LIMA — When going to Lima’s Meeting Place on Market for a cup of coffee, chances are Len Archibald will be the one behind the counter. An employee at the Meeting Place for the past year and a half, Archibald enjoys his time working downtown.
“It’s a pretty cool place to work with a very creative staff,” he said. “Everyone there has been really cool.”
Originally from Toronto, Canada, Archibald appreciates the atmosphere the Meeting Place can provide.
“It’s a very unique environment having a coffee shop in downtown Lima,” he said. “There’s an appreciation for coffee and the coffee arts. It has a big-city feel.”
While Archibald is passionate about meeting the needs of the customers in the coffee shop, his interests go far beyond the coffee cup. Archibald was the driving force for creating the Northwest Ohio Film Festival, bringing independent film to Lima. After three years, Archibald is putting the festival on hiatus for this year, hoping to fine-tune the festival’s message to the public.
“We’re looking to plan it better,” he said. “There were a lot of things we did right, but there are a few things we want to improve on, so we’re going to work on those so when we start it back up, it’s going to be a very accessible festival to the general public in Lima.”
That does not mean Archibald will be removed from filmmaking, however. He is currently working on a new web series featuring the Meeting Place as well as several members of the community.
“I’m a perfectionist,” he said. “I want to make sure things are done right and professionally. We have a lot of people from throughout the Lima area who are helping out in terms of cast and crew. We also have some people from outside the area, such as Findlay and Toledo, who will be helping us out, too.”
The series, entitled “Mugshots,” will be posted on YouTube as well as the Meeting Place’s Facebook page. The first two episodes are set to film in March.
“We’re trying to give cameos to certain downtown businesses every episode,” Archibald said.