Price Hill will showcase a number of regional and national films Nov. 21 at the inaugural Warsaw Ave. Film Festival
. The free event will feature a selection of documentaries on social justice as well as films made in or about Price Hill.
Kevin Burke, professor of electronic media at UC’s College-Conservatory of Music
, and Dr. Lisa Wagner Crews, assistant professor of communication and new media studies at Mount St. Joseph University
, will kick off the evening at 5 p.m. with a discussion about films and social justice.
Film screenings will begin at 6 p.m., with showings on both the first and second floors of the historic Warsaw Firehouse, 3120 Warsaw Ave.
The film lineup includes 16 shorts and webisodes, as well as two 45-minute films and three feature-length films from Dayton, L.A., Montreal, San Diego and Austin, Tex.:
• Roots in Concrete
sheds light on the unspoken lives of African-American women killed by senseless violence due to society’s misconception; created by Allison A. Waite, winner of the 2015 Princess Grace HBO Film Award
• Young Urban Perspectives
depicts the civil unrest that occurred in Cincinnati, spearheaded by the murder of Timothy Thomas in 2001; created by Lamonte Young and the Teen Arts Council, winner of the 2002 Blue Chip Award for Best Documentary
• Stop the Violence
explores causes and effects of recent violence in Cincinnati; directed by Ken Powell and Adam Steele
• Business As (un)Usual
highlights the challenges that people with developmental disabilities face; created by Katie Bachmeyer and the Starfire Council
• Women Who Yell
offers women’s responses to the negative representation of women in the media; created by Megan Hague
Tap & Screw Brewery
will provide beer and light appetizers, and the Guatemalan Chefs Collective will serve homemade tamales.
The festival will also serve as the debut of Price Hill Will
’s Story Share project
, which will feature films by young videographers from Cincinnati mentored by PHW’s Young. Movies focus on the life stories of Price Hill residents and business owners and City of Cincinnati leaders.
"Price Hill Story Share is a two-year project that was created with the intent to engage more residents and show the diversity of the community and to capture their personal experiences, visions for the future and the sharing of diverse cultures to become better inclusive as a community through media and storytelling," Young says.
The project consists of two components, Community Storytelling and Block Swap, which involved capturing residents on video with the purpose of having public screenings of the finished works. Young assisted with place-based moments and activities surrounding Block Swap, a community clean-up with residents from Lower, East and West Price Hill picking up trash on the streets and vacant lots of each neighborhood.