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Wednesday, June 26, 2013 12:20 AM

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LIMA — The Northwest Ohio Film Foundation invites all movie lovers on a “Grand Prix Tour” in various locations in Lima from June 29 to Aug. 30 for fun, filmmakers and a good time at the movies. Proceeds go to the 2013 Northwest Ohio Independent Film Festival. Tickets are $10 per event or $10 to college students for the remainder of the series. All events start at 7 p.m. The “tour” will act as a tease of the 3rd Annual Northwest Ohio Independent Film Festival that will take place in downtown Lima from Sept. 20-21.

The 2012 Grand Prix (Outstanding Feature Film), Horror-Comedy The Selling will screen on June 29 at Milano Café, accompanied by lima-based pop band, The Hipnotix and a Q&A Actor/Writer/Stars, Gabriel Diani and Etta Devine. The film was a hit at the 2012 Festival’s midnight screening that was open to the public.

Three separate screening events of Award-Winning or favorites from past Festivals have already taken place - On April 27, the intimate drama Paradise Recovered (2011 Audience Choice, Outstanding Actress, Outstanding Screenplay) was well-received at the Meeting Place on Market, with a pre and a post-screening Q&A with Producer/Director team, Andie Redwine and Storme Wood. Award-winning short film, The Miracles on Honey Bee Hill (2012 Outstanding Actress - Short, 2012 Outstanding Screenplay), a clever mishmash of fairy-tale and equal-rights opened the festivities.

Superheroes, an HBO documentary following “Real-life Superheroes” followed at Alter Ego Comics on May 24. On June 1, NY Indie Film, Things I Don’t Understand (2012 Outstanding Actress - Feature) took place at Gilbert’s Music and Groamy’s CD’s and Tapes, complete with Q&A with the film’s director, David Spaltro. Both fundraising events created anticipation for the two-day Festival in September.

“Everyone loves movies in the summer,” beamed Executive Director Len Archibald. “There is energy in Lima that wants to celebrate that. Why not do that here with a tease of the best Independent Film-Festival in Northwest Ohio? We hope to bring about a cinematic revolution and newfound love of the art of movies right here at home.”

With the newfound success of The Selling through DVD sales and online streamings, the event promises to be one of the most anticipated lead-ups to the Sundance-inspired festival, but will not be the last. The series ends with a pair of “Movie Mixers”: July 27 at the Met, where Ohio based films The Wonderland Express and Mowing Through Misery will screen; Pretty Little Things (2012 Outstanding Original Score) will end the Grand Prix Tour on August 30 at Vino Bellissimo. Pretty Little Things will open with a set from LimaLand Comedy Troupe. All films will follow with Cast/Crew Q&A’s

Tickets are on sale now at all screening locations. Please call (419) 979-9692 for more information. Cash, check and credit accepted.


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