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Akron Film+Pixel offering new series in 2013

1/10/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Kathleen Folkerth

Akron Film+Pixel officials said audiences are responding to the organization’s programs, such as independent film screenings, as shown above.
Photo courtesy of Akron Film+Pixel
DOWNTOWN AKRON — Akron Film+Pixel wants movie buffs to have a local place to see contemporary, arthouse films.

“We do a classic series, but we felt there was a huge gap in Akron for newer films being shown,” said Executive Director Steve Felix, a Highland Square resident. “It’s the time of year when Top 10 lists from critics are coming out, and most of them won’t play here.”

To fill the need, Akron Film+Pixel has begun its Contemporary Film Series. The first event Dec. 27 drew a nice crowd for a screening of “Tabu,” a Portuguese film, Felix said.

“It went really well,” he said. “People gave it a really warm reception. It was heartening.”

Next up is “Neighboring Sounds,” which will be shown Jan. 24 at the Akron Art Museum, 1 S. High St., at 6:30 p.m.

The screenings are being offered free of charge, thanks to grant funding from the GAR Foundation and Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation, Felix said.

The short-term plan is for the series to take place about once a month, but the group would eventually like to have a place to show contemporary films regularly, Felix said.

Also new for 2013 is a lecture series at The University of Akron’s Folk Hall, 150 E. Exchange St. Planned for Feb. 5 at 8 p.m. is a discussion led by Akron Film+Pixel curator Tim Peyton and member Jacob Trombetta on the book “Post Cinematic Affect” by Steven Shaviro, which explores the effects of digital technology and economic globalization on movies.

The group is also continuing its Film Club, a classic film series. The next event will be Jan. 31 at 6:30 p.m. at the Akron-Summit County Main Library Auditorium, 60 S. High St., for a showing of Jean Renoir’s social satire “The Rules of the Game.”

“We show a film from the canon, something everyone should have seen already, and have a discussion about it,” Felix said of the free screenings. “We try to offer a social element and go deeper into the film.”

Also this year, Akron Film+Pixel’s annual festival will return. The event was not held last year, but Felix said the two-day event will take place in October.

Other upcoming events include the screening of another film in the Contemporary Film Series, Feb. 14 at 6:30 p.m. at the Akron Art Museum, and the Film Club screening of 90-year-old documentary “Nanook of the North,” Feb. 22 at 8 p.m. at Summit Artspace, 140 E. Market St.

Support from the community for Akron Film+Pixel has been encouraging, Felix added.

“We have a core group that is very good to us,” he said. “We’re still trying to get further into the suburbs. Downtown, both businesses and residents are very loyal.”

Additional information on events can be found at www.akronfilm.com.

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