community College is Monday, July 29.

The festive event, which will honor a producer, two scenic designers and a director, gets underway at 6 p.m. For the first time, you have the option of buying a ticket for the program-only. Admission for the dinner is $45, the event-only is $20. The official part of the evening begins at 7:30 p.m. For reservations, visit

UTS Hosts Special Concert

United Theological Seminary is planning a Celebration Concert at 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 9, at Concord UMC, 1123 S. Main St., Englewood.

The special event will celebrate the winners of 'New Songs and Hymns for Renewal: A Competition"and will also feature the Jeremy Winston Chorale, a group founded by United's Director of Music Ministry, Jeremy Winston.

The group first performed at world's largest choral competition, The World Choir Games in Cincinnati, and won a gold medal as Best Gospel Choir, a silver medal for Mixed Chorus (classical music), a silver medal for Spirituals and is currently ranked among the top 15 choirs in the country.

The ensemble was invited to the White House in December of 2012 to perform for President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.

The winning songs from both this year's competition and the 2012 competition will also be featured at United's Opening Convocation at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug 7, at 11:30 a.m. at Precious Blood Catholic Church. See for more information.

Wings of Freedom Tour Comes to Town

The national Wings of Freedom tour will showcase some rare World War II aircraft and will be coming to the Wright Brothers Airport from Aug. 5- 7.

The tour, which will travel to cities throughout the country, features the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress "Nine O Nine" WWII Heavy Bomber, the Consolidated B-24 Liberator "Witchcraft" WWII Heavy Bomber and the P-51 Mustang fighter.

The B-17 is one of only eight in flying condition in the United States, the B-24J and Full Dual Control P-51C Mustang are the sole remaining examples of their type flying in the World.

Visitors are invited to explore the aircraft inside and out -- from noon to 5 p.m. on Monday, Au.t 5; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug.6; and 9 a.m. until noon on Wednesday, Aug.7.

Admission is $12 for adults, $6 for children under 12, free for World War II veterans. Visitors may also take a 30-minute flight: Flights on either the B-17 or B-24 are $425 per person, P-51 flights are $2,200 for a half hour and $3,200 for a full hour. For reservations and information on flight experiences call (800) 568-8924.

The Dayton-Wright Brothers Airport in Dayton is located at Aviation Sales Inc., 10600 Springboro Pike.

Andy Snow Wins Prestigious Photo Award

The American Society of Media Photographers is awarding its "Best of ASMP 2013" to the project, "Then & Now," the photos taken by Andy Snow that commemorate the Great Flood of 1913.

The photos were recently featured in the flood exhibit at the Dayton Art Institute and were produced in conjunction with the book, "A Flood of Memories," published by the Miami Conservancy District

Annually, the award goes to 20 photographers from throughout the nation who are chosen by their peers.

Over the next two years, Snow's collection of flood photos will be traveling to various venues in southern Ohio. The first presentation will appear, Aug. 15 Oct. 1, at Antioch University Midwest in Yellow Springs.

Actors Wanted

Auditions are being held on Aug.19 and 20 at the main branch of the Dayton Public Library for a feature length film entitled "Furthest Depths."

The film is being written and directed by Josh Deane, a student in Wright State University's Motion Pictures program, along with some of his fellow students.

"With this film, I decided to explore the tropes of film noir, a genre I really love," Josh says. "The story utilizes the familiar elements of noir and crime dramas in order to reveal not only the loneliness and disillusion of contemporary culture, but directly address issues with the genre as well."

Auditions are being held from 4:45-8:30 p.m. both nights. Roles to be cast include the lead role of Jeannine, a black woman in her late 40s -- early 50s, as well as her daughter, Shelly; her husband, James; and her mother, Mama. There are also are other speaking and extra roles. You're asked to contact Deane, for more information or to set up an, or call (937)570-9224.


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