AVER partners with CIFF for film “Ask Not”

The Cleveland International Film Festival is just a week away. It’s the largest film festival between New York and Chicago, running 11 days, and screening 140 feature- and 170 short films from more than 60 countries. Thousands of people flock to Cleveland from all around the world for this event.

This year, AVER – American Veterans for Equal Rights – is a proud “Community Partner” for the film “Ask Not” :

The film will be showing at:
Friday, March 20 at 11:50 am – ASKN20
Saturday, March 21 at 9:20 am – ASKN21
Sunday, March 22 at 7:00 pm – ASKN22 , w/ FilmForum

Director(s): Johnny Symons      Runtime: 73 minutes
“A nationwide shortage of military recruits threatens US national security. But nearly 12,000 fully capable men and women have been discharged from the military as a result of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. Instituted as a compromise in President Clinton’s campaign to end discrimination in the military in 1993, the policy has often done more harm than good. Thousands of soldiers lead double lives, risking their mental stability to support their country. Others do not even bother enlisting. Despite discouragement from friends and family, “Perry” has recently enlisted, relying on “don’t tell” as he endangers his life in Iraq. Amongst the discharges is linguist Alex Nicholson, fluent in Arabic as well as four other languages, who has embarked on a tour of college campuses to educate servicemen and civilians about the discriminatory practices of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

In ASK NOT, Johnny Symon (Director of “Daddy and Papa” – 26th CIFF) reveals the absurd, heartbreaking effects this policy has had on countless individuals and the nation at large, while offering hope in the form of the brave soldiers and civilians determined to revoke this questionable government ruling.” – E.J.B.

As a “Community Partner” – AVER has been given a discount code for film festival tickets, and invites all those who support AVER and support lifting the ban on open and honest service for LGBT Americans to take advantage of this special rate. Information is as follows:

$2.00 off a ticket purchase for the 33RD Cleveland International Film Festival

March 19-29, 2009
Tower City Cinemas

Online: Use the code “AVER” when purchasing tickets at www.clevelandfilm.org (available 24 hours a day)
Phone: Use the code “AVER” when calling the Cleveland International Festival Store at 877.304.FILM (3456).
Store: Use the code “AVER” at the Cleveland International Film Festival Store in the lobby of Tower City Cinemas.

Ticket prices (before discount):
$10 Cleveland International Film Festival Members
$12 Non-members
$10 Students and Seniors (day of show only)

This coupon is good for any Festival film screening.

Additional restrictions may apply.

Advance tickets are available at the Cleveland International Film Festival Store in the lobby of Tower City Cinemas (230 W Huron Rd / Cleveland). Store hours between March 6 and 19 are as follows: Monday – Saturday, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., and Sunday, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.  Store hours between March 20 and March 28 are as follows: 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. daily. Store hours on March 29 are as follows:  8:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.

“Day of Show” tickets are available at the Tower City Cinemas Box Office.

Visit www.clevelandfilm.org  for Film Festival program updates and comprehensive information about the 33RD Cleveland International Film Festival.

FREE PARKING WHEN AVAILABLE is offered to CIFF patrons in the Tower City Center Self-Parking Garage (off Huron Road) and Tower City Amphitheater Parking at Riverview (off Canal Road).

  • Patrons must have their parking ticket validated in the Tower City Cinemas lobby.
  • Visit www.towercityparking.com for additional parking options.