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Tuesday, July 7, 2009

'Taken for a Ride' at the Carnegie - 7/14

A week from today on July 14, the Southern Ohio Filmmakers Association and Cincinnati World Cinema will host a screening of the "eye-opening" documentary Taken For A Ride.


The film looks at the abrupt and widespread end to urban streetcar service in the United States. "The film uses investigative journalism, vintage archival footage and candid interviews to recount efforts by the auto and oil industries (led by General Motors) to buy and dismantle streetcar lines, tear out tracks and replace electric-driven vehicles with diesel buses."


Director Jim Klein is a two-time Oscar nominee and professor at Wright State University just up I-75 in Dayton. Klein will be at the screening to discuss the film following its screening. The evening will also include a pre-show reception and social hour at Covington's Carnegie Visual & Performing Arts Center (as seen on MTV's Taking the Stage).


Event organizers say that at the same time as these corporate moves, Congress was heavily funding urban highways that set the course for "deep social and environmental changes" tied to the nation's transportation choices. Organizers go on to say that the timing is important for Cincinnatians given the recent bankruptcy of General Motors and Cincinnati's upcoming City Charter amendment regarding the future of passenger rail transit.


The pre-show reception will start at 6pm with the screening at 7pm. Tickets (order online) are $12 in advance and $15 at the door (plus $1 Carnegie facility fee) and the money will go to benefit the Southern Ohio Filmmakers Association.


If you are unable to make this first screening you're in luck as a second screening will be held the following day also at 7pm. This screening will not include the reception or Director Jim Klein, but tickets (order online) will only cost $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Students and Arts members will also have $8 tickets available to them for this screening (valid ID required).


Photo courtesy of bossa67 via Flickr

4 comments:

David Ben said...

As an added bonus, the second screening (the one on Wednesday) will include a post-film Q & A with
1. The film's director Andrea Torrice.
2. Liz Blume, Executive Director of the Community Building Institute at Xavier University, and former Director of the Department of Planning for the City of Cincinnati.
3. Tom Moeller, the City Manager of Madeira.

See http://www.cincyworldcinema.org/x_90714tfar.php for more info on either event.

Travis Estell said...

Just to clarify, the filmmaker of "Taken for a Ride" is Jim Klein. Andrea Torrice is the filmmaker of "A Crack in the Pavement", half of a two-part documentary series that will debut nationally on PBS this fall, which will also be seen at the Carnegie screening. Both filmmakers will be present on Tuesday.

David Ben said...

Good eye, Travis. Thanks.

Jake said...

Is there any way to buy this documentary?

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