PENS TO PICTURES

First Viewing: 6:30 PM, September 19, 2017

Pens to Pictures is a filmmaking collaborative that teaches and empowers incarcerated women to make their own short films, from script to screen. During its inaugural year in 2016, five films were made in partnership between women in Dayton Correctional Institution (DCI) and the Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Pennsylvania artist communities.

Schedule of Events:

6:30 PM: Welcome from Margaux Cowden and M. Geneva Murray

6:35 PM: Short Introduction by Chinonye Chukwu

6:45: Screening (5 short films)

Q&A to follow the screening. Founder, Chinonye Chukwu, and two of the inaugural participants (Jamie Ochs and Beverly Fears) will speak with the audience following these film shorts. Please note that some of the shorts include scenes of drug use and sexual assault.

Guest Speaker Bios:

Chinonye Chukwu is a filmmaker, educator and social justice advocate. She is the founder of Pens to Pictures, a filmmaking collaborative that teaches and empowers incarcerated women to make their own short films, from script to screen. Chinonye is also Assistant Professor of Motion Pictures at Wright State University, where she teaches courses in screenwriting and directing in the Department of Theatre, Dance and Motion Pictures. She is a recipient of the prestigious Princess Grace Award and Princeton Hodder Fellowship. Her debut feature film, “AlaskaLand,” has been selected to screen globally, including the Chicago International Film Festival and the New York African Festival at Lincoln Center. The film has been released on several digital and VOD platforms. Her short film, “A Long Walk”, is a short adaptation of the anthologized story, “A Walk Through the Neighborhood”, and is partially funded by a $27,000 Special Projects Grant from the Princess Grace Foundation-USA. The film won a Special Jury prize at the USA Festival and “Best Short Film” at the Dayton LGBT Film Festival. It has also screened at several Academy Award Qualifying festivals, including: the Cleveland International Film Festival, Florida Film Festival, Athens International Film and Video Festival and the Rhode Island International Film Festival. Chinonye is currently in development for her next feature film, in which she wrote and will direct, called “Clemency.” This script is a 2017 Athena List winner for best feature script featuring a female protagonist.

Jamie Ochs is a survivor of adversities. She has taken what might have been a negative experience and turned it into positive action and activism. A runaway at 12 years old, she married at 16 and became a mother of 3 at 20 years old. After serving a ten year sentence, she is now finishing up an Associate’s degree of technical study and working towards her Bachelor’s degree in computer science. Jamie plans to pursue her Master’s degree in biomedical engineering at Wright State University. The support and networks she created through Pens to Pictures has been profound and she strives to be a powerful, positive influence on women who share similar experiences.

 

Beverly Fears is a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, with a passion for telling stories in front of and behind the camera.  She participated in the inaugural year of Pens to Pictures with a short film that she wrote and directed, The Devastating Game, which tells the story of a young woman who overcomes incest and sexual abuse.  Through her experience in the Pens to Pictures program, Beverly has been ignited to pursue her lifetime desire to become an actor.  She is currently taking the steps necessary to make this dream come true.  She is eager to participate in future Pens to Pictures courses, dedicated to educating people of what an inmate looks like: a reflection in the mirror.  Beverly has learned that, “regardless of the hell one can go through, just make sure you look like heaven afterwards.”

 

Pens to Pictures is presented in partnership by Cutler Scholars and the Women’s Center, with co-sponsorship from the Multicultural Center, Making and Breaking the Law, the Center for Law, Justice, & Culture, the LGBT Center, the Black Student Cultural Programming Board, Ohio University Film, Ebony Minds, the Diversity Studies Certificate, Honors Tutorial College, and the Multicultural Faculty-in-Residence, amongst others.

 

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First Year Screenings

First Viewing: 7:00 PM, September 16, 2017

First year students in the Film Division go through“boot camp.” They all take a prescribed series of classes in production, sound, editing, acting, directing, screenwriting, producing, and film studies. During this intensive foundation-building year, they are also compiling a creative portfolio under fairly strict guidelines that includes two 16mm narrative films and a high-def observational documentary.

 The Ohio University Film Divison fosters an educational environment of creativity, diversity, and excellence. Our students are passionate and disciplined; their styles are eclectic. The only Ohio filmmaking formula is the convergence of technical expertise and skilled visual storytelling. Within this rigorous setting, our students examine and develop motion pictures as an art form, educational tool, and vehicle for social change.

