25 Things Not to Miss at the 25th Annual Ohio Renaissance Festival


The Ohio Renaissance Festival  welcomes you to their village with over  150 costumed characters! Rub elbows with Royalty as you cheer your favorite knight to victory in the thrilling Full-armored Tournament Joust. Enjoy a festive day in the village surrounded by dueling swordsmen, rowdy pirates, nobles, peasants, and daring jugglers.  The sprawling landscape is dotted with hundreds of unique shops in the Medieval Marketplace featuring many one-of-a-kind, hand-crafted items. See time-honored crafts of glassblowing, stone carving, blacksmithing, leather tooling, boot making, and more … [Read more...]

FilmDayton Festival: The Award Winners


This weekend was the 6th annual Eichelberger FilmDayton Festival  and the  second year as a submission based festival.  For the first time they honored filmmakers with audience choice awards from various shorts blocks during the festival. Members of this weekends audience  participated in the awards process by voting for their favorite films.The actual awards was commissioned by FilmDayton and designed and created by talented local glass artist Susan Cannon. The first group of awards presented tonight are the SUN DOG AWARDS - These awards are presented to our newest and youngest film makers … [Read more...]

FilmDayton Celebrates Films & Filmmakers

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It's  the final day of the Eichelberger FiilmDayton Festival and the schedule includes workshops, shorts and feature films, just like it has all weekend.  Based at The Neon in downtown Dayton, hundreds of festival attendees are exposed to films made with local Dayton connection as well as 'best of the fest" flicks from some of the countries biggest festival like  Tribeca and SXSW.  Here's the lineup for today: The Critics Perspective Workshop  Sunday, August 24 - 12PM - ThinkTV What makes a great film? Filmmakers and critics Jeff Reichert and Farihah Zaman will navigate you through the … [Read more...]

FilmDAYTON Festival & 2 Other Hits at THE NEON!


Hello Everyone, This is the weekend for the 2014 Eichelberger FilmDayton Festival. With more to offer than just movies (screenings happen at THE NEON), I suggest you take a look at the official site to see what strikes a chord with you. The festival will be screening films for the majority of the weekend in one of our auditoriums, but we will also manage to keep both BOYHOOD and MAGIC IN THE MOONLIGHT running on our other screen. (For this week's remaining showtimes, visit our website at www.neonmovies.com) Advance tickets for the FilmDayton screenings must be purchased on-line. … [Read more...]

Colin Firth & Emma Stone in Woody Allen’s MAGIC IN THE MOONLIGHT at THE NEON!


Hello Everyone, Woody Allen's last three films - MIDNIGHT IN PARIS, TO ROME WITH LOVE and BLUE JASMINE - have all been big hits at THE NEON. On Friday, we will open Allen's latest film - a 1920's romantic comedy starring Colin Frith and Emma Stone - MAGIC IN THE MOONLIGHT.  BOYHOOD - the best-reviewed film of the year - will stick around for another week. Synopsis for MAGIC IN THE MOONLIGHT: "Chinese conjuror Wei Ling Soo is the most celebrated magician of his age, but few know that he is the stage persona of Stanley Crawford (Colin Firth), a grouchy and arrogant Englishman with a … [Read more...]

2014 Eichelberger FilmDayton Festival **Ticket Contest**


Ohio films, short films, award-winning films from around the world! Single tickets for the 2014 Eichelberger FilmDayton Festival are on sale now! Showcasing the vibrant filmmaker community connected to our region, the festival takes place the weekend of August 22-24.  The festival features professional workshops, screenings of award-winning and locally-connected films, parties, and contests. Full weekend schedule is available at www.filmdayton.com. Highlights of this year’s festival include:   THE INFINITE MAN Director: Hugh Sullivan    Australia/85min (Fri, Aug 22 – 7PM – The … [Read more...]

Dead Man Walking to Make Its Second Midwest Opera Appearance


On Wednesday, August 6, CNN reporter Moni Basu posted the online article “Dead Man Walking” nun: ‘Botched’ executions unmask a botched system.” The article refers to the experiences of Sister Helen Prejean, a Congregation of St. Joseph nun, who first wrote a groundbreaking, bestselling novel that went on to become the basis for the motion picture Dead Man Walking (1995) starring Susan Sarandon and Sean Penn. Both the novel and the film tell of a Catholic nun’s stormy spiritual journey, a murderer on death row, the victims of his unthinkable actions, and society at large. In fact, the debate … [Read more...]

I ORIGINS Opens & BOYHOOD Continues at THE NEON!


Hello Everyone, We had a very solid weekend with BOYHOOD. Many thanks to all of you who came out to support it. (We even had quite a few folks from Cincinnati - the film isn't playing that market yet!) We will hold BOYHOOD, but we need to let go of IDA. If you still need to see this marvelous film, Thursday will be your last chance. On Friday, we will open I ORIGINS - a new film from the director of ANOTHER EARTH. (For this week's remaining showtimes, visit our website at www.neonmovies.com) Synopsis for I ORIGINS: ONE WEEK ONLY! "I ORIGINS, the second feature film from writer and … [Read more...]

Jackie Kashian Providing Laughs And An “Excellent Horcrux” At Wiley’s

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 When I was younger, I would try to make all of my family and friends laugh by doing impersonations and/or spout off  silly comments and observations.  I had a few (and I mean few) individuals make comments about how I should be a  comedian.  And I actually thought about  going into that world.  I figured that if I made a few people giggle at my  dumb jokes-I could easily have an amazing experience.  As time went on, I determined that I should just stick to I know,  and be a writer. For comedian Jackie Kashian, the past couple of years have been anything but relaxing.  Recently, Kashian has … [Read more...]

Best Reviewed Film of the Year – BOYHOOD – Opens at THE NEON!

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Hello Everyone, We're pretty excited here at THE NEON. On Friday, August 1, we're opening the best reviewed film of the year - BOYHOOD. We will also keep the amazing film IDA for select screenings. Synopsis for BOYHOOD: Given 100% Reviews by countless critics and currently at 99% FRESH on rotten tomatoes, BOYHOOD is the best reviewed film of the year! "Filmed over 12 years with the same cast, Richard Linklater's BOYHOOD is a groundbreaking story of growing up as seen through the eyes of a child named Mason (a breakthrough performance by Ellar Coltrane), who literally grows up on screen … [Read more...]