Local grindhouse festival now taking submissions

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Slated to take place at the Beachland Ballroom in late November, the first annual Cleveland Grindhouse Film Festival is now taking submissions. Films must be shot in Cleveland or with Cleveland-based crew and talent. “We’re looking for anything from exploitation to sexploitation,” says organizer Brenna Lee Roth (The Road, Killer Biker Chicks), an actress from Lakewood now living in Venice Beach, California. “Anything you would see at a drive-in theater in the ’70s or ’80s. Something like Jaws, Dirty Harry or The French Connection.” Roth is working with the local non-profit company Growing Our Future Today to raise funds for an ethanol documentary set to start filming in the spring. Winning entries will be screened at the festival, which will also feature appearances by Playboy model Lisa Neeld (The Road, Killer Bike Chicks) and Another World’s Robyn Griggs (Zombiegeddon). Neeld is in a film called The Girl, and a clip from that film will show at the festival. “Robyn [pictured] and I have been friends have been friends because we’re both actresses and know a lot of the same people. We both work on horror movies now. Lisa I just met a few weeks ago. She’s a mom, and I’m a mom. She just happens to be a Playboy model.” Roth will also be in attendance. For submission info, contact clevelandgrindhouse@gmail.com.

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