Best Of 2021

Best Pivot from a Film Fest to a Pop-Up: Reels on Wheels

Fans and filmmakers were disappointed when the annual Cindependent Film Festival was postponed until 2021 as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The festival was founded in 2017 by current Executive Director Allyson West as a way to bring Cincinnati filmmakers together to share their work, as well as draw international filmmakers to the city and provide resources and education on the art and craft of the medium. But despite the fest’s cancellation, the creators behind Cindependent came up with a new way to continue supporting filmmakers and their stories. Reels on Wheels was a cinema trailer that popped up in neighborhoods across the city to share independent films. Displayed on a 10-foot-by-6-foot mobile screen, the cinematic offerings, curated by West, were uplifting, family-friendly shorts that “reflect the diversity of our city and bring joy to our community.”