2018 Over-The-Rhine International Film Festival Team Announced and Receives A Million-Dollar Challenge Grant
Formerly the ReelAbilities Film Festival, Greater Cincinnati’s Largest Film Festival Works to Celebrate Diversity, Disability, and Difference on Screen and Behind-The-Scenes
Cincinnati, OH — LADD (Living Arrangements for the Developmentally Disabled) announces today an exciting line up of staff and contractors positioned to expand Greater Cincinnati’s largest film festival. Formerly the ReelAbilities Film Festival, which has attracted over 10,000 attendees to the Greater Cincinnati region, the newly rebranded event will continue the spirit of celebrating disability as well as expand its reach to include such themes as Freedom, Diversity, Identity, and Faith. The mission for the 2018 Over-the-Rhine International Film Festival is to celebrate and embrace Diversity, Disability, and Difference. The festival administrative and management team for this year’s event has been curated by LADD to shine a spotlight on the cultural richness of Cincinnati as well as take the event to new heights.
“With the incredible team assembled for the 2018 Over-the-Rhine International Film Festival, we are positioning this event to become another meaningful asset for the city. We are also excited to be an impactful part of the many efforts that are building a more welcoming and diverse community,” states Jack Geiger, Managing Director.
Taking place September 26-30, 2018 in Cincinnati, Ohio, the 2018 Over-the-Rhine International Film Festival will showcase over 35 feature length and short films by Hollywood and independent filmmakers from around the world. To date, nearly 100 films have been submitted from around the world for the 2018 event. The film festival will also be complemented with a community celebration, incorporating new components, as well as featuring businesses and restaurants in the Over-the-Rhine footprint. The new team assembled to produce this year’s event comes from numerous backgrounds and experiences including business, entertainment, and non-profit. The overarching goal for this year’s team is to ultimately create a film festival experience that works to entertain and expose festival goers to a unique cinematic experience as well as empower and enlighten them to celebrate and embrace the beauty of diversity that lives within Greater Cincinnati and beyond.
Additionally, Jeff and Susan Harris, long-time financial supporters of the film festival, announced a generous million-dollar challenge grant to assist in expanding the reach of the event. As a five-year commitment, for every .75 cents raised, LADD and the film festival will receive .25 cents.
The 2018 Over-the-Rhine International Film Festival Event Chairs are: Kitty Rosenthal, Former Cincinnati USA Regional Commerce Executive Director, Arlene Koth, Vice President of Administration and Human Resources at TriVersity Construction Group, Jon Sanchez, Former Navy Seal, and Scott Van Nice of P&G. Kim Vincent and Jenny McCloy are also returning from chairing the film festival in 2017 as Chairs Emeritus. The 2018 Honorary Chairs include: Mayor John Cranley and Cincinnati Reds’ Teddy Kremer.
For more information and updates on the 2018 Over-the-Rhine International Film Festival, visit www.otrfilmfest.org.
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