Words by Anna Maconachy
Photos by Anna Maconachy unless noted otherwise

I’ve lived in Columbus my whole life and I’ve come to find that it’s not necessarily hard to find something to do, it’s just hard to find something worth wanting to go out and do. When An Evening In Film came to my attention and it was something new and fresh, it stood out from any regular event. I made sure to RSVP as soon as I saw the flyer.COlEuZPVEAA_SWo

An Evening In Film was a night full of local short films, pristine cocktails from The Reno Reserve, 3 courses of delicious food provided by Here to Disrupt, and the “Alone Again” film premiere that Cameron Granger and Correy Parks presented to cap off the night.

It was held at MINT Collective, an art studio in Columbus that is known for always having amazing events and showcasing some of the best artists that the city has to offer. There was such a great turn out of new and old faces coming together to support these local artists. Whether it be through art, food, drinks, or filmmaking, there was no lack of appreciation in the building. EIF9EIF14EIF10

Photographed by Dana
Photographed by Dana

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Here to Disrupt and The Reno Reserve are local Columbus brands that have created something amazing out of their talents. The Reno Reserve is run by Derek Reno who makes some of the best drinks you will ever have the experience of tasting. He brings the life to the party at small-scale exclusive events around the city. The crowd enjoyed his “Atelier Punch” which included Watershed Bourbon Barrel Gin, Casoni 1814, Reno Reserve housemade citrus and blueberry-spice, and many more flavors.

Photographed by Dana
Photographed by Dana

Here to Disrupt is a one-of-a-kind culinary experience that aims to give second- and third-tier chefs the chance to be able to showcase their personal talents instead of creating from somebody else’s menu. Mattey Spicer and Travis Sims partner up to bring Here to Disrupt to various events, and we were lucky enough to be able to enjoy some of the fanciest “movie theatre snacks” that could be offered. Thanks to the chef, Mo Marvel, I had a snack in my hand at all times and each course was just as good as the last. There were 3 courses, including Spiced Popcorn, Nuevo Nachos, and a Melon Granita “Slush.” Overall, I wouldn’t have wanted anybody else to provide the tastes of the night. 

Photographed by Dana
Photographed by Dana
Photographed by Dana
Photographed by Dana

When the lights finally dimmed, everybody migrated from wherever they were socializing and moved into the projector room. There were several seats lined up giving it a movie theatre feel and there was plenty of standing room for the overflow of supporters as well. This is when the short films started. The filmmakers ranged from 18+ local directors and animators to students at CCAD, and there was even contribution from a professor of film. I think the best part of these films was the diversity that they had to offer. Some were of serious matters, and some just made you laugh harder than you have in awhile. It was very cool to see these directors visions coming to life. I was very impressed by the creativity and how they all made me feel like I was able to step into the directors shoes and feel what they were feeling when they created it.  Shortly after this portion of the night there was a Q&A with all of the directors and then an intermission.

Photo taken from @mmmintspace
Photo taken from @mmmintspace
Photo taken from @mmmintspace
Photo taken from @mmmintspace

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Photographed by Dana
Photographed by Dana
Photographed by Dana
Photographed by Dana

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Then was the grand finale, the “Alone Again” premiere. “Alone Again” is a song that Correy made along with sounds from Mac Demarco’s “Chamber of Reflection” that speaks of many relatable topics. He came together with Cameron Granger to create the perfect visual. The film brought the lyrics to life and went in depth to show things that we all will face on our journey. It moved from Correy feeling lost and confused to him finding himself and his confidence. When “Alone Again” ended, there was so much love in the room I couldn’t stop smiling, so I can’t imagine how Cameron and Correy felt. Everybody clapped and screamed as hard as they could. I think we all realized that something pretty amazing had just happened that really pushed the culture. An Evening In Film gave people something of substance that provided genuine fun and amazing art. I’m grateful that Quise, Cameron, and Correy brought this to fruition and I can’t wait to see what comes next.

Watch “Alone Again”, starring Correy Parks and directed by Cameron Granger

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