‘Sons of Toledo’ premieres at the Peristyle

Toledoans take their seats for the premiere of ‘Sons of Toledo.’ (Jaden Jefferson)

TOLEDO, Ohio — Tonight, a screening of the film ‘Sons of Toledo’ was held at the Toledo Museum of Art Peristyle.

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The film follows the story of a local barber who wakes up to find his brother was shot and killed. Many familiar faces made cameos, including Toledo Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz, State Representative Paula Hicks-Hudson, JoJuan Armour, former commissioner of the Mayor’s Initiative to Reduce Gun Violence, and many others.

Dr. Matt Foss, associate professor of theatre and film at the University of Toledo, co-wrote and produced the film, and more than a dozen students worked as production assistants, actors, and photographers.

This local production has made its way to various film festivals, both national and international, including the Mammoth, Phoenix, FilmFest, and Tokyo International Short Film Festival.

This evening’s premiere began at 6:30, with the screening of a documentary on the work of kids at the Mott Branch Library to promote peace in their neighborhoods.

Meanwhile, the museum says it is dedicated to truly fostering a positive, active relationship with the neighboring community.

“It’s very powerful, it’s very real. And each time I view it, I think about the impact of the things that we have going on in our community,” said David Bush, whose work includes mentoring young poets in the Glass City.

“We just went through two years of isolation, holding our digital devices in our hand to get instant gratification, and this is why everybody’s going through these problems, because they rather use their fist or gun or something like that — instead of just talking,” said Jodie Summers, who starred in the film.

As for how the film will be distributed so you can view it on your own time, that’s unknown at this time. But tonight’s premiere surely meant great things for those behind it.

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Jaden Jefferson

Jaden Jefferson

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