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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.

Full episode of WYSO Weekend for November 6, 2011 containing the following stories:

-Jerry Kenney reports on Kettering Fairmont High School's 4th Annual A Cappella Festival

-Jerry Kenney interviews Jay Tieber about the Ohio Liberty Film Festival

-Emily McCord interviews Johnathon Gallienne, a member of Occupy Dayton, about the protests on Courthouse Square in downtown Dayton.

The sixth annual Downtown Dayton LGBT Film Festival starts next Friday, September 23rd . And this is the only time many of these films will be screened in Ohio. Festival founder and director Jonathan McNeal sat down with WYSO Community Voices Producer Liz Cambron – to talk about some of his personal favorites.

Local filmmaker Andy Copp makes a return visit to the WYSO studios to talk about his latest work-in-progress, Church of the Eyes and his Independent Shadow Cinema series at Englewood Cinema.

Englewood Cinema will also host a retrospective of Andy Copp's work on September 2nd.

 

North Dixie Drive is the portrait of a neighborhood that's been a long time in the making.  Filmmaker Eric Mahoney was inspired by his in-laws, Israeli immigrants who own a body shop on the title street, and thought about documenting the place for several year before taking the plunge to make the film.  Here Mahoney discusses the process of making the film and the characters he found along the way.

North Dixie Drive premiering at the Neon Movies this weekend. The premier on March 26th is sold out, but addition showings have been added on April 1, 2 and 3 at the Neon Movies.

Oakwood Native's Film Airs Nationwide

Oct 19, 2010
Courtesy of THE GARDNER DOCUMENTARY GROUP

Janet Gardner grew up in the Dayton area, and was inspired by the Wright Brothers to produce her film "Mechanic to Millionaire: The Peter Cooper Story". Cooper was a 19th century inventor and philanthropist. WYSO's Emily McCord spoke with Gardner about her upbringing and why Peter Cooper should hold an important place in American history.

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