Ohio State Fair

July 26, 2010 by USA Post 

Ohio State FairOhio State Fair, Not everyone who enters a contest in the Ohio State Fair has to change the straw in the barn entrance. Some only need to change the DVD.
the fair this year will be the first to submit a short film competition. Nine of Ohio filmmakers submitted a total of 13 films for a chance to win a grand prize of 1,000, said Pam O’Loughlin, director of the fair fine arts exhibition.

“It’s a very popular art form is a kind of new and upcoming, and is something we really wanted to do,” said O’Loughlin.

The eight winning films will be screened starting at 10 am and 4 pm every day through the fair enforcement of the Fine Arts Center Cox.

O’Loughlin said most of the filmmakers are from central Ohio.

“We want to have more exposure outside of Columbus and Franklin County area,” she said.

“I know Cincinnati and Cleveland have small pockets of the filmmakers.”

The films vary in style from comedy to documentary experimental.

“They’re all very different. Some are narrative, some are very dark, and some are just images with someone talking behind her,” said O’Loughlin.

Eric Homan, an assistant professor at Columbus College of Art and Design, a documentary about garage sales.

Homan father, an avid garage sale is the central figure of the film, Garage Saler.

“It’s going to garage sales early in the morning when they open,” said Homan.

“(The film) is about the whole subculture of people who hunt for bargains at garage sales.”

Homan into this film because he thought it would be interesting to fairgoers.

“This was the one I thought I had the broadest appeal, especially in a down economy,” he said.

“People are looking to find bargains and value for money and garage sales are lifting people out.”

The often strange items sold in garage sales are another draw, “said Homan.

“I always go to bookstores because I never know what I find, and I think that’s why he’s going to garage sales,” he said.

Garage sales are not just business, however. They are a hobby and a social event.

“One person was on oxygen and seemed ready to die, but still was at the garage sale because he liked it,” said Homan.

These sales also provide an insight into the personal life.

“You find things in the past decades and is like going through a time tunnel and see the life of the people,” said Homan. “It’s kind of a voyeuristic way.”

Matt Meindl won the prize for his film Inside Out / on one side.

“It’s an experimental film about how memories are accumulated and fade over time,” he said.

The film, which also screened at the Whiskey Blue Chicago Independent Film Festival earlier this month, is mainly composed of nostalgic images. Meindl regards the film as a piece of memory. ”

“I tend to alternate between narrative and experimental film, but always personal,” she said.

Meindl is not only a filmmaker, appears in one of the other winning films.

“Sean McHenry Stauf Mission filmed with his camera phone in Stauf Coffee Roasters and I’m in it,” he said.

“I’m completely out of focus, but I’m there.”

Meindl said he will definitely enter the contest next year, and the process was incredibly simple to enter.

“I just sent an email link and a registration form,” he said.

The films are bound to be shorter than 10 minutes and the family, and the director must be a resident of Ohio age 17 or older.

Only a film accepted by jurors contains content that may be objectionable, O’Loughlin said.

“One is a comedy called” Outside Candy “he said.

“It’s about people taking candy in a theater. The film is a zombie movie, so there is some violence.”

Part of the excitement of the event, said Meindl, you get to meet other filmmakers in the area and see their work.

“A couple of the other filmmakers are friends of mine, and a couple I’ve never heard of,” he said.

Outside Westfield Candy Christopher. The other films are: Game Night by Michael Kortlandt, TechnEart by Beijing Charlie, storybook ending for Westfield Christopher and Jennifer Deafenbaugh Strawberry Jam Session.

The Ohio State Fair begins today and ends July 28 on 08 August. Doors open 9 am-10 pm every day except August 8, when they close at 8 pm

Admission is for adults and 10 and 8 for seniors age 60 and children 5-12, free for children under 5 years.

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