Academy Award nominated American screenwriter and director Paul Schrader is set to visit the great old city of Cleveland this week. “I like Schrader’s attempts to address the “spirituality” of characters who often find themselves in sordid circumstances,” says Ewing, co-founder and director of the Cleveland Cinematheque located in the Cleveland Institute of Art. Paul Schrader has as been the pen behind such classic films as “Raging Bull” and “Taxi Driver”, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award and the director of such acclaimed films as “American Gigolo”, “Mishima” and “Affliction”, is headed to Cleveland for a rare appearance. The director will be in town to discuss his underrated and nearly forgotten film “Light of Day”, which was shot right here in Cleveland, Ohio just over 25 years ago. “Paul Schrader was approached by Grafton Nunes, the President of the Cleveland Institute of Art and a film scholar and former film producer,” Ewing says. “He used to work for Schrader, so he knows him. We tried to get Schrader to come to Cleveland a few years ago on our own, but couldn’t manage it.” Schrader filmed the music themed picture at such Cleveland staples as the Euclid Tavern and University Circle along with other East Side spots. Famed actor Michael J. Fox and rock legend Joan Jett star as brother and sister who lead a Cleveland rock-n-roll band trying make a name for themselves. Both are working class citizens who are struggling to make ends meet in the hard as nails blue collar world while trying to maintain a second life as musicians. “Light of Day” was never released on DVD, so fans hoping for a commentary track can instead settle for a Q & A with Schrader following the screening. In celebration of Schrader’s arrival, the Cinematheque will also play the director’s debut film “Blue Collar” tonight along with the Academy Award winning “Affliction” (on Thursday, March 17th), which took home the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. Tickets for the Paul Schrader attended March 18th screening of “Light of Day” is $15 for regular admission and $10 for Cinematheque members and CIA students and staff. Showtime starts at 7pm.