FILM FESTIVAL: As West Life reported in a feature article a year ago, At-large Councilwoman Peggy Cleary serves on the screening committee of the Cleveland International Film Festival, which begins tomorrow at Tower City Cinemas in downtown Cleveland.
This year, Cleary screened only documentaries. Of the roughly 50 she watched, she recommended five be shown at the festival. Of those five, four made it in.
The two Cleary recommends most strongly are “Dirty Energy” and “Heist: Who Stole the American Dream?” “Dirty Energy” tells the personal stories of those affected by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. The film festival program describes it as “the film BP doesn’t want you to see.”
“Heist” looks at the current state of the U.S. Economy and the role of money in government. “It gives a really good background to what happened in the economic crisis of 2008,” Cleary said. The filmmakers hold both Republican and Democrats responsible for catering to special interests instead of the average American, she added.
A third film Cleary recommends is “Beauty of Embarrassing.” The 93-minute film stells the story of Wayne White, an Emmy-award winning set designer and puppeteer for “Pee-Wee’s Playhouse,” the late-1980s children’s television program. “The guy is just so brilliant,” Cleary said of White.
All films mentioned have multiple showings. For more information, point your web browser to clevelandfilm.org.
WARRIORS FOOTBALL: The Fairview Warrior Football Club will hold its annual reverse raffle fundraiser from 6 p.m. to midnight Saturday at St. Mary Magdalene Church, 5390 West 220th St. Tickets cost $50 each and include a chance for the main prize of $1,000, live music, family-style dinner and dessert. Beer, wine, soft drinks and coffee are also included. Tickets can be purchased by calling Terri Hout at 440-333-5248.
PANCAKE BREAKFAST: The American Legion Auxiliary, Clifton Post 421, located at 22001 Brookpark Road, is hosting a pancake breakfast from 9 a.m. to noon Sunday. The menu includes pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, coffee, tea, milk and orange juice.
Tickets, which cost $5 for adults and $2 for children younger than 10, will be available at the door. For more information, call 216-749-3564. The organization will be collecting cell phones for American servicemen and women, as well as new and gently used stuffed animals and eyeglasses.
WHAM WITH THE RIGHT HAND: It’s basketball time at Fairview Park Library! At least it will be at 7 p.m. April 10. That’s when former Cleveland Cavaliers play-by-play announcer Joe Tait will be at the library to sign copies of his book, “Joe Tait: It’s Been a Real Ball,” which was written last year with sportswriter Terry Pluto.
Tait, who retired at the end of last season, also broadcast Cleveland Indians games on radio and TV in the 1970s and 80s.
Fairview Park Regional Library is located at 21255 Lorain Road.