Today brings “Day and Knight in Akron” presentations by the Cleveland International Film Festival to the Akron-Summit County Public Library and the Akron Art Museum. The title refers to the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, whose grant helps make the event possible.
Showings in the museum include two selections of short films at 1:30 and 3:45 p.m., then the documentaries Levitated Mass and Transfusion at 6 and 8 p.m. respectively. The library will host Amka and the Three Golden Rules (2:45 p.m.), The Cooler Bandits (4:45 p.m.), and a combination of the short film Who Shot Rock & Roll: The Film and Deep City: The Birth of the Miami Sound (8:15 p.m.).
The Cooler Bandits tells the story of four men who became known for their ’90s robberies of local restaurants and their placing the staff in walk-in coolers; it shows their early lives, their crimes and what has happened since they were caught and imprisoned. A panel discussion will follow the screening.
Levitated Mass focuses on artist Michael Heizer’s 40-year effort to make a massive sculpture including a 340-ton boulder. Transfusion offers an up-close look at the battles over taco trucks in Columbus, which in turn brings up issues of immigration and race. Amka is a drama about a Mongolian boy and responsibility; it is in Mongolian with subtitles. Who Shot Rock & Roll, inspired by the exhibit of the same name that was shown at the Akron Art Museum in 2010, examines photographers and rock music. Deep City explores a legendary soul-music label in the ’60s.
For tickets to these and other Cleveland festival events, see www.clevelandfilm.org, call 1-877-304-FILM or visit the Film Festival Box Office in the lobby of Tower City Cinemas.
— Rich Heldenfels
Beacon Journal pop culture writer