CET wins regional Emmy award for Cincinnati Parks documentary

CET received a Regional Emmy Award for its documentary on Cincinnati’s famous park system at the 46th annual Ohio Valley Regional Emmy Awards in July 2010. Cincinnati Parks: Emeralds in the Crown tells the story of the creation of the city’s top-notch park system, how it continues to work today, and what plans are in store for the future.

“To me the heart of the story is the legacy from citizens who acted on a vision of a public park system,” explained Cincinnati Parks Director Willie F. Carden, Jr. “Our city parks remain strong and vibrant to this day thanks to the support of the entire Cincinnati community, and we congratulate CET on winning the regional Emmy for Emeralds in the Crown.”

Those who missed the original broadcast of this award-winning documentary will have several chances to check it out on CET in the near future. The first of those opportunities will take place this evening as CET will air the documentary at 9pm. Emeralds in the Crown will once again air on CET on Friday, September 24 at 10pm; and Sunday, September 26 at 4pm.

CET officials say that the public station will air a series this fall called Cincinnati Parks Recollections that will feature segments that were edited from interviews that did not make the final cut for the one-hour documentary. Broadcast times for this series, and the documentary, are available on CET’s website.

Watch This presents King Kong on Fountain Square – 7/31

“Watch This” is a plan to watch all of the American Film Institute’s top 100 films in one year.  Creators Alex Shebar and Allison Johnson are now more than half-way through their mission.  After putting on screenings in venues ranging from the 20th Century Theatre in Oakley to individuals’ homes, they are ready to take over Fountain Square for their biggest event yet.

On Saturday, July 31 at 8:30pm, Watch This will be showing the original 1933 version of King Kong on Fountain Square’s video board located atop Macy’s.  The event is free, and it is recommended you bring a blanket or lawn chair to sit on.  The screening is coincides with Fountain Square’s weekly movie night that regularly draws large crowds to Cincinnati’s central plaza.  For some additional entertainment, come early and watch Over the Hedge, which will be playing at 7pm.

Adult beverages, soft drinks, Skyline cheese coneys, soft pretzels, nachos, candy bars, and kettle corn will be available for purchase.  You can RSVP for the event on Facebook, and follow the Watch This blog for a complete listing of screenings, and follow the #watchthis tag on Twitter for additional updates.

Free screening of Food, Inc. at Main Library – 7/20

The main branch of the Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County will be screening the award-winning and eye-opening documentary Food, Inc. on Tuesday, July 20th at 7pm. The film is second in the library’s Reel to Reel documentary series. Each of the three films to be screened includes a time for community discussion after the film.

Food, Inc. is a documentary, released in 2008, that takes a critical look at the corporate farming industry and investigates farming and food processing practices that are a direct result of increased food production due to the fast food industry. Those interested in learning more about where our food comes from and how to change their eating habits and lifestyle will benefit from watching this film.

The screening of Food, Inc. will take place Tuesday, July 20 at 7pm in the Heunefeld Tower Room of the Main Library (map).  The event is free and open to the public.  Free on-street automobile parking, bicycle parking, and Metro bus service (plan your trip) is available.

Venue 222 to show The Maltese Falcon – 7/11

Venue 222 will be hosting its second movie night on Sunday, July 11 from 6pm to 10pm. The urban event space will be showing the 1941 adaptation of The Maltese Falcon which is based on the detective novel written by Dashiell Hammett. The film was nominated for three Academy Awards and is considered to be one of the greatest films of all time.

To compliment the film, Fork Heart Knife will be preparing 1940’s style food that will include Bacon Wrapped, Manchego Stuffed Dates; Chimichurri Chicken Skewers; Peppadew Deviled Eggs; Bloody Mary Gazpacho; Blueberry Lavender Jello Mold; and Mini-Brown Butter Sugar Cookies.

The film showing will take place at Venue 222 (map) and does require reservations as space is limited. The event costs $6 per person and reservations can be made online.

Traffic revisited ten years later in Cincinnati

The last major motion picture to be filmed in Cincinnati was the 2000 box office hit Traffic which highlighted America’s relationship with drugs.  In the movie, a conservative politician from Cincinnati was appointed as U.S. Drug Czar all while his young daughter deals with a drug addiction of her own.  The wealthy politician, and his family, lived in the extraordinarily affluent Indian Hill neighborhood, and his daughter would travel into Cincinnati’s inner city to support her drug habits.

The movie focuses on the wide reach of drugs in contemporary American society and illustrates the role both wealthy and poor individuals play in the drug trade.  The movie portrayed the inner city as a place of decay where the dirty elements of the drug trade take place.

Filmmakers chose Over-the-Rhine because of its urban form and its state of decay that helped tell the story at the time the movie was filmed.  Since that time a dramatic revitalization has occurred throughout Cincinnati’s inner city that has included the renaissance taking place in Over-the-Rhine that has netted hundreds of new residents, dozens of new businesses, and plummeting crime rates.

Soapbox takes a look the locations used in Traffic ten years after the movie first entertained audiences.  The video, produced by 7/79 ltd, shows that most all of the locations have been rejuvenated over that time, and those involved with the film say that Over-the-Rhine continues to be a draw for filmmakers as it provides an affordable alternative to filming in New York while providing a similar urban form to use.

“A big part of their decision to come to Cincinnati was Over-the-Rhine.  They just fell in love with that whole area, and felt that it had a wealth of opportunities and architectural detail to offer the film,” said Deidre Costa, Location Manager for Traffic.  “I would say hands down that the biggest selling point of Cincinnati has been Over-the-Rhine.”