Hocker to host film noir festival
By John Dorsey
Toledo Free Press Staff Writer
The Collingwood Arts Center's Lyric Photoplay Society invites the public to take a walk into some of Hollywood's darkest alleys as the group kicks off its first film noir festival, hosted by WGTE 91 FM's Ross Hocker. The two-night event, which will take place on Sept. 12 and 13 in the center's Lois B. Nelson Theatre, showcases four films from the golden age of cinema at its seediest.
The festival will get things rolling with the 1949 Edmond O' Brien classic “D.O.A.” followed by “Too Late for Tears,” starring Lizabeth Scott. The second evening of screenings will begin with “He Walked By Night,” featuring “Dragnet” star Jack Webb and closing the event will be “Impact,” starring Brian Donlevy.
“While there have been individual screenings of crime genre films from this era here in the past, to our knowledge this is the first festival of noir films ever presented in Toledo. All of the films were carefully selected by Lyric Photoplay Society founder Evan Chase and are being presented in our theater because we feel that there is a large, untapped audience in our community for this genre,” Program Director Brian Felster said.
Hocker is the host of WGTE FM'S “Morning Edition” and “Morning Music with Ross Hocker.” He has been a guest speaker at a number of the Lyric Photoplay Society's silent film series events.
“With this festival we really tried to reach out to various film groups at the university level and around the community at large. Ross Hocker not only offered his artistic talents, but also his knowledge the genre, as well as his help in promoting event, which we truly appreciate,” Felster said.
Admission for each evening of the festival is $10. Combined tickets are available for $15. Screening times are 7:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. each night. For more information, call (419) 244-ARTS or visit the Web site www.collingwoodartscenter.org.
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