Like spritzing an email with cologne, blowing kisses at a movie screen is a heartfelt romantic gesture that proves fruitless in attracting movie stars. Experience unrequited love with today’s Groupon to the Columbus International Film + Video Festival, taking place November 16–19. Choose between the following options:
- For $10, you get one one-year producer-level membership (a $20 value).
- For $19, you get two one-year producer-level memberships (a $40 value).<p>
The Columbus International Film + Video Festival has made it a 59-year tradition to gather recent works from progressive and independent filmmakers and showcase them in front of eager cinephiles. Each producer-level membership transforms into a key fob that gains its holder access to all of the festival’s screenings, as well as significant discounts for its one-year duration. This year’s festival winner, Barbershop Punk, graces the silver screen on November 18 and examines the societal impact of the American Internet, featuring commentary by punk icons Henry Rollins and Ian MacKaye among other creative stars, politicians, and dancing-baby screensavers. LGBT shorts star during the opening night’s showing, and patrons can wake retinas up to international Saturday-morning cartoons, shown at 10 a.m. on Saturday, November 19. Producer-level members also receive discounted tickets to the Gateway Film Center and the Arena Grand Movie Theater until October 2012, and can fuel cinematic appetites with 15% off at Oodles Noodle & Dumpling Bar through the end of 2011.
The membership also lets holders saunter into special events from November 17 to 19, such as the Movies+Mead evening on November 19. Animation and quirky shorts entertain brains between live music, mingling, and an awards ceremony for visiting filmmakers. Brothers Drake Meadery supplies the event with its golden elixirs, as movie-goers trade sips of honey wine with bubbly swigs of Stella Artois. Migrate on a later date to the meadery itself with your membership to purchase four mead tastings for $8, snag a case for 10% off, or befriend the defrosted Vikings that roam its halls.
Columbus International Film + Video Festival
Progressive and independent filmmakers have been pushing the boundaries of the silver screen since 1950 at the Columbus International Film + Video Festival, making it one of the longest-running film festivals in the US. Among the subjects regularly questioned over the years is not only what constitutes a "film" but also what constitutes "normal" in society. The filmmaker who addresses their chosen subject best walks away with the applause of rapt audiences and the coveted Chris Award—a reference to Christopher Columbus.