CDFF adds cat parade, craft beer and live music to film festival festivities: Valley Views

CHAGRIN FALLS, Ohio–Lights, cameras and action abound in Chagrin Falls this week as the 13th annual Chagrin Documentary Film Festival takes over the village Oct. 5-9 with 91 films from 55 countries being shown in several venues, along with special events, such as a live parade of pet cats in Riverside Park.

Each evening during the festival, the falls will be lit with color for those who merely want to stroll through the village. For a free taste of the festival, you can view a family-friendly selection of short films and trailers projected on an LED screen in Riverside Park.

St. Joan of Arc Church invites parents to stay after dropping off their kids for a morning of donuts, coffee and a selection of riveting documentary films 9 am Thursday, Oct. 7. All patrons of the festival can dine on a salad luncheon 11:30 am there and watch a selection of short films. The church is located at 496 East Washington St.

Ohio born and based filmmakers will be celebrated with a red-carpet reception 6 -7 pm Thursday, Oct. 7, at the Chagrin Falls Intermediate School Theater. It will be followed by a special screening of “The Killing of Sister Dorothy, In Her Words,” directed by Clevelanders Jack Andrew and Matthew Arehart and produced by Transition Films. The theater is located at 65 Philomethian St.

Meet the brew master 3 pm Saturday, Oct 8 and sample beer from Ohio’s first black-owned brewery at Chagrin Valley Little Theater. Chris Harris, owner of Black Frog Brewery which is included in the film being shown there, will answer questions in the theater lobby after “One Pint at a Time.” The movie is directed by Aaron Hose. CVLT is located at 40 River St.

Everyone can bring their leashed pet cats to walk the runway and get the attention they deserve 1 pm Saturday, Oct. 8 at Riverside Park, after entering them at the CDFF information booth prior to the film showing of “Cats of Malta.” Directed by Sarah Jayne Portelli, the film celebrates the island’s stray cats and the people who care for them. South Russell Mayor Bill Koons will be the master of ceremonies for the cat parade. Each participant will receive a photo op and a special prize. This event is free and open to the public.

The filmmakers will be honored 5:30 pm Saturday, Oct. 8 during the film festival awards ceremony at Chagrin Valley Little Theatre. Prize money totaling $10,000 will be presented by local media hosts Loree Vick and Rick Jackson. This event is also free and open to the public. At 9 pm you can enjoy music by Grace Sullivan in Riverside Park.

The festival closes with a 5:30 pm screening of “Son for Hope,” celebrating the life and music of trumpet virtuoso Ryan Anthony at Chagrin Valley Little Theatre. The film tells his story following his diagnosis of terminal cancer at age 42. Brass players of the Chagrin Falls Studio Orchestra will perform a live tribute to his memory.

For the complete list of films, schedules, special events, panel discussions and tickets contact or stop at Chagrin Falls Township Hall at 83 North Main Street.

Trip to IKEA and Rivers Casino: You could get lucky during the Pepper Pike-Orange Community Education and Recreation trip Friday, Nov. 4 to the IKEA store and Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh. The motorcoach leaves 9 am from the Pepper Pike Learning Center parking lot.

Travelers can shop for toys, games, gifts, holiday decor, kitchen gadgets, linens and more at IKEA store, then enjoy games of chance at Rivers Casino. Or, visit the Carnegie Science Center steps away from the casino for a nominal fee.

The trip fee is $59 for residents of the Orange School District and $69 nonresidents. Register at Contact 216-831-8601.

Patricia Simmons art exhibit: Fairmount Center for the Art is hosting a benefit exhibition with a show and sale of the artwork of the late Patricia Simmons on view through Sunday, Nov. 20. The featured works are of varied media and styles from her personal collection.

A lifelong artist, Simmons taught art for 20 years, including at Cleveland Public Schools. She received her BFA degree from Cleveland State University, and studied at Kent State University and the Cleveland Institute of Art. She died earlier this year.

Gallery hours are 11 am to 3 pm Mondays, 1-3 pm Tuesdays, 10:30 am to 4 pm Thursdays and select Saturday afternoons. A closing reception will be held 3-4 pm Sunday, Nov. 20.

Proceeds from the sale of Simmons’ work will benefit her family and the art center. Contact or 440-338-3171.

Correction: Those seniors wanting to enroll in classes for Baldwin Wallace’s Institute for Learning in Retirement-East, as reported in last week’s Valley Views, must pay a membership fee of $30. The non-member pricing is no longer offered. The classes are priced at $20 each. Contact [email protected] or 216-987-2985 for complete information.

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