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Archive for November, 2008


Dayton area filmmakers serve up something for everyone’s holiday film feast. Vampires and politics, dogs and cars, codebreakers and victims of unjust incarceration, airplanes and pumpkinheads, Hollywood stars and hometown stars are featured in this year’s collection of regionally connected film DVDs being promoted by Film Dayton as great gifts for the upcoming holidays.

No collection of Dayton-related film DVDs is complete, because every year the region contributes new locations, writers, talent, crew, music, post production technicians, investors, and more, to create a diverse assortment of new films.  From thoughtful to frightful, these films showcase the creativity of our region.

“If you like gifts that are home-made, home-grown, or just original and off-beat, try one of these locally-produced films – they are all Dayton originals,” recommends Gloria Skurski, president of Film Dayton.

Click here for a list of Regionally Connected Films available on DVD

Film Dayton is a volunteer organization fostering the growth of our regional film industry and film community, through support for regional film production, cultivation of regional film audiences, and development of the next generation of film makers and audiences.

Catalyst named Dayton Original

Dayton is full of originals – those special people, organizations or landmarks that help make the city unique and distinct. While the city can boast of a number of originals who have illuminated our past, below are some “Dayton Originals” who shine today. Their names and stories have been submitted by others in the community who value their commitment and contribution to the city.

Dayton Original: Bill Pote
Bill Pote started the independent DaytonMostMetro.com web site as a way to showcase all the unique and exciting things that are happening in Dayton. He took a unique idea and built a product that has had a tremendous impact – from introducing visitors and potential residents to our city to creating a community of like-minded advocates for positive change. He is truly a Dayton original with a passion for this city.

Recognize a ‘Dayton Original’

‘Perspectives and Pints’ updayton asks: What’s your community?

Perspectives and Pints is a series of casual focus group opportunities.  Young creatives

from the region are invited to discuss important issues and concerns in choosing a city. The focus of this meeting will be entetrainment and nightlife.  To better understand the needs of young professionals in the region, updayton is hosting  Perspectives and Pints on Tues, Feb 10th at 6pm  at Blind Bob’s in the Oregon District.  Participants should RSVP to murphyjs@woh.rr.com.

The first session was held Jan 15th.  Special guests included Theresa Gasper, the President of Full Circle Development, and Dr. Mike Ervin, a long-time Dayton supporter and advocate for the Oregon Arts District.

These focus group sessions will provide direction in the planning for the Young Creatives
Summit, scheduled  for April 18.  Group member Scott Murphy said, “The first step in un-
derstanding the needs of young creatives in our region was the distribution of the survey;
these mini town hall sessions will provide more depth to our understanding of what can
make the Dayton region attractive to recent college graduates and young professionals.”

Upcoming Perspectives and Pints are planned to discuss entertainment and nightlife
(January), diversity (February), and jobs and business growth (March) in preparation for
the Young Creatives Summit in April.

Leadership Dayton visits 20 N. Jefferson

Participants in the Leadership Dayton program toured various arts & culture venues on November 11, 2008. They ended the day visiting the DaytonCREATE Creative Incubator space at 20 N. Jefferson. Bill Pote gave a 30 minute presentation on the creative class theory, the DaytonCREATE initiatives and specifically the Creative Incubator project. Participants toured the space and heard about past events in the space and learned about the Creative Incubator’s future plans for the group and the space. Next, Mike Elsass gave a presentation on his Color of Energy gallery as well as the rest of the Oregon Arts District.

Participants were enthusiastic about what they learned, with many remarking that they had no idea that so many things were happening in terms of Dayton’s grassroots arts. And they were impressed by the “raw” space that had been transformed for LadyFest in September, and inquired about holding their holiday party there in December. The Creative Incubator group was happy to help expose more people to the independent arts scene in Dayton and help convince more people to embrace the urban core of Dayton – an important regional asset and epicenter of the region’s arts, culture and creative class.

Photo courtesy Andy Snow

Hollywood Comes To DATV!

DATV became part of a Hollywood sound stage as it hosted a live feed for NBC’s hit game show “Deal or No Deal”.  The segment was taped in DATV’s studio on August 1st and is scheduled to air on WDTN-TV on Friday, November 21st at 8:00pm.

Dayton resident Devon Clark was chosen as a contestant on “Deal or No Deal” and he selected his grandmother Margaret Rice as one of his friends to help him on the show. Ms. Rice was unable to fly to Los Angeles for the taping so Lock and Key Productions, the production company that produces “Deal or No Deal”, contacted DATV to host a live segment.

Ms. Rice was set-up in the studio with a two-way live feed to Los Angeles. During the taping she was able to watch the production on a monitor and interact with the program when the time was right.

“It was fun to be a part of such a great show,” said Margaret Rice. “Being in DATV’s studio and talking with Howie Mandel was quite a thrill.”

DATV cannot report how much Clark won so be sure to watch his appearance on “Deal or No Deal” on WDTN to find out how it turned out.
For more info on DATV:
:Dan Suffoletto, Marketing Director can be reached at 937.223.5311

50 Under $50 Art and Craft Bazaar: Local products, local music, local food, local people… Whew! What a relief!

In collaboration with Sarasvati and The Circus Creative Collective, DaytonCreate will be hosting an art and craft bazaar at 20 N. Jefferson St. This event will be held Friday (first Friday) December 5 from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. and Saturday, December 6, from 3:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Organizers are expecting over 50 local vendors to participate selling original works of art and handmade craft items all priced under $50! The event will also include live local acoustic music acts (several each day) and food and beverages from local vendors.

