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Opening Night at the 33rd Cleveland International Film Festival

March 20th, 2009

The crowd files into the party (it looks like rows in an airplane)

The crowd files into the party (it looks like rows in an airplane)

Last night, I was lucky enough to score a ticket to the opening night gala of the 33rd Cleveland International Film Festival (and here’s where I give a big shout out to Dollar Bank for sponsoring the event - I like to praise any financial corporation that is putting money back into the community).  It’s one of the year’s hottest tickets.  We got to see the special film (which is only shown opening night) and go to the party after, which includes food - and I really like free food.

This year’s opening film was “Lightbulb” about a young inventor looking for that one thing to really stick with the public - before his wife leaves him for good for gambling all of their money away.  It was written and produced by Mike Cram (who was there, along with star Dallas Roberts and Exec Prod Gregory Goodall) and based on his life.  It was good and had a happy ending, which was a relief, because this is not the year to start the fest off with a downer.

Prod Gregory Goodall and CFS Exec Dir Marcie Goodman

Prod Gregory Goodall and CFS Exec Dir Marcie Goodman

After the screening, the crowd was led on a crazy march through Tower City to the reception (two years in a row and I still only vaguely know where the party space is within the complex).  Then there’s food, beer, a band and a lot of people dressed in black.  People were supposed to dress inventively, but only a couple of folks actually did (come on, how many opportunities do grown-ups have to wear fancy clothes? I wasn’t going to waste the evening by wearing a dress made out of used juice packs).

Oh, and we got to see the new trailer (exciting now, but we’ll see how it holds up with repeat viewings).  It’s starting!

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