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Cinema marches on, even as cinema screens are dark. These are films we'd have been proud to bring to the big screen in Akron. By watching them here in our virtual screening room, you can still directly benefit The Nightlight.

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The Tri-C Digital Cinema Group presents, Private Screening 2021: 19th annual showcase of new student films. Thanks to the Nightlight Cinema, the students are able to share their work virtually even as the college's beloved theater spaces remain closed due to the pandemic. In works ranging from humorous to deeply moving, these short films, created during the Covid 19-pandemic while students were attending school remotely or in small socially distant groups will serve as a marker of our collective experience during this time in our community. The theme this year is "Connected" because that is what we are determined to remain. Through our shared love of cinema and steadfast support from institutions such as Tri-C Gill and Tommy LiPuma Center for Creative Arts and the Independent Art House Cinema we know and love as The Nightlight, we are pleased to present: Tri-C Private Screening: "Connected" 19th Annual Student Exhibition. 

Show Program:
1. Holly Dolezal | What Do You Wanna Watch? | 4:30 | Two guys can't figure out what to watch

2. Ron Sonedecker | Boutique of Love: The Story of White Tree | 3:20 | Documentary short about Lindsay Shuman and her boutique in Akron, Ohio.

3. Marissa Roesch | My Body is My Home | 5:00 | A short story reflecting the strides we take to be comfortable in our bodies.

4. Davis Chu | Stand Out | 1:45 | An abstract animation about failing to conform.

5. Thailand Hodge | The Girl With the Clock | 9:50 | To make up for the absence of her overworked father, a young girl finds herself spending time with a broken clock.

6. Miguel Covarrubias | The Little Things | 2:00 | What will you remember in 20 years?

7. Colleen Hopkins | Nightmare in the Suburbs | 2:00 A not-too-scary tale where comedy and horror mingle on a Mother's Day weekend.

8. Maggie Brandewiede | Fleeting | 3:45 | A Man's day changes when he witnesses a terrible loss.

9. Martiana Lumbus | Troubled | 11:00 | James and Michael get into trouble when they steal their mom's car and sneak out of the house to go to a party.

10. Ron Sonedecker | Torn | 2:15 | A man is torn between a decision he plans to make and his memories.

11. Omar Feliciano | The Reconcile | 8:00 | After filing a dispute against his former teacher, Omar's first day of college is interrupted.

12. Marissa Roesch | Interview with The Vampire | Interview with a vampire during quarantine.

13. Marissa Roesch | Probing Doubts | 2:00 | Surrealism: A limb of the exquisite corpse.

14. Emma Grosklos | Hollow | 5:30 | Two girls mourn the death of their best friend, one unaware of the other's twisted secret.

15. Ron Sonedecker | Behind | 1:20 | A man who picked up the wrong case finds himself ALONE in a very strange room with no way out. Or is he alone? Something's not right.

16. Marissa Roesch | Drained | 6:00 | Short film about quarantine anxiety.

17. Chris Szajbert | Murmur | 3:38 | A performance artist reimagines the parlor scene from Psycho using children's toys, only to discover what her small collaborators truly think of her.

18. Chris Szajbert | Escape | 6:00 | A man contemplating suicide receives a transmission from his deceased grandfather, triggering a brief but life-altering trip through time and space.

Available  until May 13th
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Disaster strikes in a small American farm town when a teenage boy becomes the victim of a grain entrapment. As corn becomes quicksand inside of a 50-foot silo, the town locals must put aside their deeply rooted differences to save him from drowning in the grain they harvest.

Available  until May 28th

Watch the intro by The Nightlight's Stephen Colotto
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ABOUT ENDLESSNESS is a reflection on human life in all its beauty and cruelty, its splendor and banality. We wander, dreamlike, gently guided by our Scheherazade-esque narrator. Inconsequential moments take on the same significance as historical events: a couple floats over a war-torn Cologne; on the way to a birthday party, a father stops to tie his daughter’s shoelaces in the pouring rain; teenage girls dance outside a cafe; a defeated army marches to a prisoner-of-war camp. Simultaneously an ode and a lament, ABOUT ENDLESSNESS present a kaleidoscope of all that is eternally human, an infinite story of the vulnerability of existence.

