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“Swept-Out” Screens to a Full House

Columbus showed a healthy turnout for a screening of a local documentary, Swept Out , by Mary Howard, on May 26th at the Drexel Theater.

The event, presented by the Columbus Free Press and the Festival, played to a large crowd- prompting Drexel Theater staff to move the film to a larger screen just before the lights dimmed.

“Swept Out” tells the stories of hundreds of Columbus citizens who survive outside in their cars, under highway overpasses and in tent and shanty communities near downtown. The raw, unadorned lens reveals the multi-layered difficulties present in caring for this under-the-radar community.

Earl Wurdlow

MC Earl Wurdlow, lyric oratory – perking up audiences ears before the film.

Earl Wurdlow played orator, read: master of ceremonies, for the evening and Festival Director Susan Halpern and a host of new film fest interns provided free stuff (whats an event without a raffle,right?!).

Following the screening, Mary Howard, answered audience questions, and provided an update from the field concerning the whereabouts of a few of the individuals featured in the film.

Mary Howard

Mary Howard sharing behind the scenes insight into the problem of the geography of Columbus’s homeless: “not in my back yard, but nowhere else to go”

Ken Andrews, Outreach Coordinator for the Columbus Open Shelter , was in attendance and added insight into  solutions for homeless access to shelter.

After months of tightening focus in the media on the subject of financial, psychological, and personal difficulties in the current economic climate, the affect of Swept Out relies less on our distanced compassion than on realizing “we are all a few paychecks away from being on the street,” as one homeless resident reiterates throughout the film.

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Documentary on Columbus Homeless

Join us at the Drexel Theater, Tuesday, May 26th at 7:30pm

Join us at the Drexel Theater, Tuesday, May 26th at 7:30pm

“Swept Out”

A Film By Mary Howard

— With filmmaker Q & A!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Time: 7:30pm – 9:30pm (73 minutes).
Location: Drexel East
(2254 E Main St. Bexley, OH)

The Columbus International Film + Video Festival is pleased to announce they will be re-screening Mary Howard’s “Swept Out”, on May 26, 2009 at 7:30 PM at the Drexel East, 2254 E. Main Street in Bexley, Ohio. (map)

Filmed and edited by sociology/anthropology professor Mary Howard, Ph.D., “Swept Out” takes viewers behind the scenes into several tent and shanty communities in downtown Columbus. The documentary was shot over four seasons in 2006.  The filmmaker will do Q & A after the film. The screening is sponsored by the Free Press, Drexel Theater and the Central Ohio Green Education Fund Film. Admission is free, donations accepted.

Contact: 253-2571, truth@freepress.org.

Happy New Year from the CIF+VF! (Now with Screenings!)

To kick off the New Year, check out some CIF+VF films at two different venues tonight and tomorrow.

Venue #1, New Year’s Eve:  First Night!  While you’re downtown, pop into COSI to warm up with some family films.  We’re screening our Saturday Morning Cartoons From Around the World in a continuous loop from 5pm to 11pm.  An admission button for all of First Night is $12 at the door.

Venue #2, New Year’s Day:  Join the Wild Goos Creative’s New Year’s Festival at Studio 35 for a screening of Mary Howard’s Swept Out. This moving documentary takes viewers into Columbus’s homeless communities.   Managing to be touching without being manipulative, Swept Out introduces us to fellow residents we too often overlook.  (3055 Indianola Ave., 3:00-4:30pm, open to attendees of the festival and to the public for $5 at the door)