Five years ago, Iranian-born Canadian photographer-turned-director Eileen Yaghoobian started making a movie about the underground rock-poster scene. Having frequently visited gigposters.com, a comprehensive guide to indie-rock artwork, she wanted to know the stories behind the punk and post-punk images she saw. "I love the way the posters twist pop culture and take something from the golden era of America and regurgitate it on a rock poster," she says. "I wanted to make a movie about the dialogue that lives in the posters. That's what drives the film." Visiting 30 different states and shooting 250 hours of footage, she tracked down everyone from iconic poster- maker Frank Kozik to Lightning Bolt's Brian Chippendale (Cleveland's Derek Hess gets a shout-out too) for Died Young, Stayed Pretty. The movie provides a Slacker-type overview of a scene still burgeoning, despite a downturn in the music industry. If you go to the movie's website, diedyoungstayedpretty.com, you'll also see six very different posters for the film itself that you can purchase. The film shows at 7:30 p.m. Friday, September 24, and at 9:40 p.m. Saturday, September 26, at the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque (11141 East Blvd., 216.421.7450, cia.edu/cinematheque). Yaghoobian will answer questions after both screenings. Tickets: $8.
The Akron Civic Theatre (182 S. Main St., 330.253.2488, akroncivic.com) is hosting another red-carpet movie event: Hattie Larlham Presents Hollywood. This time around, it features movie memorabilia. Richard John of Hood and Hoover Jewelers will display his Silver Screen Collection of costumes and jewelry worn by Mae West, Mitzi Gaynor, Carol Channing, Judy Garland, Liberace and Cher. Terry Moir from the Trapper Jack in the Morning radio show hosts the event, and there will be a cocktail reception. It starts at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, September 26. Tickets are $75.
It's a little-known fact that before John Ewing took over as director at the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque, he was director of the Canton Film Society from 1975-1983. This month, Ewing pays tribute to that time by screening a couple of the movies he showed in his Canton days at the Cinematheque: Frank Capra's The Strong Man (Sept. 24 and 27) and the Soviet comedy Volga-Volga (Oct. 1 and 4), both of which will screen in new 35mm prints. Tickets: $8.