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Ladd’s Over-the-Rhine International Film Festival Named ’25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World’

OTRFF22_logoAnnual List of ’25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World’ as Selected by MovieMaker Magazine 

CINCINNATI, OH – July 21, 2022– Today MovieMaker Magazine announced its list of the ‘25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World’. The Over-the-Rhine International Film Festival, founded by LADD, a Cincinnati based non-profit that serves adults with developmental disabilities, was listed among this highly select group. Since its founding four years ago, The Over-the-Rhine International Film Festival, has grown into the leading diversity film festival in the nation led by the disability community. A jury of seven independent, award-winning film critics, filmmakers, curators and directors attended film festivals internationally to select festivals with unforgettable experiences and exceptional films. “The Over-the-Rhine Film Festival is newer, but mighty. Highlighting disability and marginalized filmmakers, the Festival works hard to promote the films,” noted Emmy-award-winning filmmaker, and juror of MovieMaker’s ‘25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World 2022’, Ms. Iman Zawahry.

The fourth-annual Over-the-Rhine International Film Festival was held July 7-10, 2022; over one-hundred film entries from around the globe were submitted for consideration in this year’s Festival. Awards were presented in narrative, documentary and student categories in addition to two special awards created in partnership with Cincinnati’s National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and the Harriet Beecher Stowe House.

In response to the honor from MovieMaker Magazine, Molly Lyons, Over-the-Rhine International Film Festival Director said, “We are thrilled that the work LADD and the Film Festival does to build an inclusive community is being recognized on a national scale. And by association, Greater Cincinnati is being recognized as ‘cool’ because of the support this community has shown these films, filmmakers and the mission and vision of LADD.”

MovieMaker is dedicated to the art and craft of making movies. Its list of the ‘25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World 2022’, presented by Film Freeway, appears in its Summer issue, featuring Emily the Criminal star Aubrey Plaza on the cover, and online at https://www.moviemaker.com/coolest-film-festivals-2022.

Other film festivals in MovieMaker’s ‘25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World 2022’ include:

  • Austin Film Festival
  • Busan International Film Festival (South Korea)
  • Frameline Film Festival (San Francisco)
  • Chattanooga Film Festival (Tennessee)
  • II Cinema Ritrovato (Bologna, Italy)
  • Key West Film Festival
  • Luxembourg City Film Festival
  • Mammoth Lakes Film Festival (California)
  • Marrakech International Film Festival (Morocco)
  • Zurich Film Festival (Switzerland)

About Over-the-Rhine International Film Festival
The Over-the-Rhine International Film Festival, presented by LADD, is the premier diversity film festival in the United States led by the disability community.  The festival’s founding sponsor is the Saul Schottenstein Foundation B and presented by P&G. The festival showcases stories that celebrate the human spirit by providing a platform for audiences to see through another’s eyes. 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 over 650 adults experiencing disabilities through housing, employment and meaningful community engagement programs. Learn more at laddinc.org.

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Over-the-Rhine Film Festival to Feature Apple Original Films CHA CHA REAL SMOOTH

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Cooper Raiff and Evan Assante in “Cha Cha Real Smooth,” now streaming on Apple TV+.

Cooper Raiff’s Second Feature Film to Screen in Cincinnati on July 9 

CINCINNATI, OH –June 22, 2022 – The premier diversity festival in the United States led by the disability community, The Over-The-Rhine Film Festival, presented by LADD, will screen the romantic comedy ‘Cha Cha Real Smooth’ from Apple Original Films at the Art Academy of Cincinnati’s SITE 1212 on Saturday, July 9 at 5pm.  ‘Cha Cha Real Smooth’ is about a 22-year-old named Andrew who is fresh out of college and without a clear life path and stuck at home with his family in New Jersey.  He lands a job doing motivational dancing at Bar and Bat Mitzvahs for his younger brother’s classmates.  When Andrew befriends a local mom and daughter duo, he discovers the future he wants – even if it might not be his own.  The film is directed and written by Cooper Raiff and stars Cooper Raiff, Dakota Johnson, Brad Garrett, Leslie Mann and newcomers Vanessa Burghardt and Evan Assante.

The Over-The-Rhine Film Festival, presented by LADD, July 7-10, 2022, will screen fifty films at venues in the diverse Over-the-Rhine neighborhood of Cincinnati including The Art Academy of Cincinnati’s SITE 1212, The Woodward Theater, Harriet Beecher Stowe House and The Freedom Center throughout the four-day event.  “We couldn’t be more thrilled to be partnering with Apple TV+ on Cha Cha Real Smooth; it’s such an endearing and authentic film that resonates with our Festival values,” said tt stern-enzi, Artistic Director, The Over-The-Rhine Film Festival.  “With Cha Cha Real Smooth and some of our other feature films, Cincinnati will be hosting a number of rising stars, including Vanessa Burghardt”, he continued.

