Film festival: action, adventure on big screen

A bit of the Old West will spill from the screen at the eighth annual YES Film Festival Friday through Sunday.

In fact, a 10-member group of costumed, Western re-enactors will display real, unloaded weapons — six-guns and the like — Friday evening in honor of the 1953 Oscar-nominated classic “Shane” to be presented. The film features the story of a gunslinger who learns that a war of intimidation is being waged on the valley’s settlers in the Wyoming Territory.

Besides the showing, a chuck wagon meal will be available too, pardner.

But the weekend-long event will feature an eclectic 21-movie lineup that includes narratives, documentaries and shorts at the downtown venue, 328 Jackson St. in Columbus. Plus, a few of the directors will be on hand to discuss their work with audiences.

Here’s the schedule:


Theater 1

5 p.m. — “After Spring.” A documentary’s look at the Zaatari Refugee Camp in Jordan that has been the “temporary” home of 80,000 Syrians since 2012.

7:30 p.m. — “Shane.” The Western classic noted for its cinematography, editing and more.

Theater 2

5:30 p.m. — “Mr. Chibbs.” A documentary examining the life in retirement of longtime high school, college and pro basketball standout Kenny Anderson.

7:45 p.m. — “The Freedom to Marry.” Documentary, followed by a panel discussion. The concept of same-sex couples marrying went from a “preposterous notion” to the national law. This film is an intimate look at the people who led the Freedom to Marry movement.


Theater 1

12:30 p.m. — “The Tree.” Followed by a question-and-answer session. An 88-year-old woman sets out on a road trip from Kansas to Indiana to meet a childhood friend.

2:45 p.m. —”Heart to Heart.” A series of 10 short films, followed by a question-and-answer session.

5:15 p.m. — “The Activists: War, Peace and Politics in the Streets.” Followed by a question-and-answer session. A documentary capturing people who have taken to the streets through the years in the struggle for peace and justice in American politics and society.

7 p.m. — “After Spring.”

Theater 2

1 p.m. — “Another Time.” Ghadir, a chemical plant worker, protesting against being unpaid for over a year, is arrested in Iran during a demonstration and imprisoned without trial. He’s released one year later with no explanation given. On arriving home he finds his daughter, Somayeh, has given birth out of wedlock.

3 p.m. — “Mr. Chibbs.”

5 p.m. — “In the Radiant City.” After 20 years away, a man returns to his hometown in Kentucky, where he left after making a statement that put his brother away for life. Now he faces his still angry family.

7:15 p.m. — “The Chocolate Case.” After first exposing the cocoa industry’s reliance on child slavery in this documentary, a group of curious Dutch journalists set out on a decade-long campaign to combat the mega-industry.

9 p.m. — “The Sounding.” A woman, after years of silence, begins to weave a language out of Shakespeare’s words. A driven neurologist brought to the island to protect her commits her to a psychiatric hospital where she becomes a full-blown rebel — fighting for her real voice and her freedom.


Theater 1

12:45 p.m. — “The Activists: War, Peace and Politics in the Streets.” Followed by a question-and-answer session.

2:30 p.m. — “The Tree” Followed by a question-and-answer session.

4:45 p.m. — “Heart to Heart.” 10 short films, followed by a question-and-answer session.

7 p.m. — “The Sounding.”

Theater 2

1 p.m. — “The Freedom to Marry.”

2:45 p.m. — “The Chocolate Case.”

4:30 p.m. — “In the Radiant City.”

6:45 p.m. — “Another Time.”

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Brian Blair is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at or 812-379-5672.