About Forgiveness (and a movie called “Over the Rhine”)

I have long since reached the age of serenity, wisdom, and quietude. I have reached the age, but those inimitable qualities seem somehow out of reach. Of course, I see them in flashes; sometimes I think they are here to stay but then I break a fingernail, the very one I use for hanging on. When I was young, old people knew all the answers. I don’t even know all the questions. I have given up on ever being wise. Fortunately, my patient Father allows me to dump all my messes at His feet. He keeps me from drowning in even the roughest seas but this article is not about me.

It is about a movie…not just any movie. This was the World Premiere of Over-the-Rhine, written and produced by Mitch Teemley. I write this article not as a review but as a thank you to Mitch and his cast and crew.

“Over-the-Rhine” was filmed primarily in the Over-the-Rhine arts district of Cincinnati, Ohio. It begins in a coffee shop. Ingrid, the shop owner makes mugs, runs the shop, and mothers her teenage employees. She molds both teens and pottery with a loving touch. I not only viewed the movie through the eyes of Ingrid, I became Ingrid. It was I who told Ms. Short Shorts with the mesh stockings to go change clothes.

That’s the thing about this movie; you don’t watch it, you live it. The characters are strong and vibrant. My brother,(ok, it was Ingrid’s brother) the priest, was so believable that when I spoke with the actor at the after show interaction, I felt as if I should kiss his ring. The movie will get inside you. It has moments so intense that you forget to breathe. The guard at the correctional facility gave comic relief with impeccable timing. I can see him clearly as I type this and I’m laughing again. Poor Anne Boleyn. (I won’t explain that, but you will understand at the perfect moment in the movie and you will laugh as I did, and you will feel the tension drain away, just as I did.) The teen roles in the movie are pivotal. The young heroin addict will test every fiber of your being.

There are moments of gut-wrenching grief, there are moments of rage, and there are moments of laughter. There is love. I would tell you the pain I felt when a heroin addict on a high ran down Ingrid’s son. I would tell you how much I hated what he did and how it hurt to see it, but those are moments that must be experienced.

“Over-the-Rhine” is about forgiveness. It does not just show you the way,  it takes you there.

Nota bene:
The World Premiere of Over-the-Rhine took place on June 13th at the Memorial Theatre in the Over the Rhine arts district in Cincinnati, Ohio. The red carpet opening and delectable array of magnificent culinary delights were as glamorous and gourmet as Hollywood itself. The after show interaction with cast and crew rounded out a perfect evening. It was an unforgettable event.
The movie has already been nominated for best picture, most inspirational picture and best musical score at the 2017 International Christian Film Festival. It has also been nominated for best drama for the International Christian Visual Media Association Conference in Cincinnati. Mitch Teemley’s “Over-the-Rhine” will circulate in early 2018. Ongoing updates
will be found here.

 

this article was originally published June 16, 2017

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