Don't let the fact that this film festival is being held in a small village on the banks of the Chagrin River lessen its impact. This is five days of 68 films from 22 countries and has worldwide appeal.
Moviemaker named the Chagrin Documentary Film Festival 28th on its list of the Top 50 Festivals Worth the Entry Fee
The Chagrin Documentary Film Festival is a five-day celebration of the spirit and passion of the documentary filmmaker.
The Village of Chagrin Falls, Ohio welcomes filmmakers and film lovers with daily filmmaker panels,discussion forums and an enthusiastic audience.
The Medical Mutual Filmmaker Lounge and "Meet the Director" events throughout the Festival are powerful networking opportunities for filmmakers, sponsors and Festival supporters.
List of Films
Tickets and Reservations
Opening night is sold out and here's why.
The Opening Night film is "Dear Mr. Watterson." The comic strip Calvin & Hobbes, created by Chagrin Falls writer-artist Bill Watterson, premiered in 1985, blazed brilliantly in newspaper syndication for ten years, then was suddenly ended by its publicity-shy creator (Watterson also shunned a fortune by not cashing in on the potential bonanza of tie-ins with Hollywood and toy licensing).
Filmmaker Joel Allen Schroeder, a C&H super-fan, treks to Chagrin and vast comics archives at Ohio State - not to `stalk' the mysterious, retiring Watterson in the fashion of past documentaries such as "Roger & Me" and "Waiting for Fidel," but rather to use Calvin& Hobbes as a gateway to explore readers' longstanding love affair with characters and narratives of newsprint "funny pages." It's a languishing art form of which Mr. Watterson's dear strip was perhaps the last true classic.
About the CDFF
Fevered Dreams Productions was founded by Chagrin Falls High School Alumnus and filmmaker David Ponce as his film production company. David was inspired to tell the story of Sparrow Village, an aids orphanage in Johannesburg, South Africa in a documentary entitled "The Lost Sparrows of Roodepoort."
Even as he faced his own battle with leukemia, David wrote: "Nothing is as important to me as producing a work that is true to Sparrow and showing those who have not visited, just what the human spirit is capable of when faced with something immensely dark and frightening."
David succumbed in 2006 before his film could be completed. With the help of his friend Brock Carter and Chapman University/Dodge College of Film Assistant Dean Michael Kowalski, "The Lost Sparrows of Roodepoort" was completed and has become an award-winning documentary.
Fevered Dreams Productions has become a nonprofit organization dedicated to allowing talented filmmakers to tell their unique stories. The Chagrin Documentary Film Festival is dedicated to David Ponce and to all of the talented filmmakers who share their stories at this Festival.