Last Day In May Party

Watch This! Fundraiser
Watch This! The Best Local Films + The Best Local Food + Drink on The Last Day in May.
Columbus Film Council Spring Fundraiser Screening
May 31st
8 pm – 11pm
Brothers Drake Meadery & Bar
25 E. 5th Ave
Columbus, Ohio

Columbus Film Council is gaining momentum for this year’s 60th Columbus International Film + Video Festival! The CIF+VF is the longest running film festival in the USA and is located right here in Columbus, Ohio. Help us make it the best event yet by attending and contributing. This is your VIP access to supporting local artists and film in Columbus!

Join the recipients of the 2011 Greater Columbus Arts Council’s Individual Fellowship for an up close and personal look at their award winning work. The evening will be an exciting look inside the filmmaking process of Columbus’ top filmmakers. Enjoy an evening with fellow film buffs at Brothers Drake Meadery & Bar, proud sponsors of the 2012 Columbus International Film + Video Festival. Hear the inside scoop on the artists’ creative process, engage in question and answer sessions. Enjoy local mead and nosh on mini black bean burgers and pasta from Mojoe Lounge, fabulous cupcakes from pattycake bakery, three tasty dips with chips from Explorers Club, burgundy mushroom perogi bites from Yogi Perogi, vegan sushi from Taste By Design, dolmas, hummus, pita, and falafel from King Gyros and pizza from Yellow Brick Pizza. And this just in- We’ll have Watershed Distillery‘s Greg Lehman on hand for pre-movie samplings of their locally crafted spirits!
Your tickets are all inclusive- that’s right, once you are in the door it is all free.

$50 (Meadite) donation level – An evening of mead from Brothers Drake, and dinner from local restaurants. And of course an evening of film from Columbus’ finest local filmmakers.
Plus a CIFVF Producer level Membership – $25 value
And free entry to our film festival party (on November 17) at the Columbus College of Art & Design- $15 value

$100 donation level (Meadmaster) – Enjoy the fabulous event and receive
Two free tour tickets to Brothers Drake Meadery to use at your leisure – $40 value
A CIFVF Director level Membership – $50 value
and free entry to our film festival party (on November 17) at the Columbus College of Art & Design- $15 value

Attendance is limited to 50! Hurry and reserve your spot!

We will email you a numbered .pdf ticket for you to print and bring to the fabulous Watch This! Last Day In May Party.

Filmmakers:
Tom Hayes will be screening a 10 minute clip from a work in progress “Two Blue Lines” , a documentary about the Israeli peace movement.
Matt Meindl will offer a sneak preview screening of his work-in-progress Don’t Break Down.
John Whitney will be screening excerpts from his award winning works “Measured Sacrifice”, “Eroded” and a few clips from his new film in progess, the Rockumentary, “Meet The Phantods”.

Tom Hayes has been making films since he was a kid. Working his way through college in the 70’s with stints on cargo ships he developed an interest in documentary production. Since then Hayes has worked on dozens of documentaries in different capacities; as cinematographer, editor, producer and director. His personal documentary interest is in creating conduits for unheard voices. Among other things, Hayes has been documenting the human and political rights situation of the Palestinian people for the past thirty years. Throughout that time he freelanced in the commercial film and televisions industries. Along the way Hayes has garnered multiple regional Emmy Awards and film festival honors. The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee created the Tom Hayes Award for Outstanding Contribution in 2002. He currently teaches in the School of Film at Ohio University.

Matt Meindl
Matt Meindl is a filmmaker and musician from Columbus, Ohio. He shoots primarily on small-gauge film formats and records his own soundtracks with twangy strings and virtual theremins. His work has screened at festivals throughout North America and Europe including the Chicago Underground Film Festival, Winnipeg’s Festival of Film + Video Art and Cucalorus Film Festival. He is the recipient of a 2011 Individual Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council and is a 2011-12 Media Artist in Residence at the Wexner Center for the Arts.

John Whitney
Originally from Dayton, John moved to Columbus to study film at The Ohio State University. For the past 20 years he has been working in production for corporate as well as agency clients, all the while never giving up in his pursuit of a career as a filmmaker. John has produced and directed films that have screened at film festivals across the country as well as the Independent Film Channel. His latest film, Eroded, recently won best film at the 2011 Harmony Ridge Film Festival and took home multiple awards at the 2011 Underneath Cincinnati Film Festival. John, with Arbor Avenue Films, is developing the feature film, “Star and the Snowman.” John lives with his wife Jennifer and son Kirk in Columbus.

Brothers Drake is proud to partner with the Columbus Film Council to promote local artists. We strive to create the most local and sustainable business we can – along with the tastiest meads! We source our raw honey, fruits and spices as close to Columbus as possible and ONLY sell in the greater Columbus area.
We care about the strength of our communities and believe that the arts are an integral part to the quality of life in our city. We appreciate your participation in this and all the CFC events!

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