Akron residents will have a chance to sample the Cleveland International Film Festival without leaving town, thanks to a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The Second Annual Day and Knight in Akron will take place March 27 at the Akron Art Museum and Akron-Summit County Public Library, in cooperation with Akron Film+Pixel.
A sampling of feature films and short subjects will be presented in the Akron Art Museum Charles and Jane Lehner Auditorium and the Akron-Summit County Public Library’s Main Auditorium.
Featured films include “Tranfusion,” which looks at the battle over the presence of Mexican food trucks in Columbus, Ohio, and centers around the immigration debate; and “Deep City: Birth of the Miami Sound.” . Also included in the lineup is “The Cooler Bandits,” a documentary about the bad decisions made by a group of African-American teens, who committed a number of robberies. Despite the fact that neither man harmed or killed anyone, the two received excessive prison sentences, prison sentences. Frankie Porter got up to 528 years, while Richard “Poochie” Roderick and Charlie Kelly each received 68 to 159 years. The film follows Roderick and Kelley, who seek release from prison after serving almost 20 years.
Also highlighted is the “Ohio Shorts Program,” a series of short films.
Here’s the schedule:
Akron Art Museum
1:30 p.m. Ohio Shorts Program 1
3:45 p.m. Ohio Shorts Program 2
6 p.m. Levitated Mass
8 p.m. Transfusion
Akron-Summit County Public Library
9:30 a.m. FilmSlam Screening
2:45 p.m. Amka and the Three Golden Rules
4:45 p.m. The Cooler Bandits
8:15 p.m. Deep City: The Birth of the Miami Sound
Parking is available at the High & Market Deck (across the street from the Akron Art Museum and directly connected to the Akron-Summit County Public Library), which is free after 6 p.m.
For more information about the event, visit http://www.clevelandfilm.org/festival/events/day-and-knight-in-akron. For tickets and other information, visit www.clevelandfilm.org or call (877) 304-3456 (FILM). Use the code AKRON for $2 off each ticket purchase.