Saturday, February 16, 2008
If you want to be inspired, and are within driving distance of Cleveland, you must come see this film: One Bad Cat, about the Reverend Albert Wagner, sinner, preacher, and painter. It was directed with care and precision by Tom Miller and produced by Nancy Dickenson, both former Clevelanders. (Dickenson once owned a folk art gallery on Mayfield Rd. in Little Italy.)
I am proud to have known "the Rev," as we called him, to have been welcome in his amazing home, and to have written about him and his work over the years. Also happy to have several of his paintings, which have not lost one sliver of vibrancy.
The film is screening at the Cleveland International Film Festival on March 13 (7 pm) and March 15 (4:15 pm). After the Thursday screening is a reception at SPACES at 9 pm. Come meet the filmmaker, the Rev's friends and family, including the mighty Sister Bonita, his daughter, who continues the ministry of The People Love People House of God.
There is also a show of his paintings at Convivium33 Gallery on E. 33rd Street, with an opening on Friday evening, March 14.
Check out the movie's trailer.
(The photo above is courtesy of Tesseract Films and shot by Janet Macoska.)