On Thursday, July 7, the narrative feature Poppy from writer-director Linda Niccol will open The OTR Film Festival, presented by LADD, at 8pm at SITE 1212. Poppy is a young woman with Down Syndrome eager to take control of her life and pursue her dream of becoming a mechanic; look forward to love, laughs and drama.

This year’s curated film slate also includes Marvelous and The Black Hole from director Kate Tsang, capturing the coming-of-age story of a delinquent teen who teams up with a surly children’s magician to navigate a difficult stage of her life.   In addition, the Festival will present Chase Joynt’s documentary Framing Agnes which, based on a discovery of case files from a 1950s gender clinic, features a cast of transgender actors and turns the talk show format inside-out to confront the legacy of a young transgender woman forced to choose between honesty and access.

For the complete film schedule, including a detailed list of films, venues and times, visit https://otrfilmfest.org/2022-schedule/. Tickets to The Over-The-Rhine Film Festival, presented by LADD, can be purchased online as virtual or in-person passes and single tickets at https://otrfilmfest.org/tickets/.

About Over-the-Rhine International Film Festival
The Over-the-Rhine International Film Festival, presented by LADD, is the premier diversity film festival in the United States led by the disability community.  The festival’s founding sponsor is the Saul Schottenstein Foundation B along with leadership support from Procter and Gamble. Set to return July 7-10, 2022, the festival will showcase stories that celebrate the human spirit by providing a platform for audiences to see through another’s eyes. The festival is a catalyst for creating community and connections by telling stories that don’t get told.  LADD brings the annual festival to Cincinnati to continue 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 over 650 adults experiencing disabilities through housing, employment and meaningful community engagement programs. Learn more at laddinc.org.

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Announcing the 2022 OVER-THE-RHINE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL Film Line-Up

OTRFF22_logoFifty Films Celebrating Diversity & The Human Spirit, Including Feature Films, Film Shorts, Student & Curated Films 

CINCINNATI, OH –May 18, 2022 – The premier diversity festival in the United States led by the disability community, The Over-The-Rhine Film Festival, presented by LADD, today officially announced a showcase of independent films for the highly-anticipated event that will occur July 7-10, 2022, in a variety of venues in the diverse Cincinnati neighborhood of Over-the-Rhine. With a stringent film-screening and selection process that rivals film festivals such as the Toronto and Cleveland Film Festivals, The Over-The-Rhine Film Festival, presented by LADD, received over one hundred entries from all over the globe; the film slate was unveiled today at a media event at The Art Academy of Cincinnati’s SITE 1212, in Over-The-Rhine, one of the Film Festival July venues.

The Over-The-Rhine Film Festival, presented by LADD, is in its fourth year and aims to encourage conversation, engagement, and action through the vehicle of film.  Films will be screened at The Art Academy of Cincinnati’s SITE 1212, The Woodward Theater, Harriet Beecher Stowe House and The Freedom Center throughout the four-day event in July.  “The breadth and depth of films from such a diverse group of filmmakers is unprecedented,” said tt stern-enzi, Artistic Director, The Over-The-Rhine Film Festival.  “These films truly represent the five pillars which we base our selection process on: freedom, identity, diversity, disability and faith,” he continued. Mr. stern-enzi is one of the most lauded Black film critics in the United States and is locally known as “The Movie Guy” on Cincinnati’s Fox19 television.

On July 7, the narrative feature Poppy from writer-director Linda Niccol will open The OTR Film Festival, presented by LADD, at 8pm at SITE 1212. Poppy is a young woman with Down Syndrome eager to take control of her life and pursue her dream of becoming a mechanic; look forward to love, laughs and drama.

From the submission side of programming, the feature documentary Here. Is. Better., which addresses PTSD among veterans, allowing them to share their own stories in their own voices, will be presented. Rez Metal, is a film that spotlights the journey of a Navajo band working on their debut album with the award-winning producer of Metallica. And Our Baby Knows, a short film from Cincinnati filmmaker David Chimusoro, finds a young father attempting to explain a harsh reality to his son using personal triumph to soften the blow.

