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Press Release

The Puffin Collaborative Film Festival Returns This October!
Second Annual Festival Celebrates Movies With A Mission Helping Local Non-profits

The Puffin Collaborative Film Festival (PCFF) returns to the Gateway Film Center on October 11th with a lineup of movies that chronicle our modern lives in non-documentary cinematic format. The films reflect the missions of ten community non-profits that are hosting the screenings.

“The PCFF is a great way to support your favorite local non-profit and gather with like minded people to watch some great films”, said Susan Halpern, Director for the PCFF, “Classic films, indie darlings and an Ohio premiere all make the PFCC an unique festival and not to be missed.”

Admission is just $5 a screening or $25 for a full day pass that includes a $10 food coupon good at the Torpedo Room, the Gateway Film Center’s in-house restaurant. For more information go to

On Sunday October 11 the Festival line up starts at 11:30am with The Soloist starring Jamie Foxx, Robert Downey, Jr. and Catherine Keener, with ticket sales to benefit ProMusica Chamber Orchestra and Harmony Project.

At 2pm the Festival screens the Academy Award winning My Left Foot. Presented by VSA Ohio and ACLU Foundation Ohio, the film is a fictionalized depiction of the extraordinary struggles of an Irish writer/painter Christy Brown who was born with severe cerebral palsy. A landmark performance by Daniel Day-Lewis earned him his first Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of the young man born into poverty who, due to the congenital condition, had muscular command of little else but his titular left foot.

Of particular interest to Ohioans, Promised Land, directed by Gus Van Sant, screens at 4pm, with proceeds going to Ohio Environmental Council and Ohio Citizen Action. Promised Land is a Matt Damon vehicle that deals with fracking and its effects on rural farm communities.

At 6pm is a screening of the film Big Night, presented by Local Matters and Simply Living. Big Night is about food not as a subject but as a language, the language by which one can speak to gods; a language in which one can create, seduce and aspire to perfection.

The Festival wraps with an Ohio premiere presented by Stonewall Columbus and ARC Ohio. Boy Meets Girl is a funny, tender, sex/human positive romantic comedy that explores what it means to be a man or woman in love, and how important it is to live a courageous life not letting fear stand in the way of going after your dreams.

The ACLU will be on site all weekend and will be able to provide voter education material to all festival attendees.

The Festival opens on Friday, October 9 with an Invitation Only screening for friends of Puffin Foundation West (and their friends) of the classic James Caan version of Rollerball (1975). In a corporate-controlled future, an ultra-violent sport known as Rollerball represents the world, and one of its powerful athletes is out to defy those who want him out of the game permanently!

Images available upon request.

Susan Halpern, Director
Puffin Collaborative Film Festival