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Regionally Connected Films available on DVD

GIFTS OF REGIONAL FILMS ON DVD WRAPPED WITH LOCAL PRIDE, HISTORY, HUMOR, HORROR

Abe’s Tomb
Moore’s Lake . . . a small town plagued by feral vampires.  Its only chance for continued  existence rests solely upon an all-powerful ghoul that long ago vowed to seek vengeance upon the town.  Under such circumstances, can humanity survive?

Dayton Area Connections: Filmed mostly in and around Dayton, and other surrounding cities include Spring Valley and New Carlisle.  Actress Amanda Fire plays Vampra, the head vampire.  $9.99- $20, available at: carlmerritt.com, braindamagefilms.com, netfilix.com, cduniverse.com, and Turtle Creek Flea Market booth 602.  Director’s cut is $20 and available at www.carlmerritt.com or at Turtle Creek for $15. Occasionally actors and actresses from Abe’s Tomb make appearances at Turtle Creek and you can get your copy autographed as well as pictures and other merchandise.

Barton Fink
Set in 1941, this film features an intellectual screenwriter struggling with severe writer’s block and the good intentions of a traveling salesman, played by John Goodman.

Dayton Area Connections: J. Todd Anderson of Oakwood provided storyboards.  4.99, available at amazon.com

Blue Car
Gifted 18-year-old Meg (Bruckner) has been abandoned by her father and neglected by her hardworking mother. Left to care for her emotionally disturbed younger sister, her world begins to unravel. She finds an outlet in writing poetry and support from her English teacher, Mr. Auster (Straithairn). But what started out as a mentoring relationship begins to get a bit more complex

Dayton Area Connections: Line produced by Karri O’Reilly, Dayton native/resident and graduate of Wright State University Motion Picture Production program.  Many Dayton crew worked on film.  Shot in Dayton. $12.99 – 24.99, available at: retail stores and at amazon.com

Burn After Reading,
Two gym employees attempt to sell a disk full of CIA memoirs.
Dayton Area Connections: J. Todd Anderson of Oakwood provided storyboards.19.99, available at amazon.com

Confessions of a Dangerous Mind,
The story of a legendary showman’s double life – television producer by day, CIA assassin by night. At the height of his TV career, Chuck Barris was recruited by the CIA and trained to become a covert operative. Or so Barris said.
Dayton Area Connection: J. Todd Anderson of Oakwood provided storyboards.  8.49, available at amazon.com

Dayton Codebreakers
One thousand, one hundred sixty American ships carrying supplies across the Atlantic to Britain were sunk in 1942, torpedoed by German submarines – U-Boats – which relied upon secret radio communications. The German Navy used a coding machine called Enigma to keep its maneuvers out of the Allies’ reach. The British had cracked an earlier Enigma device but not this one. The U.S. Navy, angry at failures in the British codebreaking operations at Bletchley Park, decided to take these affairs into their own hands.  They came to Joe Desch at the National Cash Register Company in Dayton, Ohio. Desch, a civilian of German descent, was under surveillance himself even as he worked.

Dayton Area Connections: Producer and Director: Aileen LeBlanc, Yellow Springs
Co-Producer: Debbie Desch Anderson, Dayton, Director of Photography: Mike King
Sound Recordist: Tom Mayer, West Milton, Sound Recordist: John Mays, Dayton.
Graphics, DVD Animation: Fred Barbaro, Beavercreek, Music Composition and Performance: Sandy and Michael Bashaw, Dayton, Fred Barbaro – Graphics, DVD Animation, Beavercreek
Sandy and Michael Bashaw – Music Composition and Performance, Dayton. Produced in Association with the Montgomery County Historical Society  Presenting Public Television Station:  ThinkTV, Dayton.

$21.95, available at: filmbaby.com, or via 1-877-FILMBABY, for phone orders;  and National Film Network,  In the Dayton area, DVDs currently available at the Museum Store,  Carillon Historical Park,  or at National Parks Bookstore, Wright-Dunbar Interpretive Center.  Soundtrack available at www.puzzleoflight.com/codebreakers  Educators and libraries visit Dayton Codebreakers page, National Film Network,

Lest We Forget: Silent Voices
A powerful and empowering journey through the first-person stories of people with developmental disabilities — once labeled “mentally defective” — who were sent away to state institutions.  Told by those who spent decades in human warehouses; through the voices of mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters left behind; and by the the pioneering professionals and advocates who put their own lives and careers in jeopardy to bring about change.  A story of change with roots in the civil rights and antiwar movements of the 60s and 70s.

Dayton Area Connections: Produced by Partners for Community Living, a nonprofit organization dedicated to developing group homes for mentally handicapped individuals. Written and directed by Mark R. Lyons, a long time Dayton resident.  Many of the people interviewed in the film are from the Dayton area. $249, available at: Fanlight Productions,  with both closed-captions and audio descriptions.

