A casting call is being held this Saturday, May 4, for football players ages 18 to 25 to appear in the movie "Draft Day" starring Kevin Costner that will be filmed in the Cleveland area.
The casting call is being held from 10am to 1pm at the Garfield Heights High School football field located at 4900 Turney Road. The tryouts are for those who wish to be an extra in the movie, either with or without acting experience, but college football experience is required.
Those interested will register and have a photo taken, and will also be required to run drills. There will be no contact during tryouts, however participants should be prepared to run basic football drills and should wear appropriate workout gear and shoes - no helmets or shoulder pads please.
Researchers at IBM's Almaden Research Center in San Jose, Calif. used a two-ton scanning tunneling microscope to make the world's tiniest movie - "A Boy and His Atom". The researchers worked for 10 days moving 10,000 individual atoms around on a microscope surface to build the images of a boy and his interactions.
Of course it takes some serious equipment to pull off this kind of thing, but IBM's lab had the right stuff - a 2-ton scanning tunneling microscope (STM)
One of the goal's of the project is to inspire youth to study and pursue careers in science and technology, and they also believe that the work could eventually lead to breakthroughs in storage and other tech fields.
The Cleveland International Film Festival, which concluded over the weekend, had a record year. The festival drew in over 93,000 people, which was not only a record but also a nearly 10 percent increase over the previous year.
The festival, which is in its 37th year, included more than 475 screenings of feature and short films from 64 different countries.
Another successful Cleveland International Film Festival has ended. After each year I'm grateful for such a wonderful event in our city. The CIFF is always well organized, creative, cultural, entertaining, thought provoking and educational. I'm already looking forward to the 38th Cleveland International Film Festival!
The Exquisite Corpse Project was a funny film written by a group of comedians. They were formally a sketch comedy group called Old English. The writing process of this film is what makes this film so interesting and hilarious. Each writer wrote 15 pages a script. When it was the next writer's turn to add pages they were only allowed to read the previous five pages.
The film has two parts, the documentary portion that shows the writing process and then the movie portion that shows what the script actually created.
I enjoyed this film for its uniqueness. It was a creative way to write a movie and being able to watch the entire process was fun to see. The director Ben Popik was in attendance and spoke to the audience at CIFF
Little World is an inspirational film. It's focused on a 22 year old man named Albert Casals. Albert is in a wheelchair after suffering from luekemia at a young age.
Without any money or assistance he travels the world. Along his journey's people offer him food, money and places to stay. In Little World we see Albert achieve his greatest travel. With his girlfriend Anna, Albert travels from Barcelona to the farthest point from his house which is a remote lighthouse in New Zealand.
Traveling like this would be a challenge for most healthy people. Not many people would take risks like Albert does. He shows no fear and is incredibly happy and thankful. It's a reminder to be happy with what you're given and to live life to the fullest.
It's always hard to choose which films to see at the Cleveland International Film Festival. I've never been disappointed in my selections but last night I was extremely happy with the film I chose.
The title of the film is "I Do". It was written by David W. Ross and directed by Glenn Gaylord who is originally from the Youngstown area. David is also the star of the film and is attending the Cleveland Film Festival with Glenn. Both Glenn and David greeted the audience before the film and answered questions afterwards.
Every year the Cleveland Film Festival must raise money to assist the growth of the festival for the following year. Each seat sold costs the ticket holder between $12 - $14 dollars but each seat is actually costing the festival more than $30 a seat.
There are several ways you can contribute to the festival and one of them is the annual Challenge Match.
This year the Challenge Match is $100,000. Funding is provided by Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, which is funded by the residents of Cuyahoga County. Every year the festival must make this match. Please contribute to the Challenge Match if you can! You can contribute at the Challenge Match area in Tower City Cinemas.
Every year the Cleveland International Film Festival has a theme. This year the theme is "Be The Applause". Along with the theme a trailer is created. Before every film the trailer is played. This year there are several different trailers running before the films.
The trailers for this year feature Mark & Josh, two friends viewing films. I've only seen a couple so far and they are funny. If you miss them in the theater you can view at http://www.clevelandfilm.org/
In a little more than 24 hours, the 2013 Cleveland International Film Festival, which runs from April 3rd to 14th will officially kick off with its Opening Night Benefit Gala and showings of two films.
The festival, which is held annually at Tower City Cinemas in downtown Cleveland, will also feature several satellite screenings this year. These satellite screenings will be held at the Capitol Theatre (April 8th), Shaker Cinemas (April 9th), the Apollo Theatre in Oberlin (April 10th), and Cedar Lee Theatre (April 11th). For more information about these showings, visit clevelandfilm.org and select "satellite screenings" under the "festival" tab.
With over 180 feature films and over 165 short films, this year's festival is bigger and better than ever, and best of all, there's something for everyone.
Tickets are $12 for members and $14 for non-members. You can become a member to immediately be eligible for discounted tickets, and receive other members-only benefits like exclusive invitations, advanced mailings, and creating your own personal schedule, amongst others.