Jonathan McNeal

September 28th through the 30th, the LGBT Film Festival returns to the Neon Movie Theater in downtown Dayton.  In this sneak-peek interview, WYSO Weekend host, Jerry Kenney, talks with Jonathan McNeal, film festival curator, and manager of the Neon, about this year's selections.

This interview will air on WYSO Weekend Sunday, September 23rd.

Cindy Funk

Aaron Rourke returns to Excursions to talk about recent projects underway by Rivers Unlimited, an organization devoted to restoring and preserving rivers throughout the state of Ohio.  Rivers Unlimited recently helped efforts to get the Mad River designated as a recreational river with the help of a Dr. Ritter, Wittenberg professor.  

Rivers Unlimited will host a screening of Call of the Scenic River at Wittenberg University on July 27 at 7pm at the Bailey Auditorium 

Filmically Perfect's Live Call-In Special 2012

Jul 10, 2012

Join the Film Guys, J. Todd Anderson and George Willeman, along with host Niki Dakota as they kick off a new season of Filmically Perfect with a live call-in special. 

Local Filmmaker's Homage to the 80's Slasher Film

Jul 10, 2012

Recently released on VHS, The Sleeper is a new slasher film by local filmmaker Justin Russell. Justin created The Sleeper as an homage to a genre that peaked in popularity before he was even born: slasher films.

Slasher films are those horror films from the 1980’s where a maniac offs a group of attractive young people with a machete, or a pair of garden shears, or a shish kabob skewer.

WYSO Weekend: July 1, 2012

Jul 2, 2012

Full episode of WYSO Weekend for July 1, 2012 containing the following stories:

-Emily McCord speaks with local filmmakers Steve Bognar and Julia Reichert about their new film Sparkle which won the audience award for best short documentary at SilverDocs.

-Juliet Fromholt speaks with Brad Centers, one of the organizers of the Miami Valley Music Festival. 

-The latest installment of PoliticsOhio: National Debate Over Immigration Plays In Ohio, by Emily McCord

Local Film "Sparkle" Wins National Award

Jun 25, 2012

A documentary by local filmmakers won an award from the largest documentary film festival in the country.  Julia Reichert and Steve Bognar directed Sparkle, and as WYSO's Emily McCord reports, it was an audience favorite.

What started off as a short video for his church turned into a feature length documentary project for Shane Pergrem.   Here Pergrem discusses the process of making The Almond Tree, his first feature film and where the process has taken him as an artist.  He's joined by longtime friend Ricky Terrell of Starving in the Belly of the Whale, who composed the soundtrack to the Almond Tree. Terrell talks about scoring the film and shares several live and recorded songs.

When musician Shawn Burkett became a father, he wanted to stay closer to home.  So he turned to another artistic pursuit: filmmaking.  Along with his friend and collaborator, Ryan Stacy, Burkett formed Concept Media, and the company released its first film, Midsummer Nightmares earlier in 2011. 

Here Burkett and Concept Media actress Ayse Howard discuss their start in film and the new projects they'll be working on in 2012.

A documentary by two Ohio filmmakers has been selected as one of 25 films that will be added to the 2011 National Film Registry. As WYSO's Emily McCord reports, it joins movies like Bambi and Forrest Gump as a film worthy of preservation by the Library of Congress. 

This episode features Dr. Robert Arceci, the current director of Pediatric Oncology at Johns Hopkins University, editor-in-chief of Pediatric Blood and Cancer magazine, and the creator of A Lion in the House, an Emmy-Award winning documentary released in 2006 that provides the unique perspectives of pediatric patients with cancer who come from starkly varying socioeconomic backgrounds.