So, I haven’t written in a while, mainly because I’ve simply been SO ridiculously busy with the film festival coming up here soon (and with so many things up in the air) that I haven’t really had much to post. That said though, this has been a very tough year economically for everyone, and the festival is not magically excluded from that, with such severe cutbacks in sponsorships from across the board (think about it, major corporations are laying off employees, and we’re asking them for money?) we’ve had to make some tough last minute cutbacks and changes to keep the festival alive, at one point we seriously thought we’d have to cancel it altogether, but I think it’s now safe to say that we’ve (for the most part) succeeded in steadying the event to go on for another year, with the help of a great deal of long time (and new) friends, and even though I know it will be a tough year for attendance numbers (simply because of all the last minute changes) I honestly feel that the changes and moves will be better for the event in the long run, this is a transition year of sorts, and knowing that, I’m excited to see where we go from here.
That said, most of the festival’s screenings will now be held at the wonderful indie cinema “The Esquire” in Cincinnati, with special events still held in West Chester at the Savannah Center as previously planned, and now with EXTENDED dates, from July 24-30, 2009! For all those of you who stood by us and helped make this possible, THANK YOU!