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OTR Film Fest’s CELEBRATION OF INCLUSION Bringing Star-studded Lineup to Cincinnati Living Rooms

OTRFF_21_march_Newsletter_1920x1080-blk copyCINCINNATI, Ohio (Feb. 23, 2021) – The Over-the-Rhine International Film Festival, organized by LADD and the nation’s only diversity film festival led by the disability community, will host a special evening of connection, community and culture at 6:30 p.m. on March 11.

A Celebration of Inclusion in Film & Media,” a virtual experience, will feature celebrity appearances, comedy, musical performances, inspirational speakers and VIP packages with chef-curated dinners and custom gift bags.

The lineup of Hollywood stars and changemakers include:

  • Lea DeLaria from “Orange is the New Black”
  • Sammi Haney from “Netflix’s Raising Dion”
  • Ryan Niemiller, comedian and former contestant on “America’s Got Talent”
  • Valarie Kaur, filmmaker, civil rights lawyer and Sikh activist
  • Mat Fraser from “CripTales” and “American Horror Story”
  • Rickey Alexander Wilson from “Best Summer Ever”
  • Deirdre Lovejoy from “Netflix’s Raising Dion” and “The Wire”

Plus, musical performances by:

  • Indigo Girls
  • Sweet Honey in the Rock
  • BETTY

“As we look to heal, rebuild, perhaps return to some level of normalcy or begin anew after this past year, many of us are seeing life through a new lens,” said Molly Lyons, festival director. “That’s what this virtual experience is all about: celebrating our shared humanity and discovering new perspectives.”

We’ve partnered with our friends at EXPO to offer attendees various levels of participation in the evening’s activities, from standard access ($30) to VIP experiential packages. Tickets are available at expotoyou.com/otr-international-film-festival and an access link will be emailed to ticket holders closer to the date.

Each VIP package supports local chefs through Oakley Kitchen Food Hall, as well as artists with disabilities and Happen Inc. Breadwinners who designed art for t-shirts, bags and stickers included in the gift bags.

The event will also reveal the 2021 festival’s theme and announce two new festival awards in collaboration with the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and the Harriet Beecher Stowe House.

Produced by Kate Siahaan-Rigg – actor, stand-up comic and writer based in New York City – and Alyson Palmer – producer, director, activist, community organizer and singer/songwriter for BETTY – the night is sure to be full of laughter, discovery and celebration. The festival thanks its Leadership Committee, Marketing Committee, LADD’s Board of Directors and sponsors for making this event possible.

About Over-the-Rhine International Film Festival
The Over-the-Rhine International Film Festival, organized by LADD, was founded by the Saul Schottenstein Foundation B and is presented by the Edwards Initiative, formerly Financial Independence Project. The festival, set to return July 8-11, 2021, showcases stories that celebrate the human spirit by providing a platform for audiences to see through another’s eyes. The festival also aims to spotlight the Queen City and its role in reframing how we see disability in the entertainment industry’s ongoing discussion of diversity. Learn more at otrfilmfest.org.

About LADD
Guided by the belief that every person has ability and value, LADD empowers adults with developmental disabilities to live, work, and connect. Founded in 1975, the Cincinnati non-profit now supports more than 600 individuals through housing, employment and meaningful community engagement programs. Learn more at laddinc.org.

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Auditions Announced for Over-the-Rhine International Film Festival

OTRFF_logoAudition – Actors
Paid position Cincinnati, Ohio – pop up performances Aug & Sept 2018

The Over-the-Rhine International Film Festival is September 26-30. Leading up to the festival actors will present speeches from the film industry that encourage viewers to celebrate diversity, differences and our shared humanity.

Auditions at LADD: 3603 Victory Pkwy, Cincinnati, OH 45229
LADD is a 42-year-old organization that is guided by the belief that everyone has ability and value. LADD empowers adults with disabilities to live, work and, connect.

Tuesday, July 31 from 1-3pm and 6-8pm
Time of audition- in 10 minute increments.
Sign up at: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F094CAFAF23A64-film
If you have a problem signing up please email Jennifer Timm, jenn.timm@laicommunications.com.
We will do our best to accommodate you.

Performers can read speeches and monologues provided at the audition or bring their own material. All text must come from the film industry and can include: award speeches given by industry professionals, monologues from movies, or presentations on why the film industry should represent a diverse population.

Actors will perform this meaningful material to the public as pop up street theater. Performance dates will be decided by the group based on availability. Pop up performances will be weekends and weekday afternoons/evenings prior to the OTR International Film Festival Sept 26-30.

Diversity is all about differences, and the Over-the-Rhine International Film Festival is a universal approach to the City of Cincinnati celebrating its shared humanity, regardless of background, education, gender, ethnicity, nationality, generation, age, religious background, sexual orientation, or ability.

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