Thu 8/10 @ 6PM-midnight
Fri 8/11 @ 2PM-midnight
Sat 8/12 @ 10AM-midnight
Sun 8/13 @ 11AM-8PM
One of the least-heralded but most deserving film festivals (considering its scope) is the Indie Gathering, an annual DIY movie expo and convention taking place at the Clarion Inn and conference Center in Hudson.
With worldwide as well as Ohio attendance, the Indie Gathering celebrates “microcinema” — shorts and features done by independent filmmakers, commonly working in digital, way outside the studio system. Here are documentaries, cartoons, TV episodes, scripted narratives, hailing from Eastern Europe to India to, well…Cleveland.
Locally made features showcased this year include In Production, a comedy about the rigors of shooting a movie in Cleveland; Prism, an ensemble drama about dysfunctional families (represented cinematically in different colors); a drama of distress and redemption called Lux in Tenebris (some partially in Cleveland, partially in Belgrade) and Cleveland Growing Strong, a nonfiction feature about urban gardeners in town.
Also expect special program blocks devoted to shorts, NYC-made movies, and an entire “United Latino Film Festival” in two rooms as a sub-component. An outdoor drive-in night (weather permitting) showcases horror and science fiction. Panel discussions, contests, network parties and vendors also help attendees get up close to indie-film culture.
Tickets are $15 at the door through Fri 8/11, $25 on Sat 8/12 and $20 Sun 8/13. Attending an individual film screening is only $7 ($5 for a humble short subject).