On Saturday, a friend of mine came to visit me in Cleveland for one purpose; to attend the Cleveland International Film Festival.
I took her to see Short Films. I think that’s the best way to start. First of all, it’s less “risky” (you’re likely to see at least one good film) and it’s a rare opportunity to see short films. We sat down in one of the front rows of the theater, and a man and a woman sat next to us. We found out a few minutes later that they were an actor and director of one of the short films!
My friend had a great time and was completely hooked on the film festival by the end of it. (Another convert!) As we walked out, she had a great point. She told me she was so impressed with the fact that the theater was filled with ordinary people.
It’s a point worth remembering. A film festival in a place like New York or Cannes is likely full of major players in the film industry or wealthy elites. But in Cleveland, with tickets as cheap as $15 a seat, the average person can easily attend the film festival and see movies from across the globe as well as local films.
It is truly a (film) festivus for the rest of us!