Just like last year, on April 19 the city of Columbus, Ohio will be in Deep Focus. Earlier this week Melissa Starker, the assistant editor of Columbus Alive!, announced this year's film line-up.
At last year's festival we discovered Brick, which turned out to be one of my personal favorite films of the year. This year, we get a full slate of great films to whet your appetite. Here is the full schedule with some event info to boot:
Opening Night Gala: Waitress
From the late actress-turned-director Adrienne Shelley comes a funny, charming fable about a small-town waitress (Keri Russell) whose joys and frustrations come out through her amazing pie-making abilities. Ohio premiere. Screening Thursday, April 19, at 7 p.m. Join us after the film for a gala party at TBD Tavern.
After the Wedding
The creative team of Susanne Bier and Anders Thomas Jensen return to the Deep Focus Film Fest with this Danish Oscar-nominated drama, in which Mads Mikkelsen (the heavy in Casino Royale) portrays an orphanage worker in India forced to return home and face his difficult past. Columbus premiere. Screening Saturday, April 21, at 5:45 p.m.
Air Guitar Nation
Words can't describe the singularly thrilling experience of Alexandra Lipsitz's hilarious yet respectful documentary, following the first American contestants to compete in the World Air Guitar Championship in Finland. Screening Friday, April 20, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, April 22, at 6 p.m. Join us after the Friday show at the Lodge Bar, when local air guitarists will face off to win an actual guitar.
Zoe Cassavetes makes her filmmaker debut with this romantic comedy in which Parker Posey's thirtysomething New Yorker starts reevaluating her romantic expectations, right about the same time a possible Mr. Right appears. Ohio premiere. Screening Saturday, April 21, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 22, at 3:15 p.m.
Dare Not Walk Alone
Jeremy Dean uses amazing, never-before-seen archival footage of racial clashes in St. Augustine, Florida, America's oldest city, to spotlight the role the town played in the passage of the Civil Rights Act and take a hard look at the legacy left behind. Ohio premiere. Screening Friday, April 20, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, April 22, at 5:30 p.m.
From Argentine filmmaker Daniel Burman comes a lighthearted look at a successful man who finds that with the responsibilities of new parenthood comes a need to grow up and develop more respect for his own father. Columbus premiere. Screening Saturday, April 21, at 8:30 p.m. Join our sister publication Fronteras after the film for a Latino dance party at Sugar Bar.