In addition to Poppy on Opening Night, this year’s curated slate includes Omoiyari: A Song Film by Kishi Bashi, a powerful musical odyssey connecting the Muslim ban and the immigration crisis on the US/Mexico border to the Japanese internment during WWII; Marvelous and The Black Hole from director Kate Tsang, capturing the coming-of-age story of a delinquent teen who teams up with a surly children’s magician to navigate a difficult stage of her life.

For the complete film schedule, including a detailed list of films, venues and times, visit https://otrfilmfest.org/festival-schedule/. Tickets to The Over-The-Rhine Film Festival, presented by LADD, can be purchased online as virtual or in-person passes and single tickets at https://otrfilmfest.org/tickets/.

About Over-the-Rhine International Film Festival
The Over-the-Rhine International Film Festival, presented by LADD, is the premier diversity film festival in the United States led by the disability community.  The festival’s founding sponsor is the Saul Schottenstein Foundation B along with leadership support from Procter and Gamble. Set to return July 7-10, 2022, the festival will showcase stories that celebrate the human spirit by providing a platform for audiences to see through another’s eyes. The festival is a catalyst for creating community and connections by telling stories that don’t get told.  LADD brings the annual festival to Cincinnati to continue 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 over 650 adults experiencing disabilities through housing, employment and meaningful community engagement programs. Learn more at laddinc.org.

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OTR International Film Festival Returns to Cincinnati

OTRFF_logoJuly 7 – 10, 2022

CINCINNATI, Ohio (October 12, 2021) – The Over-the-Rhine International Film Festival, presented by LADD, is set to return July 7-10, 2022 and is Now Accepting Submissions! Film submissions are open until January 6, 2022. The OTR Film Fest is known for bringing films from around the world for a celebration of diversity, inclusion and shared humanity. Visit us on FilmFreeway for the opportunity to be a part of our curation.

The OTR Film Fest is the nation’s first diversity film festival driven by people in the disability community, and is a platform to see through another’s eyes.

“It is a movement about human connection,” said Molly Lyons, OTR International Film Festival Director. “This event allows us to continue in our shared experiences — to grow, learn, and value one another.”

As in previous festivals, dozens of films never before shown in theaters or on TV will debut in venues in the historic district of Over-the-Rhine and select neighborhoods within the city of Cincinnati. As varied as the films will be – crossing all forms and genres – the mission of each is the same: to engage and unite people.

“Film is a communal experience,” says TT Stern-Enzi, OTR International Film Festival Artistic Director. “Powerful stories are shared where audience members discover how they relate to those stories, and are able to learn from a completely different perspective. That’s what we hope to deliver at every screening, which include bold, provocative conversations with panelists after each showcase.”

Each festival brings out the best in our community. We look forward to uniting for this purpose again next year. Mark your calendars for the OTR Film Fest Film Announcement Party in May 2022, and the festival July 7 – 10, 2022.

Visit filmfreeway.com/otrfilmfest to submit a film!

About the Over-the-Rhine International Film Festival
The mission of the Over-the-Rhine International Film Festival (OTRFF) is to present stories that celebrate the human spirit by providing a platform for audiences to see through another’s eyes. OTRFF 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.

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 nearly 700 individuals through housing, employment and meaningful community engagement programs. Learn more at https://laddinc.org.

 

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2021 Over-the-Rhine International Film Festival: Film Line-Up & Program

OTRIFF_2021 logo46 Films, 36 Competition Films, 9 Curated Films

Cincinnati, Ohio – The 2021 Over-the-Rhine International Film Festival, organized by LADD, returns this summer with both indoor/outdoor and virtual screenings. The festival takes place Thursday, July 8th through Sunday, July 11th in and around Over-the-Rhine. The film slate announced Monday, June 21st at 5:00 on Fountain Square includes 46 films that celebrate diversity and our shared humanity.

Over 475 films were submitted to the OTR Film Fest, of those submissions, 36 were selected as competition films and nine curated films were selected. Prizes for films selected as part of the competition slate will include, Best Narrative, Best Documentary, The Power of Voice Award and the Freedom Award, and will be announced at the Award Ceremony taking place Saturday July 10th at 8:00 at Washington Park and streamed to Ziegler Park.

“The films selected for the competition slate emerged from the largest and most diverse pool of submissions the Over-the-Rhine International Film Festival has ever received,” Says tt stern-enzi, festival Artistic Director. “Nearly 500 films from over 50 countries. To narrow the field down to 36 was a herculean task that our festival screening committee embraced.”

The OTR Film Fest will debut with the opening night film Best Summer Ever, an official selection for the 2020 SXSW Film Festival. Best Summer Ever is a fresh take on the summer musical with a fully integrated case of people with and without disabilities. Best Summer Ever will screen in the parking lot located at 329 East 13th Street at 8:00 immediately following the the Opening Night Party taking place at Braxton Brewery at 6:00 p.m. The film’s stars Rickey Wilson and Shannon DeVido will attend the event in person and will set the tone for the weekend.

The festival will close with a screening of the film CODA the 2021 Sundance Film standout film which won the Director Award, The Ensemble Award, and the Audience and Grand Jury Prize for Best Dramatic film. The film also broke Sundance Records after being sold to Apple+ Streaming for nearly $25MM. The film tells the story of Ruby, who as a CODA (Child of Deaf Adults) is the only hearing person in her Deaf family. When the family’s fishing business is threatened, Ruby finds herself torn between pursuing her lover of music and her fear of abandoning her parent. The film will play Saturday night, July 10 at 9:00 at both Washington and Ziegler Park.

“This year’s festival features an incredible selection of films that tell untold stories that celebrate our shared humanity. We have all lost so much in the last year and this festival gives us an opportunity to come together and connect across our differences.” Molly Lyons, Festival Director.

A list of highlighted films is below:

July 9th
13th and Republic (4:00 pm Ziegler Park)
The film 13th and Republic is a project funded as part of ArtsWave’s Truth and Reconciliation Project. 13th and Republic is an Interactive, Operatic, Radical Dance Film directed by Darnell Pierre Benjamin that addresses excessive police force against Black communities and the mental health of the country.

Swan Song (5:30 p.m Ziegler Park)
Swan Song was an official selection for the 2021 SXSW Film Festival, and tells the story of Pat Pitsenbarger, a retired hairdresser living in a nursing home in Sandusky, Ohio. Pat is content with just living his life in the home, Pat finds himself with a new mission when a former client says her dying wish is to have the hairdresser work on her final hairdo. With the need to find the right products to make this wish come true, Pat finds himself struggling on his journey through Sandusky. The post film panel will feature the film’s director, Todd Stephens who is best known for Another Gay Movie.

Sisters with Transistors (8:00 pm Ziegler Park)
The film Sisters with Transistors was an official selection film at the 2020 SXSW film festival and tells the untold story of electronic music’s female pioneers, composers who embraced machines and their liberating technologies to utterly transform how we produce and listen to music today. There will be a post film panel Featuring BETTY the Band followed by a party at Braxton Brewery with a performance by BETTY.

July 10th
Not Going Quietly (10:00 a.m. Ziegler Park)
The film Not Going Quietly won an audience award at the 2021 SXSW film festival and is about Ady Barkan, a lawyer and new father whose is diagnosed with ALS and given four years to live, he finds himself directly impacted by a new legislation proposal jeopardizing essential healthcare programs critical to Ady’s and others’ survival. After a chance confrontation with Senator Jeff Flake goes viral, Ady embarks on a cross-country tour, using his final breaths to fight for healthcare justice to try and create a better world for his newborn son to inherit. There will be a panel after the film.

Determined (2:00 p.m Ziegler Park)
The film Determined was directed by Cincinnati film maker Melissa Godoy and tells the story of three women who lost their mother’s to Alzheimer’s disease and who offer their bodies to a revolutionary study that follows the lives of adult children of people with Alzheimer’s disease. The film’s Director Melissa Godoy will participate in a post film discussion.

American-ish (6:00 p.m. Ziegler Park)
The film American-ish won an audience award for the 2021 Center for Asian American Media film festival and tells the story of two marriage age sisters and their newly immigrated cousin as they navigate the sometimes inevitable tensions that arises between competing societal and cultural norms, with a story that is unconventional, funny and heartwarming. The film’s Director Iman Zawahri and other stars from the film will attend the event in person.

See You Then (2:30p.m. Esquire Theater)
The film See You Then was an official selection for the 2021 SXSW Film Festival and tells the story of Naomi and Kris as they come together a decade after Kris abruptly breaks up with Naomi, to catch up on their complicated lives, relationships and Kris’ transition. The film stars Pooya Mohseni as Kris. Pooya is an Iranian American actress, writer, filmmaker and Trans activist born and raised in Theran, Iran.

Reinventing the Wheel (4:00 p.m. Ziegler Park)
The film Reinventing the Wheel was the winner of the best documentary film award at the Chelsea Film Festival and tells the story of a unique wheelchair community in the Okanagan Valley as they guide newly injured, Dan McLean, through his first year of life as a paraplegic.

For a complete list of films on the OTR Film Fest program, please visit https://otrfilmfest.org/.

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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