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Posted: 11/14/12

Benefit screening
for Octagon House

      Local film writer and director Mike Allore will hold a benefit screening of his award-winning film, "World of Art," at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 28, at the Emagine Theatre, 200 Barclay Circle, Rochester Hills. Tickets are $10 each, available at the door.
       Proceeds will benefit the Loren Andrus Octagon House, where some of the scenes in the film were shot.
       The story asks the question about the role of art in today's society. Its lead character, Arthur, who is an artist, has not been very inspired lately and doesn't know why. It takes being locked in a jail cell with living, famous art works to finally discover that he is not just an artist, but art itself. He has been letting the world of art down and now must confront what has been preventing him from reaching his full potential to make the world of art strong again.
       "The film also discusses how people deal with a high risk of failure, challenging us to question why we fear taking such risks when no one compels us to feel this way but ourselves," Allore said.
       His relationship with the Octagon House was a natural one.
       "I needed a location that had an historic look to it. The Octagon House was absolutely perfect. I could recreate both the paintings and the characters within those walls," he said.
       In addition to his film-making, Allore teaches multi-media and visual technology as part of the Center for Science and Industry in Utica Community Schools.

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