Hey CLE! How has your week been? I think the spring-weather-gods are shining down on us, its so wonderful not to have to wear ten layers to get out the door in the morning. I heart SPRING in the 216, everyone seems lighter, brighter and overall more kind to one another when the weather turns from cold to mild….and then the FILM FEST rolls into town and makes everything better!!!
Have you picked up your film program and planned your Cleveland International Film Festival experience yet? I am counting the days till the excitement rolls into town. Every year, my mom comes for a visit and we binge watch a handful of films that I select for us. I try and pick a documentary, an “artsy” film, something from France and when available a light, romantic comedy.
This year I have selected a handful of good ones including one I am especially excited about…The Wolfpack. It’s a documentary about a family of six adult children who live in New York City but have no interaction with society thanks to their “alpha male” father. Instead, they learn how the world exists through thousands of movies they watch and creatively reenact at home. It really looks to be both bizarre and wonderful all rolled into one incredible movie. What movies are you excited about?
When I am headed down to Terminal Tower for a few solid hours of film fest, I have specific “must have’s” that I bring with me. I bring a stylish tote bag like the Curtin Tote designed and produced locally by Blair Ritchey. I fill it with the typical toiletries including tissues for those emotional flicks, lip balm for when the theaters are dry and a hand sanititzer for all the RTA yucky-ness. I highly advise bringing a refillable water bottle to stay hydrated and to deter you from filling up on theatre soda. I also like to bring a healthy snack such as an apple for between movie munchies. If you are feeling indulgent a Lilly’s of Tremont chocolate bar and a small can of Sofia champagne in a can is also a film fest treat.
I like to wear slip on shoes; stylish sneakers or flats work well for getting comfy during the movies. Dress in layers as sometimes the theaters are a bit chilly or a little hot…it always helps to have options.
Sometimes between movies I like to slip away to the Ritz Carlton Cleveland or a drink at their Lobby Bar on Six. They typically offer film fest drink specials and even a few movie-themed cocktails, plus you never know what actor or filmmaker you might spot hanging out between films.
Give yourself enough time to park and get in line for your movie, I like to estimate arriving almost 30-40 before my films begin. You can always meet fellow film goers, explore the festivals silent auction or shop the always-creative film gift shop.
The film fest kick off next week. If you haven’t purchased tickets remember to go online and choose a few movies before films sell out. Happy film fest everyone, I look forward to seeing you at the movies!