Linewatch
Cuba Gooding Jr. stars as Michael Dixon, a seasoned agent working linewatch on the US/Mexico Border, well respected by his peers at US Border Patrol, and well loved by his family. Michael’s world is suddenly threatened by secrets from his past. He was not always the respectable family man – he was a vicious Los Angeles gang member who turned his back on the gang and his own brutal ways. But no one can quit the gang, so when a chance encounter leads the gang to Michael in New Mexico, Michael is forced to find a way to protect his family, even if it means helping the psychotic gang leader Drake smuggle a truckload of drugs across the border.

Dayton Area Connections: Produced by Dayton native and resident Karri O’Reilly.  Cuba Gooding’s stunt double, Tierre Turner, is a Dayton native.  $12.99 – 24.99, available at: retail stores and at amazon.com

My Mummy
This rollicking spoof of the horror genre features a formerly philandering and currently dismembered mummy seeking to be reunited with his most prized possession.

Dayton Area Connections:
Directed and co-written by J. Todd Anderson.
Filmed with cast, crew, and townspeople in New Carlisle, Ohio.  $12.99, $14.99 with signed poster, available at perfectmovie.net

On Great White Wings
This high definition film examines the Wright brothers’ invention of the airplane with special emphasis on their work at the Huffman Prairie Flying Field, where the Wright they built, tested and flew what would become the world’s first practical airplane.  The film features sophisticated computer graphic animation to illustrate the engineering innovations and showcases one-of-a-kind flights using replicaWright Brothers aircraft..   This interpretive film is now shown at the Wright-Dunbar Interpretive Center and the Huffman Prairie Flying Field Interpretive Center.   Aperture Films won the CINE Golden Eagle Award in the Spring of 2007 for Non-Telecast, Professional Non-fiction Division, Arts and Exhibits Programming.  All proceeds from On Great White Wings are contributed around the United States to the National Park Service.

Dayton Area Connections: Features the Wright Brothers, from Dayton, Ohio.  Narrated by Martin Sheen, native of Dayton, Ohio.  Irene Smallwood Bosma and JMI Talent Agency, Dayton, served as local casting agent and audition location. $14.95, available at:  Wright-Dunbar Interpretive Center National Historical Park, 30 South Williams Street, Dayton, Ohio, 937.225.7705, or Huffman Prairie Flying Field and Interpretive Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, 937.425.0008. Also available via the National Park Service online store, enter search:  On Great White Wings.

Pumpkinhead: Blood Feud, and Pumpkinhead: Ashes to Ashes,
Horror films starring Lance Henrickson – a vengeance demon helps those who seek revenge – but for a price.

Dayton Area Connections: Produced by Dayton native and resident Karri O’Reilly. $12.99 – 24.99, available at: retail stores and at amazon.com

Ropewalk
Documents the history of Hooven & Allison and the effect of ropemaking in local and world history, tying together prehistoric tools, Ben Franklin, trust busting, railroads, drug laws, plastics, nanotubes and space travel. Discover the unexpected twists that join these threads.  “Ropewalk” received a 2008 Award of Excellence from the Ohio Association of Historical Societies and Museums.  All proceeds from DVD sales benefit the Engineers Club of Dayton Foundation for education in science and technology.

Dayton Area Connections: Features Beavercreek resident Bill Hagenbuch, former Hooven & Allison president and chief engineer.  Executive producer: Oakwood resident Kate Hagenbuch.
The Engineers Club of Dayton Foundation sponsored the documentary, funded with charitable donations.  $20.00, available at: Blue Jacket Books, Xenia, Ohio; Dayton History Museum Store, Carillon Park,  Borders at Dayton Mall; or purchase online at filmbaby.com

Saving Shiloh
Family film – 3rd in the Shiloh series based on the Newberry Award Winning Books.

Dayton Area Connections: Line Produced by Dayton native and resident Karri O’Reilly.  Many Dayton crew worked on film. $12.99 – 24.99, available at: retail stores and at amazon.com

Swing State
“Swing State” tells the story of career politician Lee Fisher, who, with family in tow, campaigns for Ohio Lieutenant Governor, alongside Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate and U. S. Congressman Ted Strickland, against  Republican J. Kenneth Blackwell – a contest widely considered to have drastic implications for the outcome of the 2008 Presidential elections. Featuring interviews with Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Hillary Rodham Clinton, John Edwards, John Kerry, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Chuck Schumer, Bill Richardson.

Dayton Area Connections: Many scenes filmed in the Dayton area.
Shot entirely in Ohio, Premiere held at Little Art Theatre in Yellow Springs, Ohio.  $19.98, available at: Morningstar Entertainment. DVD special features include 16 deleted scenes, interview trailer, tribute to late Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones.

The Clubhouse Detectives
3 Pack) Scavenger Hunt / Search of a Lost Princess / in Big Trouble
Series of kids’ films about a group of kid detectives.

Dayton Area Connections: Karri O’Reilly produced.  Many Dayton crew worked on the films. individually or as a 3 pack, $9.99 to 28.99, available at: amazon.com


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