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W H A T :
W H E N :
All screenings at 7:00 pm,
doors open at 6:30 pm
W H E R E :
953 Eden Park Drive, Eden Park/Mt. Adams.
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T I C K E T S :
$7 tickets are ONLY available online, by phone, at the Museum, and at the door subject to availability.
...and at these locations
($9 tix only, cash only),
click each location below for a map:
Sitwell's Coffee House
513 281 7487
Lookout Joe Coffee Roasters
513 871 8626
Shake It Music & Video
513 591 0123
513 651 5483
Tickets will also be available at the door, subject to availability.
Ask your server for the CWC Discount on these nights and receive receive a 10% food-and- beverage discount (excluding alcohol) for meals before or afterthe film.
Andy's features great Lebanese meat, chicken, fish and vegetarian specialities, including Kabobs, Shwarma, Lebanese Pizza, Baba Ghannouj, Labneh, Falafel, Hummus with Tahini, etc. Reservations suggested, call 513.281.9791. Click here for directions, menu and general info and click here for a map.
The Terrace Cafe at the Cincinnati Art Museum. CWC ticket holders attending on Wednesday film nights will receive a 10% discount (excluding alcohol); just ask your server for the CWC Discount. The restaurant fills up quickly on film nights, so reservations are recommended, call 513.639.2986. View menu here.
A smart, funny and ultimately poignant story
about world travel and the importance of friendship.
FOR EXPERIENCED TRAVELERS ... for those who have yet to see the world ... and for everyone in-between,  LAST STOP FOR PAUL offers a marvelous common thread -- the wonderful, often hilarious and at times daunting experience of traveling abroad, discovering the world and ourselves in the process.
THIS DIGITAL FILM has a terrific "live" look, capturing beautiful settings where the characters encounter real people and a variety of cultures. With comedic mishaps, near-disasters, romantic encounters and poignant moments along the way, LAST STOP FOR PAUL will appeal to all who appreciate the adventure and excitement of seeing the world, framed by an engaging and humorous story.
LAST STOP FOR PAUL is a fast-paced, well-shot adventure film that is just plain fun to watch! And, it will definitely bring back memories for those who have traveled or lived abroad and inspire those who have not.
SO GRAB YOUR BEST FRIEND, lock your senses into the sights and sounds on the big screen and see the world along with Cliff and Charlie!!!
ABOUT THE FILM
Most everyone knows someone like Neil Mandt, a world traveler who at the drop of a hat can share amazing, funny and often hair-raising exploits in foreign lands. Two things make Neil unique and important to us as moviegoers -- he is an accomplished filmmaker well versed in the ways of shooting travel documentaries; and he is a gifted story teller.
Story telling is the operative phrase here, as the film is essentially a free-form chain of vignettes that occur in different countries, linked together by the two central characters. And, a key linking device is the 'story telling,' which is literal, as Mandt's voice-over narrative sets up events, fills in the blanks and provides location transitions.
Mandt has been to 78 countries, accumulating more than a million frequent flyer miles. "LAST STOP FOR PAUL is based on real events," he says, "90% of the movie actually happened to me at one time or another." The film's construction and the melding of Mandt's disparate events into a seamless feature provides an intriguing back story, which we will explore in post-film discussion.
Cinematographer Marc Carter (who stars as Cliff) and director Mandt (starring as Charlie) traveled to twenty countries on five continents, with principal shooting in the USA, Jamaica, St. Lucia, Antigua, Panama, Brazil, Chile, Easter Island, Gambia, Senegal, Egypt, Greece, the UK, Germany, Russia, Japan, Vietnam and Thailand.
Charlie and Cliff are coworkers, salesmen in their late 20s or maybe early 30s, living in L.A. Charlie travels every chance he gets and always invites Cliff, who always declines, never venturing far from home.
This time, when Charlie proposes a trip to the famous Full Moon Party in Thailand, Cliff says "Yes" with two conditions: they take the ashes of his just-deceased friend Paul (who had been planning a global trip); and they purchase round-the-world tickets and deposit Paul's ashes across the globe as they head for Thailand.
