A Night of Music and Film, presented by Canton Film and the Canton Palace Theatre

Canton Film and the Canton Palace Theatre present: A Night of Music and Film, Celebrating Music Videos, Directors, and Artists.  The evening will feature music videos, Q&A with video directors, and live music performances.


Director: Nick Cavalier
Artist: Wish Queen
Video:  Magic

Director/Producer: Joe Lewis
Artist: Jean P the MC
Video:  330 Kids

Director: Daniel Carberry
Artist: Dua Lipa
Video: Let’s Get Physical

Director: Peter-John Campbell
Artist: Anya Van Rose
Video: Lucky Stars

Director: Sean McArdle
Artist: Hey Monea
Video: Duval

Live Performances By:
Jean P the MC
Hey Monea
Anya Van Rose

Doors Open: 6:30pm
Admission: $10 – General Admission Seating [tickets available in advance and at the door].  Students Free with Valid School ID.

2021 Canton Film Fest, in association with the Canton Palace Theatre, will host the 2021 Canton Film Festival in downtown Canton on April 24.   All events free and open to the public – Streaming option also available.  Reservations required by calling 330-454-8172 Monday – Friday 11am to 3pm.  Preorder concessions to pick up prior to showtime.


6:00 pm             Doors Open to the public

6:40 pm             Film Equipment Product Demo Cleveland Camera

6:50pm              Kilgen Organ pre-movie concert by Jay Spencer

7:00 pm             Public Premiere:  The Enormity of Life
Movie Synopsis: After a failed suicide attempt, a man receives a substantial inheritance from a long lost relative and meets a struggling single mom with an eccentric young daughter. Together they embark on a journey of self-discovery and healing.

8:45 pm             Post film Q&A with Eric Swinderman, Director and Carmen DeFranco, Executive Producer of The Enormity of Life moderated by Michael Wendt from Cleveland Film Commission

– We encourage everyone to watch The Enormity of Life on their own in advance of the Q&A
8:30 pm             Film Equipment Product Demo Cleveland Camera
8:45 pm             Post film Q&A with Eric Swinderman, Director of The Enormity of Life moderated by Michael Wendt from Cleveland Film Commission

About Eric Swinderman
Eric Swinderman is an Emmy nominated writer, director, and producer from Cleveland, OH. His films include the 2013 anthology film Made in Cleveland, starring Busy Philipps (Cougar Town, Freaks and Geeks) and Gillian Jacobs (Community), and The Enormity of Life, starring Breckin Meyer (Clueless, Road Trip), Emily Kinney (The Walking Dead) and Giselle Eisenberg (Life in Pieces, American Housewife) to be released April 6 on Apple TV.

Swinderman has also worked as an award-winning producer at NBC and ABC. He currently lives in Ohio with his wife Hortencia and their two daughters.

About Carmen DeFranco
Carmen DeFranco is an actor and writer, known for The Enormity of Life (2021) and Sports Jeopardy! (2014).

About Cleveland Film Commission
The Greater Cleveland Film Commission is a 501 private non-profit organization, also known as the Greater Cleveland Media Development Corporation. Its mission is to bring jobs and economic impact to Northeast Ohio through the growth of a sustainable media production industry. It accomplishes this goal through a rigorous program of attraction, advocacy, and workforce development. For more information visit:

Canton Film strives to recognize and support the often-overlooked creative community of Northeast Ohio by providing educational resources, networking, and opportunities to showcase the work of independent artists and filmmakers. For more information visit:

Sponsored in part by a grant from the Ohio Arts Council

CANCELLED: 2020 Canton Film Fest

As of March 19, 2020 the Canton Film Fest for 2020 has been cancelled.  Refunds for the base price of tickets already purchased will be processed at the point of sale.  Thank you., in association with the Canton Palace Theatre, will host the 2020 Canton Film Festival in downtown Canton on April 25.

4:30PM           Doors Open
5:00PM           Documentary Screening: Like Harvey Like Son
6:39PM           Documentary Ends
6:40PM           Q&A with Harvey Lewis
7:15PM           Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF) Winning Short Films
8:45PM           CIFF Q&A
9:15PM           Event Ends

Tickets: $15 Day Pass
$10 for Like Harvey Like Son only
$5 for the CIFF films only

“We the Parents”, presented by the Greater Stark County Urban League

The Greater Stark County Urban League hosts a night of film and discussion centered around the documentary, We the Parents.


