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that’s a wrap

And so, it is the last day of the 36th Annual Cleveland International Film Festival! I hope you were all carried away as much as I was by the fabulous collection of films. Tonight is the Closing Night party and the announcement of the awards and I’m excited to see which films won, as I know I voted quite a few “Excellent.”

This morning was the volunteer Thank You breakfast and movie, which was the 17th film I saw at the festival. Oh yes, I was quite the busy little filmgoer this year (thanks to that all access pass). Considering I only watched movies on the weekends, it comes out to about 2.8 films a day. So! Let’s break it down, shall we?
Total Films: 17
Shorts Programs: 2
Narratives: 4
Documentaries: 11
I went a bit doc crazy this year. In fact, I saw one film last Saturday I loved so much and knew Papa G. would love, too, that the next day when he and I went together I went and saw it again. Also, of the 4 narratives (fictional) films I saw, two were for volunteer purposes: there was the one I had to screen last Friday and the one today. I just really, really, really love documentaries.
Right, so, Thursday night was the BGSU Alumni Event at Tower 230. There was only about 8 of us and while I didn’t know a single person, everyone was super friendly and we were all fairly close in age (1998 graduates through 2006), so it was fun to reminisce about the college and town. The alumni coordinator who was there met Sissy a few months ago at an event she attended and actually recognized my last name and asked if we were related. I told Sissy we should go back for an alumni tour as it’s been quite a few years since either of us was back. Following that, I went and saw two documentaries and didn’t get home until about 11:45pm.
Friday morning I was up at 6am to do my Couch to 5k routine then I had to volunteer 8:15am – 11:45 am. After that I was done I went home to catch up on sleep. That night I skipped the independent films and, instead, went to see The Hunger Games with my friends Lisa and Lauren. We saw it at The Capitol and, if you are familiar with the books, you’ll understand why it was a very fitting choice.
Yesterday was my Day o’ Docs with my friend Staci. We saw four films, taking a break for a late lunch at the Flaming Ice Cube downtown. There really is nothing more fabulous than going to a restaurant and knowing that you can order anything you want off the menu (at the same time, though, it’s a little overwhelming! I’m so used to only having a handful of veg friendly options). On Saturdays I usually like getting take out for lunch after my yoga class and think this might become a new favorite.
The end of another CIFF is always bittersweet, but I got my full of films so I think I’ll be good until next year. If anyone wants to join in the volunteering fun for the 2013 festival, let me know so I can pass you the name of the person to contact! We’d love to have your help!
Love from the ashes,
Lady Lazarus

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