The airfare takes most of their money, so Charlie arranges for them to pose as Frommer's Travel Guide writers so they can cadge free food and lodging. With two weeks until the full moon, they set out to visit as many places as they can, taking in the local scenes and depositing a bit of Paul's remains in each location.
Charlie and Cliff do what any two young guys on the road would do - see the sights and look for adventure, parties and romance. They meet some wacky folks, have close calls with disaster, meet interesting women, find a bit of sex and romance and a lot of beautiful scenery, party when they can and share some unbelievable adventures that change their lives forever.
Armed with a Panasonic DVX-100A digital camera and traveling light with minimal gear, director Neil Mandt and DP Marc Carter accomplished something rare on a tight budget -- a beautifully shot, artfully edited film that entertains and informs.
If while watching, you think the vignettes (mentioned above) form 'chapters,' you are not mistaken. Designed from inception to be distributed as webisodes as well as a feature release, various chapters were first released on the Internet. Director Mandt says that about 25% of the total film was released in installments on-line.
He has also suggested that his film may be the very first to make the transition from webisode to theatrical release. HEADS-UP FILM FANS -- this looks like the wave of the future, at least in terms of limited-budget, independent works.
An unidentified reviewer at the Connecticut Film Festival summed up the production elements this way:
"It's a tough call as to which is better; LAST STOP FOR PAUL the movie or the way LAST STOP FOR PAUL was made. The reviews and awards speak for themselves, but what you probably don't know is the story behind the story which is nothing short of amazing. All they had was one camera, two wireless microphones, three batteries, and a rough story outline. They traveled without a crew, a cast or having scouted one location; all of this was to be done on the fly as they made the movie.
"There weren't any casting calls along the way, just strangers picked up on the street to either act in a scene or hold the camera as Neil and Marc delivered their improvised lines. The experience of making the movie was like none other in the history of Hollywood. No cast, no crew, no script, great movie. See for yourself."
Well actually, director Neil Mandt had been to some of the places before and, some tech types and friends popped in at various locations to assist with production and supporting roles. But the production was indeed largely as the reviewer says, a free-form adventure that turned out to be a smart, funny and poignant story about world travel.
There is a fun bonus at the end: various out-takes during the credits, where Neil is teaching local cast members their lines. The clip where the Thai boatman, who speaks no English and uses a machete for punctuation, learns his lines phonetically, is a hoot!
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WITH MR. D.
Cincinnati World Cinema is pleased to present the U.S. premiere of local filmmaker Steve Maisch's short film, A CONVERSATION WITH MR. D, screening each night before the feature presentation.
A hit man makes a house call.
His quarry is away so he waits, holding the woman in the house at gunpoint.
Frightened and alone, how far will a woman go to protect her family?
But ... Things are not what they seem and secrets are revealed in the surprise ending of A Conversation with Mr. D.
Watch the trailer here.
Steve Maisch is a screen writer and Cincinnati native, living in Florence KY with his wife and three children. In addition to his work as a writer and script supervisor on independent films, he has directed several short films, of which "Conversation" is the second.
Another Steve Maisch short, Q is for Quadrunner, will screen as part of the Cincinnati Fringe Film Festival, coming soon to Over-The-Rhine.
Cast & Crew
Co-stars Brian Murray as "Mr. D", and Tiffany Arnold as "Chris", are from Cincinnati and Columbus, respectively.
On the tech side, the crew is from Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky:
Sound & Lights
Pam Valz, Brian Shcierberg, Todd Cogar, Teresa Cogar, Steve Maish, Terry Maisch-Smith and Brian Arnold.
Kevin Meeks and Steve Maisch
Pam Valz, Kevin Meeks and Steve Maisch
Written & Directed by
Filmed in Northern KY,
A CONVERSATION WITH MR. D
is a Get The Sword Studios production.
Cast & Crew, LAST STOP FOR PAUL
LAST STOP FOR PAUL has won 45 festival awards: