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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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OTR International Film Festival Announces 2021 Film Line-up

OTRIFF_2021 Announcement PartyThe 2021 Over-the-Rhine International Film Festival:
Film Line-up Announcement

CINCINNATI, Ohio (June 14, 2021) – Over-the-Rhine International Film Festival, organized by LADD, is the nation’s first diversity film festival led by people in the disability community. We will announce the 2021 Film Festival line-up June 21st at 5:00 p.m. on Fountain Square. This event is free and open to the public!

The festival, which returns July 8-11th, will screen at outdoor & indoor venues around the city as well as virtually, featuring 24 film blocks made up of 46 films from around the world. This year’s festival includes films that premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, South by South West, and Sundance. The films were selected from nearly 500 films submitted for consideration. These selections reflect the festival’s commitment to creating a platform to see through another’s eyes, while connecting across differences through stories and shared experiences.

“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.”

Post screening panels are available to both virtual and in-person audiences, and will include directors, stars of the films, and leaders in film and media at the festival for continued conversation.

Be sure to mark your calendar for Thursday, July 8th through Sunday, July 11th!

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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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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