In 2022, plenty of popcorn and soft drinks were consumed as moviegoers flocked to theaters once again.
“Top Gun: Maverick,” “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” and “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” were among the box office hits of the past 12 months, but the year in movies goes beyond what was shown at the multiplexes. .
Local theaters and movie centers in Greater Columbus presented several entertaining and thought-provoking premieres, including “Downton Abbey: A New Era,” “Don’t Worry Darling” and “The Fabelmans.”
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Meanwhile, longtime local film events returned or were reimagined, and a handful of filmmakers with local connections saw their names in the limelight.
Below is a roundup of notable film events in Greater Columbus in 2022.
The Film/video theater at the Wexner Center for the Arts hosted numerous screenings and series, including the annual “Cinema Revival” festival of restored films, highlighting independent films by African-American filmmakers from different eras in February. Among those who visited the Ohio State University campus arts center were documentarian Sam Green, the subject of retrospectives in September and October; and screen legend Pam Grier, star of “Coffy” and “Jackie Brown,” in November.
The Drexel Theater It also rolled out the red carpet for actor Ted Neeley’s ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ in Bexley, presenting a performance of the rock musical written by Andrew Lloyd Webber in September.
After several years of abbreviated versions, CAPA Summer Film Series is back in full force at the Ohio Theatre, starting with the Robin Williams-Nathan Lane comedy “The Birdcage” in June and ending with the Frank Sinatra musical “High Society” in August. In between, John Ford’s “The Grapes of Wrath” to Peter Bogdanovich’s “What’s Up, Doc?” there were screenings of classic films. — plus a silent film starring Buster Keaton, accompanied by Clark Wilson’s live organ.
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Classic film convention Cinevent ended its multi-decade run in 2021, but the event was reinvented. Columbus Moving Picture Show, which took place in May at the Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel. In addition to 16mm projections of cinematic curiosities, vendors sold classic movie memorabilia, posters, and books.
The thriller was released last May “Private Property”, Starring Ashley Benson and written and directed by Upper Arlington native Chadd Harbold. Harbold was also the producer of another new film “Linoleum”, Starring Jim Gaffigan and another from Upper Arlington, written and directed by Colin West, and co-produced by a third from Upper Arlington, Chad Simpson.
It was shown at the “Linoleum” exhibition Cinema Columbusnew local film festival in late April and early May at many area theaters, including Drexel, Gateway Film Center and Studio 35 Cinema and Drafthouse.
Netflix limited series “Devil in Ohio” Starring Emily Deschanel as a psychiatrist caring for a woman on the run from Satanic actress, it was set in the Buckeye state but filmed in Canada. The show premiered in September.
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Another Central Ohio – Beverly D’Angelo, a Columbus native — starred in the new Christmas comedy “Violent Night,” which premiered earlier this month. (D’Angelo, of course, is a constant presence on holiday television thanks to repeated performances of “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.”)
Yellow Springs documentary Julia ReichertThe Oscar winner for “American Factory” died of cancer on December 1 at the age of 76. in central Ohio.