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.
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.
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.
This Sunday marks the debut of the Yellow Springs Short Film Festival at the Little Art Theater.
"There's a range in films. There are 17 in total, and they're all from local or regional filmmakers. Mainly Greene county, Montgomery county and Clark at this point, but there's also one from Warren county. They range from 1 to 15 minutes, but most of them are between five and ten [minutes]. So 17 films, but it's not too long of a program," says Vanessa Query, an Antioch College grad and the guiding force behind the film festival.