The 19th Ohio Independent Film Festival opens May 17 in Cleveland's Waterloo arts district.
The four-day event, organized by Independent Pictures and its artistic director Bernadette Gillotta, will screen eight feature-length films and dozens of short films by directors from the United States, Spain, Germany, United Kingdom, Bangladesh and Australia.
The opening night film is ''Boom Varietal,'' a documentary detailing the history of Malbec wine production in Argentina. It will be preceded by a wine tasting at the Arts Collinwood Cafe.
Other films include: ''From Hollywood to Dollywood,'' a documentary about two gay twin brothers who make a pilgrimage to Tennessee to meet their idol Dolly Parton; ''Gibsonburg,'' a film about a high school baseball team on an inexplicable winning streak; and ''The Custom Mary,'' a drama about an effort to clone Jesus.
All films will be shown at Arts Collinwood, 15606 Waterloo Road, Cleveland, except for the closing night feature, ''For the Love of Music: The Club 47 Folk Revival,'' which will be shown at 7:30 p.m. May 20 at the Beachland Ballroom, 15711 Waterloo Road. ''Club 47'' is a documentary directed and produced by Cleveland filmmakers Todd Kwait about the legendary Cambridge, Mass., folk club and features interviews with Joan Baez, Judy Collins, Tom Rush, Taj Mahal and others.