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Sunday, January 27, 2008 The Plain Dealer Breaking news: cleveland.com Sunday Arts J7 LOCAL MEDIA Filmmaker from Chagrin Falls screens first feature at Sundance Cleveland area and took the idea trasts between urban and rural. with him to Los Angeles. "North Starr" was filmed in Starr" is the story of gust 2006 for about $100,000. Demetrious (Jerome Hawkins), He hopes his film eventually will who witnesses the murder of his be shown in theaters. best friend and decides to escape He graduated from Chagrin thug life in Houston.

During a Falls High School in 1988 and trip across Texas, Demetrious be- moved to Los Angeles in 1996. friends a black cowboy, Darring The self-taught filmmaker has (Stanton), and the pair winds up worked in television production in a segregated town with a dark and studied theater at Loyola secret. Marymount University in Los Why pull double duty as direc- Angeles. tor and actor? The film is Stanton's wasn't a stretch for me," tion of racial dynamics and viewStanton said. "I was sick of play- points.

Stanton gained an acute ing pathetically written charac- awareness of racial divisions ters." growing up in a multiracial famHe considered filming in ily of adopted kids. "North Starr" Cleveland, but instead chose doesn't assign blame, but emTexas for its wide skies and con- phasizes trust and connections, AMYSANCETTA ASSOCIATED PRESS "North Starr" writer-director Matthew Stanton, right, and actor Jerome Hawkins arrive at last week's premiere of their film at the Sundance Film Festival. Stanton grew up in Northeast Ohio and filmed his movie, which deals with race relations, in Texas. Life doesn't get much better than screening your first feature film for Julie sold-out audiWashington ences at the Sundance Film Festival. Just ask Matthew Stanton, writer, director and actor in the drama "North Starr." "There were a lot of wet and teary eyes," he said, speaking Monday, a day after the movie premiered.

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"It's going beyond the obvious," Stanton said. Sharpton switched WERE 1490 is launching a weekday morning team, returning to brokered programming and switching Al Sharpton's syndicated radio program to sister station WJMO As announced, WERE dropped its urban talk format highlighting syndicated shows such as the "2 Live Stews" after the first of the year because of low ratings. The station will fill the time after 9 a.m. with bro- Sharpton Sharpton kered programming, which allows anyone who can pay for time (about $300 an hour) to fill it. Right now, the station is working to sell blocks of time, said Radio One Vice President and General Manager Chris Forgy.

Until a solid lineup is in place, WERE will air news, sports and talk from Dallas-based USA Radio Network. Forgy put "Keeping It Real With Rev. Al Sharpton" on WIMO 1 to 4 p.m. weekdays to appease fans who were upset to learn the activist's show was leaving WERE. Speaker, poet and writer Basheer Jones headlines WERE's "The first laugh-out-loud comedy of the new year!" James Thomas, "First (ABC) SUNDAY CrimeDoesntPray.com PG-131 a4 AN SOUSEN BENT NOW PLAYING CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS FOR.

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The reason: Channel 3 wanted a fulltime reporter in that slot, and she wanted to remain part-time to spend time with her family, Smith said. Channel 3 "wanted someone who would produce pieces for the next day," said Smith, who is mom to 3-year-old Danielle and 1-year-old D.J. Smith left WJW Channel 8 in 2005 because she wanted a parttime position; she joined Channel 3 in 2005. Smith said she left Channel 3 on friendly terms. Bye, Butte WEWS Channel 5 is changing leadership.

Vice President and General Manager John Butte announced his retirement, effective Thursday, Jan. 31. He held the position about two years, and is leaving before the crucial February sweeps. In an e-mail to staff, Butte' noted that he and the station are "THE BEST ROMANTIC COMEDY IN A VERY LONG TIME" Bill Bregoli, WESTWOOD ONE: HILARY GERARD SWANK BUTLER P.S. Love Von WARNER www.psiloveyoumovie.com For Message LOVE and you 20 CODE co*ck NOW SHOWING CHECK DIRECTORIES FOR LISTINGS 60 years old, and the time felt right to retire.

"It's that knowing when to hold 'em knowing when to walk away' thing," he wrote. Butte is closing a 43-year broadcasting career. His replacement has not been announced. Before coming to Channel 5, he was vice president and general manager of Ohio News Network, a 24-hour cable news channel, from 1996 to 2003. Butte came to Channel 5 as news director in 2004.

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