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TWINSBURG TOWNSHIP -- The hometown documentary that has gained acclaim as an official selection at the Cleveland International Film Festival for 2017 will offer three showings in the Cleveland and Akron areas this spring.
"Voices of the Hill" will be shown March 31 at 4:05 p.m. at Tower City; April 1 at 6:30 p.m. at the Akron Art Museum; and April 2 at 5 p.m. at Tower City.
The film has been nominated in the Local Heroes Competition, which celebrates films made in Ohio. Based on audience votes, winners will be announced on the closing night of the festival. Go to www.clevelandfilm.org for ticket and other information.
"Voices of the Hill" film spans generations through first-hand accounts of the hardscrabble history of the Heights community. It is a one-hour, 13-minute documentary assembled by 13 Twinsburg High School students, four college mentors and one dedicated township resident, and features the story of the 7-street-by-3-street Heights neighborhood through the eyes of elders -- those who built the first homes there with their bare hands.
"It started out as an idea that would encompass oral history. ... We realized it would also document, for posterity, the fight and tenacity of Heights residents and their bare-handed, blue-collar motivation to establish a home here," said Carla Carter, a Twinsburg Township resident and director of programming for Focused Arts Media Education, producer of the film.
Making the film took more than a year and brought together generations, as students researched the history of the Heights, developed questions for the elders and interviewed the longtime residents for the project, Carter said.