Available until May 21st

Watch the intro by The Nightlight's Anthony Crislip

A poetic, gorgeously cinematic reflection of the nature of good and evil and a tragic journey of a man determined to live a decent life. By reimagining the main character as an African immigrant struggling to make a new life for himself in the big city, director-co-writer Burhan Qurbani created an audacious, neon-lit reinterpretation of Alfred Döblin's 1929 novel. After surviving his perilous journey, Francis vows to be a good man, but he soon realizes how difficult it is to be righteous while undocumented in Germany. When he receives an enticing offer for easy money from the psychopathic gangster Reinhold, Francis initially resists temptation, but eventually, he is sucked into Berlin's underworld and his life spirals out of control.

Available until May 21st

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Festival prize winner This is Not a Burial, It’s a Resurrection directed by Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese, is this year’s official Oscar submission from Lesotho, the first ever from the African nation.

When her village is threatened with forced resettlement due to reservoir construction, an 80-year-old widow (Mary Twala) finds a new will to live and ignites the spirit of resilience within her community.

Available until May 14th

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This illuminating documentary explores the life of a unique American artist, a man with a remarkable and unlikely biography. Bill Traylor was born into slavery in 1853 on a cotton plantation in rural Alabama. After the Civil War, Traylor continued to farm the land as a sharecropper until the late 1920s. Aging and alone, he moved to Montgomery and worked odd jobs in the thriving segregated black neighborhood. A decade later, in his late 80s, Traylor became homeless and started to draw and paint, both memories from plantation days and scenes of a radically changing urban culture. 

Having witnessed profound social and political change during a life spanning slavery, Reconstruction, Jim Crow segregation, and the Great Migration, Traylor devised his own visual language to translate an oral culture into something original, powerful, and culturally rooted. He made well over a thousand drawings and paintings between 1939-1942. This colorful, strikingly modernist work eventually led him to be recognized as one of America’s greatest self-taught artists and the subject of a Smithsonian retrospective.

Using historical and cultural context, Bill Traylor: Chasing Ghosts brings the spirit and mystery of Traylor’s incomparable art to life. Making dramatic and surprising use of tap dance and evocative period music, the film balances archival photographs and footage, insightful perspectives from his descendants, and Traylor’s striking drawings and paintings to reveal one of America’s most prominent artists to a wide audience. .

Available until May 14th

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Sam Ali, a young, sensitive and impulsive Syrian, left his country for Lebanon to escape the war. To be able to travel to Europe and live with the love of his life, he accepts to have his back tattooed by one of the World’s most sulfurous contemporary artist. Turning his own body into a prestigious piece of art, Sam will however come to realize that his decision might actually mean anything but freedom.

Available until May 14th

Watch the intro by The Nightlight's Anthony Crislip

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WINNER of 15 International Festival Awards including:
Golden Bear (Best Film) - Berlinale 2020
Best Film - Seattle 2021
Audience Award - Calgary 2020
Audience Award - Philadelphia 2020
Audience Award - Sao Paulo

Shot in secret and smuggled out of Iran, There is No Evil is an anthology feature comprised of four intimate stories of men who are faced with an unthinkable but simple choice - to follow orders to enforce the death penalty upon others, or not. Whatever they decide, it will directly or indirectly corrode their inner selves, their relationships, and their lives. Says director Mohammad Rasoulof: “as responsible citizens, do we have a choice when enforcing the inhumane orders of despots? As human beings, to what extent are we to be held responsible for carrying out those orders? Where does the duality of love and moral responsibility leave us?” Suspenseful, mysterious, and shot through with a sense of urgency, Rasoulof’s film is an incisive look at the moral strength and inner humanity of its protagonists.

Available  May 14th
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TWO GODS is a unique and intimate portrait of members of the African-American Muslim community. We meet Hanif, a Muslim ritual body washer and casket maker in a neighborhood filled with violence and death as he mentors 2 teenagers that feel the pull of the streets. It’s an important and revealing look at a community we don’t often see and can be a road to a greater understanding of race and religion, so desperately needed in our time.

Available May 21st

Sam Ali, a young, sensitive and impulsive Syrian, left his country for Lebanon to escape the war. To be able to travel to Europe and live with the love of his life, he accepts to have his back tattooed by one of the World’s most sulfurous contemporary artist. Turning his own body into a prestigious piece of art, Sam will however come to realize that his decision might actually mean anything but freedom.

Available  May 14th
Watch the trailer HERE