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Opening Kick-Off Luncheon

Opening Kick-Off Luncheon

September 26, 2018 12:00 pm | Duke Energy Convention Center

Lights...Camera...Action! Presenting Stories that Celebrate the Human Spirit!

The official opening event of the 2018 Over-the-Rhine International Film Festival celebrating storytelling that can change the world!

Sit down to a scrumptious lunch and get a preview of the films you will see during the festival and enjoy fabulous entertainment from our stars.

Buy a seat for yourself, or purchase a table for eight and fill it with your friends.
Want to pay by check? Simply download the Pay by Check Form, fill it out and send with your check to the address on the form.

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Opening Night - Ohio Innocence Project

Opening Night - Ohio Innocence Project

September 26, 2018 7:00 pm | SCPA - Corbett Theater
In collaboration with University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Opera

Featuring a sneak peek from Cincinnati Opera's 2019 show, Blind Injustice - based on the true stories of six exonerees who found freedom through the Ohio Innocence Project.
Tickets: $10

See the film: Conviction: The True Story of Clarence Elkins – In a small town in Ohio, a grandmother was raped and killed, and her 6-year old granddaughter raped and left for dead, after an intruder entered the grandmother’s home in the middle of the night. Clarence Elkins, the grandmother’s son-in-law and uncle of the little girl, was promptly arrested for the crime and sent to prison for life. Clarence insisted on his innocence, and never gave up hope throughout the 8-year ordeal. CONVICTION is a gripping story of justice gone wrong, and also a meditation on the role of luck in the criminal justice system. In order for Clarence Elkins family and supporters to prove his innocence, all of the stars had to align perfectly. Its a story that would be unbelievable if it weren’t true.

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The Continual Struggle: Exhibition of Work by Brian Washington 9/26-9/30

The Continual Struggle: Exhibition of Work by Brian Washington 9/26-9/30

| Erich Kunzel Center For Arts And Education | SCPA

Presented by Fifth Third Bank

Exhibition Hours:
  • Wednesday September 26 | 6pm-10pm
  • Thursday September 27 | 6pm-10pm
  • Friday September 28 | 6pm-11pm
  • Saturday September 29 | 11am-11pm
  • Sunday September 30 | 11am-6pm
Read more about Brian Washington on our Special Guests section.
Interfaith Breakfast

Interfaith Breakfast

September 27, 2018 8:00 am | Cintas Center

Let us all come together!

A coming together of universal faiths and cultures to share stories that celebrate the Human Spirit, as well as raise awareness of relevant issues facing our community.

Enjoy a delicious breakfast and meet new people who care about inclusion as much as you do. Listen to an inspiring message from our keynote speaker, Michigan State Supreme Court Justice Richard Bernstein.  You will leave with a renewed vision for what it means to be a neighbor.
Want to pay by check? Simply download the Pay by Check Form, fill it out and send with your check to the address on the form.
Tickets: $20

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Happy Lucky Hour

Happy Lucky Hour

September 27, 2018 4:30 pm | Blackbox Theatre in SCPA
Presented by
The Greater Cincinnati Chinese Chamber of Commerce
and Women in Film: Cincinnati.
Join us THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2018 in LeCube at SCPA for HAPPY LUCKY HOUR - 4:30 to 6:00 PM

Then enjoy the Midwest Premier of Happy Lucky Golden Tofu Panda Dragon Good Time Fun Fun Show
6:15 to 7:30 PM at the School for Creative and Performing Arts Corbett Theater.

Purchase combo tickets for the Happy Lucky Hour and movie OR purchase combo tickets for the Happy Lucky Hour and three films to include:
Happy Lucky Golden Tofu Panda Dragon Good Time Fun Fun Show, Thursday, 9.27 at 6:15 PM
Omotenashi, Saturday, 9.29 at 8:30 PM, SCPA Mayerson Theater
The Rider, Sunday, 9.30 at 6:30 PM, SCPA Corbett Theater

Happy Lucky Hour and Happy Lucky Golden Tofu Panda Dragon Good Time Fun Fun Show: $ 20.00
Happy Luck Hour only: $10.00
Happy Lucky Hour and ALL THREE FILMS: $ 40.00

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Wine Over the Rhine

Wine Over the Rhine

September 27, 2018 5:30 pm | Revel OTR Urban Winery
A wine tasting featuring four local wines, each paired with a special appetizer. The event will be held at Revel OTR Urban Winery. There will be four stations comprised of a locally produced wine matched with an appetizer. At each station a sommelier or wine expert will explain the characteristics of the wine at that station and the decision involved to pair it with the appetizer. After the wine tasting we will walk 4 1/2 blocks to SCPA for the screening of a film called, “Being Rachel” about a young girl’s perspective on living with developmental disabilities.
  • $40 with film (Revel wine tasting and screening of Being Rachel)
  • $30 without film (Revel wine tasting only)
  • Buy 8 tickets and get 15% off!

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Three Films in Over-the-Rhine

Three Films in Over-the-Rhine

September 27, 2018 6:30 pm | Elementz

The Over-the-Rhine Museum presents the Three Act Series “Three Films,” which will include a screening of Elementz The Spirit of Tafari, Jarrod Cann and Erick Stoll’s Good White People: A Short Film About Gentrification, and Barbara Wolf’s These Old Buildings Raised Our Many Children.

    Thursday, September 27 | Doors open at 6pm, screening begins at 6:30 pm
    Suggested donation: $10
    Chatfield College- 1544 Central Parkway 45202
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Veterans' Party

Veterans' Party

September 27, 2018 6:00 pm | Woodward Theater

A "Hollywood-Style" celebration of our community's cherished heroes!

