by | Aug 25, 2022 | Newsletter




It’s time to get your tix for this weekend

How Claymation’s Will Vinton lost his studio
to Nike’s Phil Knight
Mad Max: Mel Gibson’s launchpad
Powerful short films in LUNAFEST

Will Vinton and Phil Knight



Will Vinton and Nike’s Phil Knight


More from this weekend’s documentary, ClayDream:
The heartbreaking saga of Will, Phil and Chilly Tee revealed.

As Vinton Studios pursued larger projects and staff increased, the studio became a business and cash flow became an issue. An artist with little business expertise, Vinton hired professional managers, who opened the door to outside investors. Phil Knight, billionaire founder of NIKE, invested $5 million for a 15% share of Vinton Studios and arranged for his son Travis (aka Chilly Tee, wannabe rap vocalist) to have a job in the production department.

Definite bad omen: when your lawyer also represents the man worth $Billions who plans to force you out…

As a result of the downturn in advertising after 9/11/01, finances were shaky. Facing possible bankruptcy, Vinton then sold a majority stake in his studios to Phil Knight in 2002. Within one year, Knight positioned his son on the board and forced Will Vinton out of the company he founded.

Join us for the rest of the story…

Friday August 26, 7:00 pm
Saturday August 27, 4:00 pm

Sunday August 28, 4:00 pm

Get tickets now:
Trailer; film summary, review and synopsis; tickets.
Adult & Student tickets, $10 & $8 advance; $15 & $12 door.

CLAYDREAM tracks the rise and fall of the Oscar-, Emmy- and Clio-winning artist Will Vinton and his animation studio, who gave us the iconic California Raisins, Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker, the M&Ms candy characters, the Adventures of Mark Twain, Disney’s Return to Oz, the bust of Bette Middler on Mt. Rushmore, to name a few.


Phil and Travis Knight
Phil and Travis (Chilly Tee) Knight





Secret Base Cinema returns to the Garfield with the R-rated “MAD MAX” double feature. One day only, Saturday September 3, 4:00 & 7:00 pm.
Join us for a pair of the classic cult action films that started Mel Gibson’s career, MAD MAX & MAD MAX 2 !!

Trailers, details, tickets
Single and double-feature tickets:
$10 & $16 advance; $15 & 24 door.

Lunafest 2022



Benefit Screenings

Wednesday September 14, 7:00 pm
and Sunday September 18, 4:00 pm
Post-film Discussion

Since 2006, Cincinnati World Cinema has been proud to present LUNAFEST. This year’s exciting slate of short films features eight short films that engage and inspire. 

Proceeds from the LUNAFEST screenings will be shared with Women in Film Cincinnati and Black Women Celebrating Change, two local non-profit organizations dedicated to helping women achieve their highest potential.

Everything you need to know is here:
Trailer; film descriptions; filmmaker and discussion leader bios; parking; tickets.

Tickets are $15 in advance; $20 at the door.







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