“I’m not trying to knock movies that come out today, but when you see, for example, a Marvel movie, you feel like it’s made by a committee, people trying to please an audience , which is perfectly fine if you like those types of films,” said Catalano, an admirer of maverick directors/writers such as Paul Thomas Anderson and the Coen brothers. “But I’m one of those people who likes to watch a film and knowing that someone is pouring their heart, their emotions, their voice onto the screen. I find that very powerful. I also like to know who the director or screenwriter is. You may feel a connection to this person in a strange way. You feel like you know them because of the art they give to the world.

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In addition to the screening of two 2022 Vernard S. Fields shorts (“Super Just Super” and “Misread”), the event will feature the Ohio premiere of JW Cox’s 2021 short “Chocolate Milk” and the official premiere of Catalano 2022 black comedy “Funeral for Furmanski,” cast in the vein of legendary directors Robert Altman, John Cassavetes and Werner Herzog.


Poster for “Funeral for Furmanski”, co-written and directed by Johnny Catalano. CONTRIBUTED


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Poster for “Funeral for Furmanski”, co-written and directed by Johnny Catalano. CONTRIBUTED



“We really want to capture the local film community in the area, showcase them and give them a voice and a platform that just isn’t online on a computer or on Vimeo,” Catalano said. “Bringing these films to the big screen feels like a reward for the filmmakers for all the hard work they put into their films. Hosting our event at the Plaza Theater also takes audiences back to the 1930s, 1940s or 1950s, when going to the cinema was an event.

The evening will conclude with a Q&A with the filmmakers, which Catalano hopes will be an engaging networking opportunity for other budding artists.

“Whether you’re a fellow filmmaker or want to get into filmmaking, it’s a chance to meet people making films in the area,” he said. “I hope this event encourages people to branch out, talk to us, and maybe work with us in the future. The commitment is great. I look forward to hearing what audiences are asking about our films. It will be very exciting.


What: “Regional Cinema”

When: Saturday March 12 at 7 p.m.

Or: Plaza Theater, 33 S. Main St., Miamisburg

Cost: $10; general seats.

Tickets: https://ticketing.useast.veezi.com/purchase/2256?siteToken=d21zzfg96311p5wrd9c4bazjg0

More information: https://www.facebook.com/regionalcinema

FOR YOUR INFORMATION: Some films may contain adult situations.

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