Join us for an inspirational and heart-warming evening of fellowship with your veteran colleagues.
  • Cocktails and appetizers.
  • Keynote speaker, Jon Sanchez of Team Performance Institute and former Navy Seal.
  • A movie selected just for our veterans. TBA
  • Surprise guests!
Want to pay by check? Simply download the Pay by Check Form, fill it out and send with your check to the address on the form.
Tickets: $20

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Education Program

Education Program

| Freedom Center
The OTR Film Festival presents films specially selected to provoke critical thinking for 300 middle school students to experience people and situations that may be new to them. It's a field trip, set during the school day in a thoughtfully set environment. Along with the movies, filmmakers and special guests talk of their experience and encourage dialogue. The students are provided with notebooks, lunch and transportation.

Thanks to the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center for hosting this opportunity, to Cincinnati Public Schools for giving this opportunity to selected students and providing lunch and transportation. Thanks to our other sponsors, Clever Crazes for Kids and Interact for Health.

This event is not open to the public.
Feed the Human Spirit with Kroger

Feed the Human Spirit with Kroger

September 28, 2018 5:30 pm | SCPA Courtyard
Kroger Feed the Human Spirit with Kroger - 5:30 to 7:00 PM Feed your spirit with the company of diverse and delightful people. Feed your body with beverages and lite bites from Eli's. Then enjoy the feature film sponsored by Kroger. Charged: The Eduardo Garcia Story 7:30 PM - School for Creative and Performing Arts - Corbett Theater Charged with 2400 volts of electricity, Eduardo lost an arm, ribs, muscle mass, and nearly his life, but more important than what he lost is what he found. [Audience Award - Maui Film Festival 2017; Opening Night Film - Santa Barbara International Film Festival; Audience Award - DocFest SF Documentary Festival] Runtime: 1hour26min Feed the Human Spirit and Charged: $ 25.00

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September 28, 2018 9:30 pm | SCPA - Corbett Theater


A musical journey towards acceptance. Focusing on the issues that affect our society today.  Racism.  Sexism.  Sexuality. Classism. Bigotry. Depression.  Lending a voice to the youth who are inheriting a world they didn't create and giving us all permission to live, love and truly be "label•less".

Tickets: $10 ALL-FILM Passes and Complimentary Film Tickets not accepted at this live performance.

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Fit Fest!

Fit Fest!

September 29, 2018 9:00 am | Washington Park

Fitness for All

Drop in anytime for classes and experiences that accommodate all abilities!

Free to the Public - 9am to 1pm

Click here to download the FULL SCHEDULE!
Global Village

Global Village

September 29, 2018 11:00 am | Washington Park
The 2018 Over-the-Rhine International Film Festival presents a Global Village with the sole purpose of creating a welcoming environment for cultural exchange. Relax in the international beer and wine garden on 12th Street and savor world music performed by area deejays. The Global Village includes area OTR businesses that will host “pre and post” movie receptions as well as conversations that will feature festival filmmakers and Talent. Finally, Washington Park will host our sponsor tents that will also present various consumer activations.
Hours: Friday 6 ~ 10 pm, Saturday 11 am ~ 11 pm, Sunday 11 am ~ 7 pm

Global Village Scavenger Hunt

The OTR Global Village Scavenger Hunt is a way to connect filmgoers with the international community that is Over-the-Rhine. Anyone can participate! Scavenger hunt clues will be posted on our FB and Instagram pages starting on September 26, 2018. Click here to play!
Creative Growth Art Center and Art21

Creative Growth Art Center and Art21

September 29, 2018 1:00 pm | Contemporary Arts Center
Free to the Public! A screening of the new season PBS Art in the  Twenty-First Century -- Art21 -- episode San Francisco Bay Area.  This episode focuses on Creative Growth Art Center in Oakland.  Special Guest, Tom di Maria, Director of Creative Growth Art Center, will present and be on hand for discussion.

You will also experience digital examples of the work of Creative Growth Artists -- a unique opportunity to be inspired.
Napa vs. Sonoma Uncorked

Napa vs. Sonoma Uncorked

September 29, 2018 4:30 pm | SCPA Courtyard
presented by Napa Cellars and Folie a Deux Sonoma
Napa Cellars Chardonnay vs Folie a Deux Chardonnay Napa Cellars Pinot Noir vs Folie a Deux Pinot Noir Napa Cellars Cabernet vs Folie a Deux Cabernet Join us before the screening of "I've Gotta Be Me" for a wine tasting led by Level III Advanced Sommelier Mary Horn featuring the face-off between Napa and Sonoma Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Cabernet. Decide for yourself which is one is the winner while learning about what's unique to each valley! Tickets: $25 for Wine Tasting or $35 for both Wine Tasting and screening of Sammy Davis, Jr.: I've Gotta Be Me at 6:00 p.m. Proceeds support The Over-The-Rhine International Film Festival and The Cincinnati International Wine Festival's 35 beneficiaries.

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Rat Pack Bash: A Tribute to Sammy Davis, Jr. & Awards Ceremony

Rat Pack Bash: A Tribute to Sammy Davis, Jr. & Awards Ceremony

September 29, 2018 6:00 pm | SCPA - Corbett Theater
Film at the School for Creative and Performing Arts - Party following film at Music Hall Ballroom
Start the evening viewing the inspirational documentary on the life of Sammy Davis, Jr. After the film, the writer of the film, Laurence Maslon, will talk about Sammy's life and his impact on American culture. Then, stay seated for the exciting announcement of the OTR International Film Festival Awards.
After the film, stroll across beautiful Washington Park to Music Hall Ballroom and enter the magic world of the "1960's Copa Room at the Sands Hotel" and dance the night away to the sounds of the Cincinnati Sinatra, national acclaimed Rat Pack Entertainment Group, featuring Sammy Davis, Jr.!
Drinks and lots of eats and sweets.
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