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It's time to get psyched for film fests, special guests

August 25, 2013

YellowBrix

Aug. 25--A variety of film festivals and personal appearances will beckon central Ohio fans to movie theaters.

--The second Film Festival of Columbus (Sept. 21-29, Gateway Film Center) will feature independent works by veteran filmmakers and new directors. Among the films to be screened are Muscle Shoals (2013), about the rich music history in the northwestern Alabama town; Time Zero: The Last Year of Polaroid Film (2012), about those who were passionate about instant photography; and Blue Caprice (2013), a narrative feature starring Isaiah Washington, about the Beltway snipers who terrorized Washington, D.C., in 2002 (www.ffocol.com, www.gatewayfilmcenter.com).

--Hitchcock fans, rejoice! Some of the director's greatest hits will be featured during "Hitchcocktober" (Sept. 27 to Oct. 31, Gateway Film Center). Mystery buffs can revel in Rear Window (1954), Vertigo (1958), Strangers on a Train (1951), The Birds (1963) and -- of course -- Psycho (1960).

--And aficionados hungry for more Hitchcock won't want to miss "The Hitchcock 9" -- nine (out of 10) surviving silent Hitchcock films made from 1925 to '29 (Oct. 10-25, Wexner Center for the Arts, www.wexarts.org).

--A highlight of the fall season will be a visit from the Quay Brothers.

Surrealist filmmakers (and identical twin brothers) Stephen and Timothy Quay will introduce the world premiere of their latest short film, Mistaken Hands(Nov. 2, Wexner Center for the Arts). The film profiles writer Felisberto Hernandez of Uruguay, called the father of "magic realism."

Some work on the film was done at the Wexner Center Film/Video Studio.

The brothers were also asked to choose a horror film to be screened on Halloween (Oct. 31, Wexner Center). Their pick: Freaks, the 1932 film by Tod Browning (Dracula) that was considered shocking upon its release. The pair will introduce and discuss the film (www.wexarts.org).

--Back for a second year, the traveling program of the New York ReelAbilities Disabilities Film Festival (Oct. 4-7) will feature nine movies celebrating the lives and art of people with disabilities.

Films from Australia, China, Israel, Germany, Mozambique, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States will be screened, and panel discussions, presentations by artists with disabilities, filmmaking workshops and receptions will take place at several central Ohio venues, including the Canzani Center, Columbus College of Arts & Design, 60 Cleveland Ave.; Ohio History Center, I-71 and E. 17th Avenue; and the Wexner Center for the Arts, 1871 N. High St. Ticket sales will begin Friday (www.vsao.org/programs/reelabilities).

--One of the highlights of the Jewish Film Festival (Nov. 3-17, multiple venues) will be a program marking the reopening of the Billy Ireland Cartoon & Library Museum at Ohio State University. Every Tuesday: Portrait of the New Yorker Cartoonists (2012) and Art Spiegelman: The Art of Spiegelman (2010) will be screened on Nov. 13 at the Wexner Center for the Arts. Every Tuesday director Rachel Loube might appear at the event.

The annual "Documentary Sunday" program will include screenings of Sukkah City (2013), about an architecture competition in New York; and Joe Papp in Five Acts (2010), about the arts advocate (www.columbusjcc.org).

--The 61st Columbus International Film & Video Festival (Nov. 7-17, multiple venues) will begin with Beny : Back to the Wild, the story of a bonobo rescued and taken to a sanctuary, at the Gateway Film Center.

Other events include a Nov. 13 program of shorts about gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender topics and a Nov. 17 screening of In Organic We Trust at the Studio 35. Early-bird screenings will begin in September (www.columbusfilmcouncil.org).

--Fans of British television can get their Dr. Whofixes (Grandview Theatre). A 50th-anniversary screening will feature prizes and contests (Nov. 23), and a Christmas Day event will include holiday surprises (www.grandviewtheatre.net).

--The Zoom Family Film Festival (Dec. 5-8, Wexner Center for the Arts) will feature an appearance on Dec. 6 by filmmaker PES (born Adam Pesapane), whose short film Fresh Guacamole (2012) was nominated for an Academy Award. One of his films will be screened.

Other activities include a Saturday-morning pajama party and movies (Dec. 7), plus international short films and a silent movie.

--Central Ohio will celebrate all things Dude during the annual Lebowski Fest (Jan. 19, Studio 35), which will feature a beer tasting and a costume contest along with a screening of The Big Lebowski (1998). Regular screenings of the movie will take place Jan. 17 and 18. Tickets should go on sale in November (www.studio35.com).

--Walk the red carpet -- complete with Joan Rivers-style sniping, so leave the flannel shirt at home -- for the annual Oscar party (March 2, Drexel Theatre). Expect the usual contests and movie-swag giveaways (www.drexel.net).

tmikesel@dispatch.com

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