October 22, 2013
Lorentz Productions has completed another documentary film about Portsmouth — this time about the flood wall murals.
The documentary, "Beyond These Walls," will premiere at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2 at Shawnee State University's Vern Riffe Center for the Arts. The tickets are free with a limit of four tickets per person, and they are going fast.
Portsmouth Murals Inc. is sponsoring a Fundraiser and Dinner Reception at 6 p.m. before the film premiere. Tickets for the Fundraiser and Dinner Reception are $50 per person and include special reserved seating for the premiere of "Beyond These Walls," two complimentary beverage tickets, a dinner ticket in the Shawnee State University Sodexo Ballroom, and a Meet and Greet with the Muralist, the film Producer, the film Director and Cinematographer, and the Los Angeles Composer of the original music score for the film. Proceeds from the event will be used for maintenance of the murals.
The documentary tells the story behind the Portsmouth Floodwall murals and the role they play in transforming Scioto County.
As many communities struggle to survive in these economic times, the film explores how one river community came together to use art and history to bring visitors from all 50 states and around the world. It is one of the largest outdoor art exhibits in the world.
"The question of how to transform a struggling community into a vibrant place to live and work is a fascinating and relevant topic, especially in today's difficult economic climate," said John Lorentz, producer, Lorentz Productions.
The documentary delves into how the murals are helping to transform a struggling community into a vibrant place to live and work.
"To date, we are not aware of any film that has explored the unique and successful approach towards community-based art taken in Portsmouth," Lorentz said.
Free film premiere tickets may be picked up at the McKinley Box Office 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For Fundraiser and Dinner Reception tickets, contact the Scioto County Welcome Center at 740-353-7647.