The Chagrin festival celebrates the art of documentary film

CHAGRIN FALLS, Ohio – The 12th annual Chagrin Documentary Film Festival is underway.


What do you want to know

  • War on the Diamond opened the festival with a local story
  • 97 films are shown during the five-day event
  • You can watch in person or online

Ninety-seven films are screened in person and virtually by October 10.

“We welcome filmmakers from all over the world,” said executive director Mary Ann Ponce.

On opening night, the festival spotlighted a filmmaker from Elyria.

Andy Billman is the director of War on the Diamond. The film is based on the book “The Pitch that Killed”. It tells the story of a Cleveland Indians baseball player.

“On August 16, 1920,” Billman said, “tragically Ray Chapman dies from a pitch by Carl Mays. What we do is tell what happened that day, why things happened. past and, in my opinion, what sparked a rivalry between the Indians and Yankees.

The festival meets every year thanks to the work of the organizers and volunteers.

“It’s such an amazing community event,” Ponce said. “So many people from so many levels of the community coming together to make this happen, we can’t do it without a huge number of volunteers. There’s just a lot of heart behind it.

The festival attracts filmmakers from around the world, some of whom have traveled as far as Israel to show their work.

“Well, that’s their selling point, these filmmakers depend on film festivals to get their film out and see their film,” Ponce said. “At the end of the day what they really care about is that they want people to be able to see their movies and enjoy their movies, and that’s what we’re doing.”

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