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Since I discussed The Neon Cinema in one of my recent reflections, I wanted to mention that this weekend is the third annual Film Dayton Festival. The theme for this festival is From Dayton/For Dayton. Some of the films that will be shown are produced and directed by filmmakers who have lived and worked in the local community. Here is the web address for the festival: http://www.filmdaytonfestival.com/
Sorry I tried to put a link into the post but for some reason it would not work.

Another film event in the area that is taking place is a three-part film series highlighting the work and career of the internationally acclaimed director Zhang Yimou. I wrote about this director's wonderful film Ju Duo early in the quarter. I sincerely recommend any of Yimou's early films. Conveniently the film series is taking place at Wright State but two of Yimou's films have already been shown earlier in the month. Tomorrow night at 7:00 in room 135 Allyn Hall students and faculty can watch the third sequel to this three part series. Afterward, audience members have the opportunity to discuss the film with Dr. Lisa Morrisette, who is an assistant art and art history professor and the Chinese Studies Committee.

I unfortunately have a class during the screening of Yimou's film but I'm hoping to find some time this weekend to check out one or two Dayton based films. What can be more exciting then to view a professional award winning film that was created, directed, or produced by a fellow Daytonian!

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For those of you who are wondering where you can view foreign films, there are two great little cinemas located in the area.

The Neon located on E. 5th St. in Dayton showcases foreign films, Dayton produced films, documentaries, and independent films. They have two theatres and a terrific snake bar that has everything from Boston Stoker Coffee to specialty bakery items. The Oregon District is right down the street from the Neon. On a warm spring night, you can check out the neat galleries in the Oregon District, have dinner at Thai 9 (delicious Thai restaurant in the Oregon District), and then check out a film at the Neon. To learn more about the Neon check out their website: http://www.neonmovies.com/
There is a film that is now playing at The Neon titled Of Gods and Men. It sounds fascinating!

The Little Art Theatre located on Xenia Avenue in Yellow Springs is a quaint traditional movie-house. Like The Neon, they showcase foreign films, independent films, documentaries, and classic Hollywood films. They have one theatre and a snake bar that offers gourmet chocolates and homemade pastries. The Little Art Theatre offers unique specials such as Brunch and a Movie and Dinner and a Movie. One can purchase a meal at the Winds Cafe or Sunrise Cafe. These two restaurants offer creative, eclectic, delicious meals. Located in the center of Yellow Springs, one can have brunch at the Winds, check out a film, and then window shop. There is a fantastic Peruvian shop that sells Peruvian folk art. If you’re not into window shopping I suggest biking the Little Miami Scenic Trail. It’s peaceful and breathtaking to see all of the flowers and trees that are in bloom. To learn more about The Little Art Theatre here is their website: http://www.littleart.com/

Check out The Neon and The Little Art Theatre, trust me you won’t be disappointed. We need to support our local businesses!

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