Akron Native's Documentary Film About Disney's 'Dark Side' to Screen at Akron Public Library

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A Digital Filmmaking Artist-in-Residence with Young Audiences New York and a member of the Tribeca Film Institute's Teaching Artist roster, director Philip Swift, who grew up in Akron, has built an impressive resume of films. His short documentary "Sincerely, PV Reese" was shortlisted for the 2010 Vimeo Awards (and it served as the opening night selection at the 2010 Akron Film Festival). A documentary about Celebration, Floriday, 2013’s The Bubble, delivers “an objective oral history of the town that Disney built.” It's currently available through Amazon.

Swift will host a screening of his latest film, The Dark Side of Disney, a movie inspired by the bestselling book of the same name, at 7 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 28, at the Akron Public Library Main Branch auditorium. The film centers on a community of people who identify as "Darksiders." They jump off the rides and film behind the scenes at the park. They even create Disney employee ID badges to sneak into the Magic Kingdom.

A Q&A with Swift and participants from the film follows the screening. In addition, Nuevo Modern Mexican and Tequila Bar Restaurant will offer a 15 percent discount on food and beverages to anyone who brings a ticket stub to the restaurant after the screening. Tickets for the film are available at the screening on the night of the event or online at dsoddoc.com.


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