Pulse: Local screenings

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Columbus isn't exactly lacking in venues to get your fix of national and international films.

With options ranging from the Wexner Center, Drexel Theatre, Studio 35 and the soon-to-open Grandview Theatre to the ubiquitous multiplexes, the latest indie, foreign and blockbuster movies are usually only a short trip away.

But what about catching the newest films from homegrown talent on the big screen? You've got several options, actually. Columbus' low-key but active film community boasts of a variety of ways to be seen.

One outlet, MadLab, is better known for boundary-pushing theater. The sell-out success of last year's Video Film Festival has ensured its return as an annual event at the Downtown mainstay.

Last year's program included shorts by Corey Aumiller, Dan Gerdeman and MadLab co-founder Eric Myers. Movie fans can catch a new crop of shorts and talk with the directors at this year's edition on Saturday.

Another multimedia arts group, Wild Goose Creative, jumps into local film exhibition on Friday, Nov. 13. Their North Campus space will play host to the new Columbus Moving Image Art Review.

Examples of locally made films, animations and software art, including works by Stacie Sells, Cassandra Troyan and Nikki and Matt Swift, will screen in what's promised to be the first showcase in a quarterly schedule.

If you're looking for an outlet to not only watch new local films but to also learn more about what happens before, during and after the credits, check out the Indie Club.

The national organization was founded in 1998 by Washington State native Eric Colley, a producer, director and actor who saw a need for an umbrella organization for individuals working in the film industry. Eleven years later, Indie Club has over 30,000 members worldwide and 70 local clubs - including Columbus.

Led by Max Groah and Bryan Arnold, the Columbus Indie Club meets monthly at the Gateway Theater for activities ranging from screenings of new local works to discussions on the artistic and technical sides of independent filmmaking.

New members can expect to meet anyone from producers to gaffers, but the club is open to everyone with an interest in film.

MadLab 2nd Annual Video Film Fest

8 and 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7

MadLab, Downtown

Web: madlab.net

Columbus Indie Club

6:30 p.m. every third Monday of the month

Landmark Theater, Campus

Web: www.indieclub.com

Columbus Moving Image Art Review

8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13

Wild Goose Creative, North Campus

Web: www.movingimageart.wordpress.com