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For Immediate Release

July 25, 2011

Contact: Lesley King Fry (419) 995-8671 or Pam Joseph (419) 995-8284

Dinner and a Movie with Brian Keegan brings comedy and culture to Ohio State Lima

Popular foreign film and culinary nights planned for late summer

For more than 15 years, chef and film buff Brian Keegan has presented more than 75 award-winning foreign films coupled with authentic dinners that match the country of origin of those films. This summer Keegan’s popular and innovative project will again be hosted on the campus of The Ohio State University at Lima.

The dinners will be served in the Reed Hall Cafeteria adjacent to the Martha W. Farmer Theatre for the Performing Arts where the films will be shown. In keeping with project tradition, the films selected for the 2011 summer series have both had successful showings at international film festivals:

Thurs., Aug. 25 – Happy-Go-Lucky (United Kingdom, 2008) Director Mike Leigh’s award-winning Happy-Go-Lucky follows the exploits of Poppy, a relentlessly cheerful schoolteacher who is much more than the free-spirit she seems at first. Starring Sally Hawkins and nominated for 45 international festival awards (including the Oscars and Golden Globes) that yielded 15 wins, the film also earned a four-star rating and a big "thumbs up" from Roger Ebert.

Thurs., Sept. 22 – Italian for Beginners (Denmark, 2000) Directed by Lore Sherfig, Italian for Beginners is produced as a Dogma film (using natural light, real settings and no computer generated images) and transcends that school’s usual focus on eccentrics to create a charming and warm romantic comedy/drama about seven people using beginning Italian lessons as a means of meeting romantic prospects. Nominated for 43 international awards, winning 20.

As in the past, doors and a cash bar will open at 6:00 p.m., dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. and the film will be shown at 7:45 p.m. Tickets are $30 per evening. Tickets for the movie only are $5 per person per show.

For more information or to reserve tickets, call the Ohio State Lima Box Office at (419) 995-8382.

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