We the Parents, a feature documentary film, follows the people and events surrounding the first ever school transformation under California’s ‘Parent Trigger’ law. Parents, with the help of the non-profit group Parent Revolution, gather signatures from over 51% of the families at McKinley Elementary School in Compton, CA. When their petitions are turned in to the district, demanding that a charter school take over McKinley, the controversy begins. Everyday people, who simply want a better life for their children, suddenly find themselves doing extraordinary things: appearing on television, speaking at press conferences, lobbying in the state capital, and becoming community leaders. On their journey they inspire a national movement and discover that education is a political beast.



RATED: Not Rated
RUN TIME: 1 hour, 2 minutes

Documentary Premiere: “Stark Men of Steel”

See the feature-length film at the Premier Showing Friday, March 22, 2024 at 5:30PM at the Canton Palace Theatre.

Synopsis: The film spans the introduction of the steel industry through its rise and decline in this Northeastern Ohio county. Filmed between 2016-2023, Stark Men of Steel includes the stories of men and women Steelworkers and the impact of their labor to their lives, families and the Community. There is an historical overview about the steel companies and their contribution to Ohio and the Country included. The films serves as an historical record of steel in Stark County Ohio.

More info here:


ADMISSION: $6, general admission.  Children under 12 are FREE and must have a ticket and be accompanied by a parent or guardian for entry.  Presale tickets available for purchase HERE.  Tickets also available at the door.
RATED: All Audiences
RUN TIME: 1 hour, 33 minutes

Documentary: “Lethal Nationalism”

Lethal Nationalism
Genocide of the Greeks
1913 – 1923

The powerful documentary film tells the largely forgotten, historically accurate story of the genocide of the Greeks – and other indigenous people of the region – at the hands of the Ottoman and Nationalist Turks over a ten-year period in the early 20th century. This harrowing true story is told via the voices of brave survivors and renowned historians and visualized by archival film, documentary photos, and artist renderings.

Nearly one-million Greeks were killed, many literally marched to their deaths, while millions more were uprooted from their ancestral homes in Asia Minor, Pontos, and Eastern Thrace (in present-day Turkey) as part of the Turkish campaign of ethnic cleansing of its non-Turkish Christian populations. This horrific genocide also included the systematic eradication of massive Armenian and Assyrian populations. This is a true story, told mainly from the Greek perspective. It has been carefully infused with the political dynamics – at every phase before, during, and after WWI – of the turbulent years from 1913 to 1923.

Bill Kurtis, the legendary voice of many award-winning documentaries and a heralded anchorman, narrates this powerful documentary, which deeply touched his heart. “This production is one of the most important projects that I’ve ever been associated with and it provides a sobering lesson as to why we should never forget the suffering that is caused by genocide.” -Bill Kurtis

This documentary was produced and directed – for nearly a decade – by Chicago-based director Peter Lambrinatos. His father, Spiro, served as a producer. Longtime Hellenic activist George Mavropoulos, who is featured in the film, also served as a producer through his Asia Minor and Pontos Research Center, which he also leads.

The tragic events of this first genocide of the 20th century have largely been forgotten. Had the world responded forcefully to this tragedy, many genocides – and the Holocaust – would likely have been avoided. Hitler unfortunately took note of the world’s silence. The voices of those martyred will no longer be silenced. The mantra “never again” must be repeated.

Audiences have been moved after screening this masterful film. It’s an experience that will never be forgotten, especially when viewed on the big screen, as it’s being shown at the Canton Palace Theatre on September 23, 2022. Q&A to follow with the filmmakers.

One night only on the big screen. Do not miss this life-changing event. Proceeds from the screening go to the AMPRC. The truth must be told.


ADMISSION: $10, general admission.
RATED: Not Rated
RUN TIME: 1 hour, 10 minutes

Community Movie: “Brian Banks”

The Mary Church Terrell Club and Simply Youth present a community movie featuring the Brian Banks story.


A football player’s dreams to play in the NFL are halted when he is wrongly convicted and sent to prison. Years later, he fights to clear his name within an unjust system.



Documentary: “Roll Red Roll”

Canton Film Festival, Canton Palace Theatre and Compass are hosting a FREE screening of Roll Red Roll documentary on Wednesday, September 18th.  Q&A panel with Joe Samalin of MenChallenging directly following the film.

*This film could be potentially triggering or sensitive.  The topic of sexual assault will be discussed in a manner that could be upsetting to some audiences.  If you feel triggered at any time during this event, a counselor from the Alliance Rape Crisis Center will be available to talk to.

