John Ewing Chats About the Museum’s Film Program


The Cleveland Museum of Art's film program functions like a year-round film festival. Art house and indie film fans have the opportunity to see unique and beautiful films from around the world each week. The September-October film schedule brings movies from Portugal, France, Britain, Poland, China, Belgium, Germany, Japan, and the United States.

We recently talked to John Ewing, our associate director of film, about what you have to look forward to in the upcoming schedule.


Q: You're bringing back a film by popular demand this month. A film about Ohio?
A: Yes, 45365 shows on Wednesday, September 15, at 5:30 and 7:15 p.m. This is our third showing of this film. It's an audience favorite and anybody who lives in Ohio and has a fondness for small- town life will appreciate it. It shows a lot of fall rituals, such as county fairs and high school football games.

Q: We're also bringing a filmmaker in person this month. Why is this a special opportunity?
A: Hilari Scarl will join us to discuss her film See What I'm Saying: The Deaf Entertainers Documentary on September 17 and September 19.

It's a groundbreaking documentary that follows four accomplished entertainers with hearing impairments. The film opened in New York and got good reviews. For anyone who has a question about the film, or for students who want to understand how to put movies together, there's not a better person to whom to address these concerns than the filmmaker.

Q: You're showing a film about two legendary French filmmakers on September 8. Does this have anything to do with the prestigious award you recently received from the Republic of France?
A: Not really. That award has a longer history. Someone nominated me about three years ago for my service in arts and culture, and I just found out that I've been named Chevalier in the Order of Arts and Letters of the Republic of France. I'm pretty excited about it.

When the letter came to my house in a colorful envelope, I thought it was just an invitation to subscribe to a French culture magazine. My wife and I translated it and figured out that I won the award. But no trips to Paris are involved. Instead, I'll receive a sort of diploma and recognition at a local ceremony.

Q: Many of the films that you bring to the museum are Cleveland premieres. Why do you think it is so important for people to take the time to see them?
A: To be engaged in movies is to be engaged in the world.

Get the upcoming film schedule on our web site.

If you have suggestions for films that we should consider, e-mail jcewing [at] ClevelandArt.org (John).


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