For the second year, FilmDayton will be honoring some of the talented folks who have made important contributions to the arts community through the years. The awards will be presented at the the 5th Annual Eichelberger FilmDayton Festival slated for Aug. 23-25.
Sadly, two of those being honored at 8 p.m. on Sunday evening, Aug. 25, will be honored posthumously.
The recipients were announced earlier this week at a FilmDayton preview reception. Jud Yalkut, who made video art and taught at both Wright State University and Sinclair Community College, died recently and is being given the Innovation award for a lifetime of innovation and creativity in film-making. Andy Copp, an educator and independent filmmaker who was part of the Dayton Access Television family and had his own production company, will receive the Filmmaker Award, a career award for excellent in film-making. He died in January.
The Key Award will be given to the Levin Family Foundation for special service to the regional film community. The Levins have supported film-making in the region for decades through their theaters and have recently been involved in underwriting “Take Us Home,” a documentary depicting the challenges faced by Ethiopian Jews who hope to go to Israel.
Ohio Arts Council Seeks Listings
The Ohio Arts Council is in the process of assembling its 2014 Ohio Arts Festivals and Competitions Directory and is inviting Ohio festivals and competitions that feature arts and crafts to submit their listings.
The directory is designed as a guide for artists who are interested in locating places to display and sell their work and for anyone interested in attending arts events in Ohio.
Organizers and promoters can download a form from the OAC’s web site: http://www.oac.state.oh.us/ The deadline for entry is September 27, 2013.
Warhol Grave Available through EarthCam
If the current Andy Warhol exhibit at the Dayton Art Institute has sparked your interest in the pop culture artist, you might like to visit his gravesite.
It’s now possible through the magic of EarthCam, the Andy Warhol Museum and St. John Chrysostom Byzantine Catholic Church.
According to the museum, hundreds of devotees make the pilgrimage yearly to Warhol’s resting place and often leave mementos including Campbell’s Soup cans and Coca-Cola bottles.
Sound interesting? See www.warhol.org/figment
“The Butler” will premiere at Wexner
The Wexner Center for the Arts will host the Columbus premiere of Lee Daniels’ “The Butler,” the latest film from the Academy Award-nominated director of “Precious,” at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 14, at AMC Easton, 275 Easton Town Center.
The film will be introduced by Pulitzer Prize-nominated Washington Post journalist and Columbus native Wil Haygood, who wrote the 2008 Post profile of Eugene Allen, the black butler who served eight presidential administrations in the White House, and whose life inspired the film.
Tickets to the movie, which stars Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey, are $200, and include a private reception with Haygood, Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman, Wexner Center Director Sherri Geldin and Wexner Center Foundation Trustees. Tickets are on sale now at tickets.wexarts.org.
Dayton Ballet School to Hold Open House/Registration
Did you know the Dayton Ballet School was one of the first dance schools in the country? The school will hold its Fall Open House and Registration from 1-4 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 25 at the Downtown Dayton Studio on the 4th floor of the Victoria Theatre at 140 N. Main St., and from 2-4 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 26 at SSK South Studio, 894 S. Main St. in Centerville.
Refreshments will be served and there will be a performance by members of Dayton Ballet II’s Junior and Senior companies, the pre-professional ballet companies. Fall classes begin Sept. 4 for students age 3 and up and include Creative Movement, Pre-Ballet, Ballet, Pointe, Lyrical Jazz and Tap. Adult Ballet, Tap and Zumba classes are also available. For additional information and class schedule, please contact Ballet School Administrator Carol Jean Heller at (937) 223-1542 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Locally Produced Zombie Western To Screen in Hamilton
The undead will strike the Fitton Center for Creative Arts in Hamilton at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 20, when the Mad Anthony Theatre Company sponsors the film, “Revelation Trail.”
Director John Gibson used people from the Cincinnati area to bring his Western Horror story to life and roughly one-third of the production budget came from fans that contributed via the crowd-funding site, Kickstarter.
Tickets for the one-night event are $10 and can be reserved by calling (513) 863-8873, ext. 110. The Fitton Center for Creative Arts is located at 101 S. Monument Ave. on the Riverfront in Downtown Hamilton.
Dayton Playhouse Looking for directors
Those interested in directing a play for The Dayton Playhouse 2014-15 season are asked to submit up to five plays or musicals which they would be interested in directing.
To participate, visit http://www.thedaytonplayhouse.com/index.php/directors-submissions. Directors will be asked to complete a brief online form and attach a resume. Submissions will be reviewed and considered by the Dayton Playhouse Artistic Committee.
Submissions will be accepted until Dec. 1. For additional information, please call (937) 424-8477, or email email@example.com.
CELEBRATING LOCAL ARTS
Every week, arts writer Meredith Moss highlights some of the accomplishments of arts groups and arts leaders throughout our region as well as arts-related news items. If you have news, send to Meredith: MMoss@coxohio.com Please include a daytime phone number.