Glass City Film Festival Announces Official Schedule

Daily Dose  |  03/13/2018 10:00 am

The Glass City Film Fest (GCFF) will make its third run May 17-20, 2018 in Downtown, Toledo. The annual event aims to celebrate the art of filmmaking and be a resource for outstanding independent film in Northwest Ohio.

This Spring, the festival will present a fantastic collection of nationally-renowned feature films, as well as international and locally submitted short film blocks that will be screened simultaneously in multiple venues. Participating venues include the Ohio Theatre and Event Center, the Collingwood Arts Center, Toledo Museum of Art, and nontraditional pop-up spaces such as Handmade Toledo and Seed Coworking.

There are more than 15 screenings and events during the festival. Screening blocks are mostly family-friendly, but some are adult-oriented and viewer discretion is advised. Seating begins 30 Minutes prior to each screening.
- Individual tickets are $10 Per Screening.
- Avid movie-goers and film festival fans can also purchase a “Fancy Pass” for $60 to have access to all screenings and activities at the film festival, including access to the VIP room during the After Party on Opening Night.
- Tickets can be purchased online at or at the door.

Of 100+ submitted works this year, 52 films were selected from a variety of genres, including documentary, narrative, action, science fiction, experimental, student film, and a special block of emerging artists based in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan.


Thursday, May 17
6pm Toledo School for the Arts Film Festival
8pm Local Short Films Collection (Shorts Block)

Friday, May 18 (TWO VENUES)
6:00pm (Y)our Film Night feat. Purple Dreams (Feature Film)

6pm “In Their Own Way” Short Films Collection
8pm Women and Sometimes Men (Feature Film) + Pet Friendly (Short Film)

Saturday, May 19 (THREE VENUES)

12:30pm The Power of Glove (Feature Film) featuring a sneak peek of Toledo’s newest soundstage

3pm The Honest Struggle (Feature Film)
5pm “New Neighbors” Short Films Collection (Shorts Block)
7pm A Shot in the Dark (Feature Film)

5pm TBD
7pm “Adrenaline” Short Films Collection (Shorts Block)
9pm Dr. Brinks and Dr. Brinks (Feature Film) + The Poet and the Professor (Shorts Block

Sunday May 20 (TWO VENUES)

4pm The United States of Detroit (Feature Film)
6pm Chasing the Blues (Feature Film)

1pm The Street Where We Live (Feature Film)
3pm Under 25 Short Films Collection (Shorts Block)
5pm Dream Runner (Feature Film)


In Their Own Way | Friday, May 18, 6pm - Collingwood Arts Center
In Their Own Way” is a collection of shorts about individuals who follow their own path or define their own style. Runtime: 103 Minutes + Intermission

​Adrenaline Shorts | Saturday May 19, 6pm - Collingwood Arts Center
Adrenaline Shorts is a collection of shorts pulsing with action, drama, and suspense. Runtime: 95 minutes + Intermission

New Neighbors | Saturday May 19, 5pm - Ohio Theatre and Event Center
“New Neighbors” is a collection of shorts focused on immigrants and second-generation Americans.
Presented in partnership with Welcome Toledo-Lucas County. Runtime: 110 Minutes + Intermission

Under 25 | Sunday May 20, 3pm - Collingwood Arts Center
A collection of short films by young, emerging filmmakers. Runtime: 112 Minutes + Intermission​

Local Short Films | Thursday May 17, 8pm - Handmade Toledo
A collection of short films produced by artists in the NW Ohio and SE Michigan region. Runtime: 83 Minutes + Intermission


Chasing the Blues | Sunday, May 20 - Collingwood Arts Center
Directed by Scott Smith, 1:15:00, Drama
Two rival record collectors attempt to con an old lady out of a rare but cursed 1930s blues record.

Dream Runner | Sunday, May 20, 5pm - Collingwood Arts Center
Directed by James Aponte, 1:47:10, Sci-Fi, Noir, Thriller
Humans no longer dream. Now man made, they are sold in supermarkets, drug stores, and fueling stations. Certain dreams are declared illegal by world governments and organizations. Patrons turn to Dream Runners to attain these illicit fantasies. A washed up Pinkerton, Julian, is recruited by a lone Dream Runner to aide in the delivery of these dreams. The more deliveries he witnesses, the closer Julian finds himself to the maker of dreams themselves: The Dream Machine.

The Honest Struggle | Saturday, May 19, 3pm - Ohio Theatre
Directed by Justin Mashouf, 58:00, Documentary
The Honest Struggle is the story of a devout Muslim ex-offender and his journey re-entering society after being incarcerated 3 times. The film follows Sadiq, an energetic 55 year old man who has spent the majority of his life behind bars. Sadiq is chosen to live in a unique, faith-based reentry home in the Southside of Chicago which aims to transition its residents into the outside world while also turning them into leaders through community service projects and youth mentoring. The film documents Sadiq’s continuing struggle to transition into society over a span of 3 years and explores the realities of reentry and the inspirational surprises of human character. Presented in partnership with Welcome Toledo-Lucas County.

The Power of Glove | Saturday, May 19, 12:30pm - Seed Coworking
Directed by Andrew Austin, Adam Ward, 1:05:00, Documentary
"The Power of Glove" is a documentary chronicling the history & legacy of the notoriously "bad" Nintendo Power Glove, the first mass-marketed gesture-based video game controller. Released by Mattel in 1989, the Power Glove was the brainchild of the optimistic pioneers in the 1980s virtual reality frontier, and it was hyped as a revolutionary device that would change the way humans interact with computers. Unfortunately for us humans, the Power Glove just plain sucked. Its performance didn’t live up to its hype, and it was quickly relegated to bargain bins as a worthless gimmick. Nearly three decades after its release, however, a small but dedicated fanbase has brought new life to the Power Glove by hacking & repurposing it into musical instruments, art projects, virtual reality devices, and a slew of other creative ends. By bridging the link between the 1980s and the current V.R. revival, "The Power of Glove" tells the story of how & why the Power Glove lives on.

Purple Dreams | Friday, May 19, 6pm - Toledo Museum of Art
Directed by Joanne Hock, 1:12:00, Documentary
Purple Dreams reveals an extraordinary ARTS in Education success story. This inspirational documentary shadows six at-risk black high school students on an emotionally powerful three-year journey of transformation in a racially biased City. With access to the Arts and academic mentors, our at-risk youth have the potential to break the cycle of poverty in a single generation. These students struggle with homelessness, low-income neighborhoods, gang-related violence and single parent households as they further their education with a triumphant musical production that propels them into a world of opportunity they never expected. - Free Admission,

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