Previews: Columbus Film Council’s Shorts

By Columbus Alive
From the January 24, 2013 edition

What do curmudgeons, millionaires, cowboys, hippies, skiers and tourists all have in common? They all like to party at The Stagecoach Bar… and fight at The Stagecoach Bar.

Filmmaker Jennifer Tennican made the movie “The Stagecoach Bar: An American Crossroads” for the Jackson Hole Historical Society & Museum, but her fun and forthright look at an American microcosm getting wasted at a Wilson, Wyoming, watering hole has won her team myriad film festival accolades.

As one of the movie’s interviewees goodheartedly says, “I was conceived, born and neglected in the parking lot of The Stagecoach Bar”; it’s hard to deny that the interviews are as good as the stories they relay.

One of Stagecoach’s awards is the Columbus International Film and Video Festival’s Bronze Plaque award. The CIFV is presenting an excerpt of the movie at a free presentation Wednesday composed of short films worth sharing.

In addition to “Stagecoach,” the evening will feature “Shacharit—A Morning Prayer,” a film by Steven Loring that intimately observes the routine morning prayer service of members of a Brooklyn orthodox synagogue, and “Crooked Beauty,” a documentary by Jacks McNamara about her childhood abuse, resulting psychology ward stays and adult attempts to find peace.