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Parents Weekend: MONTY PYTHON & THE HOLY GRAIL SING-A-LONG

First Viewing: 7:00 PM, September 15, 2017

Watch Trailer Director: Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones
Cast: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle

Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries, but we don’t discriminate at the Athena! Bring your folks to Camelot for Parents Weekend when the Athena shows Monty Python & The Holy Grail, complete with singalong captioning during the Knights of the Round Table scene… if you don’t know the words already.

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Running Time: 92 minutes92 MIN
PG Rated
This Film is Wheelchair Accessible

Upcoming Show Times:

Friday 09/157:00
Saturday 09/167:00

The material is superb, Neil Innes' music is tremendous and Gilliam's animations are timelessly brilliant.

Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
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Dads Weekend: TOMMY BOY

First Viewing: 7:00 PM, November 3, 2017

Watch Trailer Director: Peter Segal
Cast: Chris Farley, David Spade, Brian Dennehy

This 1995 classic might be most remembered for assembling one of the funniest on-screen comedy duos of all time, but it is also a heartwarming story about a lovable kid from Sandusky trying to make his father proud. Big Toms and Tommys alike will be rolling in the aisles when we bring the car-crashing, cowtipping, and coat-ripping hilarity to the big screen for one weekend only!

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Running Time: 97 minutes97 MIN
PG-13 Rated
This Film is Wheelchair Accessible

Upcoming Show Times:

Friday 11/037:00
Saturday 11/047:00

Tommy Boy is a good belly laugh of a movie.

Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
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Second Year Screenings

First Viewing: 7:00 PM, October 14, 2017

In their second year of the MFA Film program, students make short film projects that focus on their emerging areas of interest and specialization. From idea to script to production to post-production, these films develop over the course of a year until they are premiered at the Athena Cinema.

The Ohio University Film Divison fosters an educational environment of creativity, diversity, and excellence. Our students are passionate and disciplined; their styles are eclectic. The only Ohio filmmaking formula is the convergence of technical expertise and skilled visual storytelling. Within this rigorous setting, our students examine and develop motion pictures as an art form, educational tool, and vehicle for social change.

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Masters Mix Tape: MONTEREY POP

First Viewing: 7:00 PM, September 10, 2017

Watch Trailer Director: D.A. Pennebaker
Cast: Otis Redding, Jimi Hendrix, Ravi Shankar

In June 1967, the first Monterey International Pop Festival ushered in a new era of rock and roll and catapulted the careers of some of the greatest rock stars of all time. Directed by documentary extraordinaire D.A. Pennebaker (Dont Look Back, The War Room), this 50th anniversary re-release captures some of the most iconic sights and sounds in rock and roll. Deservedly remastered in 4K for an even more vivid retelling of music history.   

Feat. Scott McKenzie • The Mamas & The Papas • Canned Heat • Simon & Garfunkel • Hugh Masekela Jefferson Airplane • Big Brother and the Holding Company • Eric Burdon & The Animals • The Who • Country Joe and the Fish • Otis Redding • The Jimi Hendrix Experience • Ravi Shankar

Jackie O’s Beer Will Be Available for Purchase at these screenings.

BIG SCREEN. BIG SOUND. NOT ON NETFLIX.

MASTERS OF FILM DIRECTION AND GROUNDBREAKING MUSICIANS TOGETHER FOR THE GREATEST MUSIC DOCS OF ALL TIME.

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Running Time: 78 minutes78 MIN
Not Rated
This Film is Wheelchair Accessible

Upcoming Show Times:

Sunday 09/107:00
Monday 09/117:00

With his characteristic vérité style, D. A. Pennebaker captured it all, immortalizing moments that have become legend: Pete Townshend destroying his guitar, Jimi Hendrix burning his.

Janus Films
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Masters Mix Tape: GIMME SHELTER

First Viewing: 7:00 PM, September 17, 2017

Watch Trailer Director: David Maysles, Albert Maysles
Cast: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Mick Taylor

On December 6, 1969, just four months after Woodstock defined the Love Generation, a free Rolling Stones concert at Altamont Speedway turned love into fear. Revolutionary documentarians David and Albert Maysles (Grey Gardens) were filming when a rowdy audience of 300,000 people clashed with the Hell’s Angels, then hired as low-cost security, resulting in a fatal stabbing and utter pandemonium. This landmark documentary, received as both essential and highly controversial, captured the night that changed everything.