Joe Samalin has been helping communities engage men and boys in gender-based violence prevention for over 20 years. He is the co-founder of MenChallenging, and is currently working as a consultant on with numerous colleges and universities, government agencies, and more. Prior to that he was Senior Program Manager for Community Mobilization & Leadership Development with Breakthrough, a global human rights organization that works to challenge the culture of violence against women and girls. He has been working to address violence against women and girls since he was an undergraduate student, and as an activist and organizer addresses domestic violence, sexual violence, and anti-stalking, through trainings and programming with hundreds of communities on these issues.


Roll Red Roll is a true-crime thriller and impact campaign that goes behind the headlines of the notorious Steubenville, Ohio rape case to uncover the deep-seated and social media-fueled “boys will be boys” culture at the root of high school sexual assault in America. The film unflinchingly asks, why didn’t anyone stop it? The impact campaign engages communities around the nation to answer this question for themselves, creating opportunities, tools and pathways for men and boys to challenge ingrained thinking about masculinity and explore their leadership potential in the fight against gender-based violence.

Roll Red Roll shifts the lens and burden from the victim to the perpetrators, bystanders, witnesses, and communities to understand and address the problem. By examining harmful notions of masculinity, Roll Red Roll is shining a light on “rape culture”— a culture that allows sexual assault to be normalized and dismissed. At the heart of this film and campaign, we are opening up a national dialogue that engages men and boys including fathers, coaches, and teens, to get involved in the work to prevent violence and shift culture.

As both an educational tool and a catalyst for social and behavioral change, Roll Red Roll is uniquely poised to incite critical conversations with students, thought leaders and grassroots activists working to eliminate gender violence. Director Nancy Schwartzman, a globally recognized human rights activist, has been using film and technology to transform the culture around gender-based violence for over 10 years. Never have we been so primed for this conversation.



Movie Screening: Farmers For America

Canton, Ohio…  The McKinley Presidential Library & Museum will host a FREE screening of the documentary Farmers for America at The Palace Theatre on September 24 at 7:00 PM. The program is part of Project EAT!, a countywide initiative that celebrates food in Stark County in 2019. The event is sponsored by Arts in Stark.

Narrated by Mike Rowe, this film examines the central question of “Who will feed us?” in the future.  The average age of the U.S. farmer is 60. Half of America’s farmland is going to change hands in the next 12 years. 20% of our food is imported. This is the story of young people who are stepping up.

Stark County has a rich food history starting with our agricultural roots and continuing into the present with urban and rural farming, field-to-fork restaurants and many other food-focused agencies.  Project Eat! highlights the many great existing programs doing work in our community, while showcasing exciting new food-related events created throughout the Stark County area in 2019.  Partners include the McKinley Presidential Library & Museum, Canton Museum of Art, Massillon Museum, First Ladies National Historic Site, Stark Fresh, Canton Food Tours, Palace Theatre, Carpe Diem, Kent State Stark, Walsh University Food Design Institute, Visit Canton, and Arts in Stark.  For a complete list of programs, visit

The McKinley Presidential Library & Museum is located at 800 McKinley Monument Dr NW in Canton.  The Keller Gallery is the Museum’s temporary exhibition space and features a variety of topics each year.  The Museum also includes the McKinley National Memorial, McKinley Gallery, Street of Shops, The Stark County Story, Discover World, and the Hoover-Price Planetarium.  The Museum is open Monday – Saturday from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM and Sunday from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM.


The average age of the U.S. farmer is 60.  Half of America’s farmland is going to change hands in the next 12 years.  20% of our food is imported.  This is the story of young people who are stepping up.


RUN TIME: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Documentary: “MOMO, The Missouri Monster”, presented by Small Town Monsters


A new “docu-drama” from indie film production company, Small Town Monsters, seeks to tell the true, and truly strange story of the Missouri Monster. The hair-covered, three-toed monstrosity was said to have prowled the forests of “Star Hill” near Louisiana, Missouri during the summer of 1972 where it was seen by terrified citizens for weeks. The case gained national media attention during the 70’s and remains one of the largest tourist draws for the tiny town, which sits on the banks of the Mississippi River.

The latest release from Small Town Monsters and director, Seth Breedlove, is told in narrative and documentary form. The narrative sections appear under the guise of a lost b-movie from the 70s. The horror film depicts the widely believed details of the MOMO story (said to have been inspired by Breedlove’s love of grindhouse movies and old “creature features”) and is eventually contradicted and corrected by the actual people who lived through the events. The film stars Adam Duggan and Sara Heddleston, as well as Animal Planet’s Cliff Barackman and James “Bobo” Fay with special appearances by Janet Jay and Elizabeth Saint (Ghosts of Shepherdstown).


ADMISSION: $7, general admission. Tickets also available at the door.
RUN TIME: 1 hour, 22 minutes

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