This is a fabulous opportunity to buy original artwork at incredibly reasonable prices and a unique chance to learn about the local artisans and craftspeople who live and work in the Dayton region. Coupled with the pleasure of listening to local musicians and enjoying great food from local food and beverage vendors, this event promises to be a welcome relief from mall-madness at the height of the holiday shopping season!

Contact Mary Kathryn Burnside at mk.burnsidegmail.com to participate as a seller. Check back soon for list of committed vendors and musicians!

Children’s Holiday Film Festival final showing @ The Neon

It’s time again for the annual “Children’s Holiday Film Festival” – brought to you by The Downtown Holiday Festival, CareSource and THE NEON.  Movies will screen one time each, and admission is free for children 12 and under and only $2.00 for adults.  Please spread the word to your families and neighbors…we’d love to see full houses for each of these special screenings.

MIRACLE ON 34th STREET (1994 version) – Saturday, December 20 at Noon

Updayton Summit Planning Meeting

The Young Creatives Summit will bring together diverse young  talent, business leaders, non-profits, universities and elected officials to address the flight of young talent from the
region.  We will focus on the concerns of young people, engage them in the region’s decision-making process, and build a shared vision of how the region can be improved.  Your voice for the future of the region will be heard!

At our next Summit meeting we’ll be discussing the format of our Summit Town Hall with Dr.

Jack Dustin of Wright State University’s Center for Urban and Public Affairs.  The summit is schedule for April 18, 2009.


November 18 at 5:30 PM
Human Relations Council

371 West Second St.
Downtown Dayton

Contact Catherine Crosby to get involved!

Updayton sets afterwork socials* DATE CHANGE

* Well ok, these will eventually be held the 4th Friday, but due to the holidays, we are combining the Nov & Dec meeting and holding it on Dec 5th.  Hey, at least that is a Friday and it follows the 4th, so we’re kind of sticking to the schedule.  All right, let’s face it-we just needed a reason to get together and have a cocktail-please join us!
Century Bar – 10 S. Jefferson St.,
Downtown Dayton

After Work Socials – 4th Friday of every month
Contact Scott Murphy at:

The Triumph Of The Creative Class

Barack Obama rode to his resounding victory on the enthusiasm of two constituencies, the young and African Americans, whose support has driven his candidacy since the spring. Yet arguably the biggest winners of the Nov. 4 vote are located at the highest levels of the nation’s ascendant post-industrial business community.

Obama’s triumph reflects a decisive shift in the economic center of gravity away from military contractors, manufacturers, agribusiness, pharmaceuticals, suburban real estate developers, energy companies, old-line remnants on Wall Street and other traditional backers of the GOP. In their place, we can see the rise of a different set of players, predominately drawn from the so-called “creative class” of Silicon Valley, Hollywood and the younger, go-go set in the financial world.

These latter business interests provided much of the consistent and massive financial advantage that the Illinois senator has accrued since early spring. The term “creative class” was popularized by former George Mason professor Richard Florida, who used it to describe those with both brainy business acumen and a very liberal cultural agenda borrowed from the bohemians of the ’60s.  Read the rest of the article

Sound Sculpture Concerts Raise Funds for Theatre of Sound Venue at Fifth and Jefferson

Dayton CREATE is happy to announce two Sound Sculpture Concerts, Thursday November 20, and Friday, November 21. Proceeds from these concerts will help launch the Theatre Of Sound in downtown Dayton. See this webpage for more information: www.theaterofsound.com/concerts

Michael & Sandy Bashaw, in connection with the Dayton Convention Center and BGHStudios present:
Theater of Sound: Two Sound Sculpture Concerts at the Dayton Convention Center Auditorium
22 East Fifth Street, at Jefferson St., Dayton
Thursday, November 20 and Friday, November 21 at 8:00 p.m.
Tickets in advance from Ticket Center Stage or at the door, prior to performance
$45, $35, $25 and $20 students; $100 ˆ limited number of Patron Seats

The Sound Sculpture Concerts are being held to raise funds to launch the Theater of Sound, a non-profit, multi-arts performance and workshop space which will be located at the southeast corner of Fifth and Jefferson Streets in downtown Dayton. This exciting new venue will provide music performance, theatrical and other arts experiences, as well as workshops for students and corporate groups, with Michael & Sandy Bashaw as Artistic Directors.

Ticket Center Stage 937-228-3630 or 888-228-3630
or email: www.ticketcenterstage.com
Box Office & Ticket Center Stage Hours:
– Monday through Friday: 10am – 6pm
– Saturday: Noon – 4pm
– 2 hours prior to a performance
Schuster Box Office is located inside the Schuster Center Wintergarden
2 West Second Street Dayton OH, 45402

In the meantime — come share an evening with Puzzle of Light at the Trolley Stop on Saturday, Nov. 15, 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.

Film Connections meets at ThinkTV 7-9pm

FilmDayton hold its monthly “Film Connections” meeting Tuesday, Jan. 27, at which members met at the studios of ThinkTV to watch and discuss the work of local filmmakers.  Followed by a networking opportunity, all are welcome!

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