Feat. The Rolling Stones • Ike & Tina Turner • Jefferson Airplane • The Flying Burrito Brothers

BIG SCREEN. BIG SOUND. NOT ON NETFLIX.

MASTERS OF FILM DIRECTION AND GROUNDBREAKING MUSICIANS TOGETHER FOR THE GREATEST MUSIC DOCS OF ALL TIME.

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Running Time: 95 minutes95 MIN
R Rated
This Film is Wheelchair Accessible

This is a seminal rock doc, and the actual music is only a small part of the magic.

Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
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Masters Mix Tape: THE LAST WALTZ

First Viewing: 7:00 PM, September 24, 2017

Watch Trailer Director: Martin Scorsese
Cast: Robbie Robertson, Muddy Waters, Neil Young

Considered by the Chicago Tribune, Rolling Stone, and many other major outlets as the single greatest rock concert film of all time, Martin Scorsese’s The Last Waltz is a musical goodbye. The documentary catches and preserves The Band’s final concert on Thanksgiving 1976 in San Francisco as they say farewell to their fans with the help of more than a few very special guests.

Feat. The Band • Eric Clapton • Neil Diamond • Bob Dylan • Joni Mitchell • Neil Young • Emmylou Harris • Van Morrison • The Staples • Dr. John Muddy Waters • Paul Butterfield • Ronnie Hawkins • Ringo Starr • Ron Wood

BIG SCREEN. BIG SOUND. NOT ON NETFLIX.

MASTERS OF FILM DIRECTION AND GROUNDBREAKING MUSICIANS TOGETHER FOR THE GREATEST MUSIC DOCS OF ALL TIME.

 

 

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Running Time: 117 minutes117 MIN
PG Rated
This Film is Wheelchair Accessible

Upcoming Show Times:

Sunday 09/247:00
Monday 09/257:00

The greatest rock concert movie ever made -- and maybe the best rock movie, period.

Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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Masters Mix Tape: THE DECLINE OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION

First Viewing: 7:00 PM, October 1, 2017

Watch Trailer Director: Penelope Spheeris
Cast: Alice Bag Band, Alice Bag, Claude Bessey

“See it in a theater… where you can’t get hurt,” The Decline of Western Civilization provides a no-holds barred look at the underground punk scene in the late 70s/early 80s. After its midnight release in 1981, the LAPD Chief of Police wrote a letter to director Penelope Spheeris, (who went on to direct two sequels as well as the cult classic Wayne’s World), demanding that she never show the film in Los Angeles again. She did not obey his request.

Feat. Alice Bag Band • Black Flag • Circle Jerks • Catholic Discipline • Fear • Germs • X

BIG SCREEN. BIG SOUND. NOT ON NETFLIX.

MASTERS OF FILM DIRECTION AND GROUNDBREAKING MUSICIANS TOGETHER FOR THE GREATEST MUSIC DOCS OF ALL TIME

 

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Running Time: 100 minutes100 MIN
R Rated
This Film is Wheelchair Accessible

Upcoming Show Times:

Sunday 10/017:00
Monday 10/027:00

A bracing, stimulating and technically superb close-up look at the LA punk scene, pic is pitched at a perfect distance to allow for simultaneous engagement in the music and spectacle, and for rueful contemplation of what it all might mean.

Variety Staff
Variety
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Masters Mix Tape: BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB

First Viewing: 7:00 PM, October 8, 2017

Watch Trailer Director: Wim Wenders
Cast: Compay Segundo, Ibrahim Ferrer, Rubén González

Celebrated director Wim Wenders travels through the beautiful tropic of Cuba with guitarist Ry Cooder and his son, Joachim to gather the country’s finest but sadly forgotten aging musicians to band together and create the ultimate album. The culmination is a once-in-a-lifetime performance unlike anything seen or heard before in this Oscar nominated documentary.

Feat. Buena Vista Social Club

BIG SCREEN. BIG SOUND. NOT ON NETFLIX.

MASTERS OF FILM DIRECTION AND GROUNDBREAKING MUSICIANS TOGETHER FOR THE GREATEST MUSIC DOCS OF ALL TIME.

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Running Time: 105 minutes105 MIN
G Rated
This Film is Wheelchair Accessible

Upcoming Show Times:

Sunday 10/087:00
Monday 10/097:00

Infectious, intoxicating joy is the emotion conveyed in every frame of this ravishing, exuberant documentary.

Hal Hinson
New Times (L.A.)
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