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Toledoan filming Ohio bands

January 3, 2008
By MaryAnn Kromer,
Nathan Elias works at a bookstore, but he’d rather be shooting footage for an independent film he hopes to release later this year. He plans to showcase a menagerie of musical groups in the documentary, “Cinema Musica: The Heart of Ohio.”

To get started, Elias set up a Web site and a MySpace page. He said he was surprised when the latter rececived more hits from a variety of musicians. MySpace also is where Elias found Dissonant Grace, whom he filmed and interviewed last fall. He has lost track of how many acts he has recorded.

“It’s not just rock ’n’ roll. It’s music of all genres,” Elias said. “And it’s not just people in bands. It’s people playing at bus stops and on the corner in the park.”

About 60 rock groups and 20 country acts responded to Elias’ call. The filmmaker said he currently is contacting hip hop artists and classical musicians. He expressed surprise at the number of “talented, inspired people” making music in the Buckeye State.

Some of the music Elias has documented doesn’t fall into a clear category. He called it “experimental.” Once the film is finished, he wants to submit it to independent film festivals “all over the globe.”

“It’s going to be screened all over the state,” Elias said. “It’s all to promote the music of Ohio … All this is about art — and art is life.”

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Nathan Elias made a stop at Java Rave to record the performance of Dissonant Grace.



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