Amid a commercial movie climate that’s becoming more generic by the minute, the film portion of the Cincy Fringe Festival is an oasis of creativity by comparison. Cheaper production costs (like lightweight digital cameras and computer editing) and logistically conducive developments (like lightweight equipment, location sets and cheap and/or amateur actors) have made DIY filmmaking easier than ever, which should mean a stronger, more vital cinematic underground.
Now in its second year, Film Fringe might not be as “edgy” as the theater portion of the festival, but curator Chris Strobel says it’s getting closer.
Several familiar area filmmakers’ work will be on display, including “End of All Things” by Oxford Film Festival Executive Director J.C. Schroder; Ryan Lewis’ Tur-Mohel: Evil League of Evil Application; and Pizza Infinity’s Robot Love from Another World, which just screened at the Cannes Film Festival after winning “Best Film” at Cincinnati’s portion of the 2008 48 Hour Film Project.
Group A screens 8:45 p.m. Wednesday at Media Bridges and 6 p.m. Saturday the Art Academy. Group B screens 7 p.m. Saturday at the Art Academy and 8:15 p.m. Tuesday at Media Bridges.