22nd Cleveland Film Festival Kicks Off Next Week; Lineup Set

by Eugene Hernandez

The world premiere Joan Micklin Silver's "A Fish in the Bathtub" kicks
off the 22nd Cleveland Film Festival on March 19th; the movie stars
Jerry Stiller and his Anne Meara. 80 features and docs from over 30
countries, as well as more than 100 short films round out the lineup
for the 1998 event. The new Dutch film, "Character," (an Academy
Award nominee) closes the festival on March 29th.

Another world premiere at the Cleveland festival is "Shaker Heights:
The Struggle for Integration
," a new documentary directed by Stuart
Mathis. Meanwhile, Cleveland resident Steven Szilagyi offers the U.S.
premiere of his new film, "Photographing Fairies."

The Midwest Filmmakers Conference, a three-day workshop, screening,
and discussion series, takes place March 27 - 29 and will include a
screening Bob Gosse's "Niagara, Niagara." A host of notable indies
will be on hand for the weekend participate in a wide array of
filmmaking panels, including Michael Bergmann ("Milk and Money"),
Sarah Jacobson ("Mary Jane's Not A Virgin Anymore"), Sylvia Sichel
("All Over Me"), Todd Verow ("Frisk"), Suzanne Myers (The Fuel Tour,
"Alchemy"), and Marcus Hu (Strand Releasing).

[For more information on the 1998 Cleveland Film Festival, visit
their website at: clevelandfilm.org or call 216/623-0400]