Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Video: "The Fixers" Project Tackles Cleveland Public Transit Ahead of RNC

Posted By on Tue, May 31, 2016 at 8:55 AM

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The second installment of "The Fixers" video project is now out. The series aims to give a glimpse into the life in Cleveland outside of downtown, outside of the area that is booming and building, outside of the area visitors for the RNC will see and enjoy. 

The project's organizers are a group of artists and filmmakers working with longtime (often lifelong) members of the community to shift, expand and deepen the dialogue during the RNC by asking locals what tour of the city they would take RNC delegates on if they had the chance.

The Fixers are led by local artist and author Kate Sopko, who encourages public dialogue through social experiments and projects that border between public art and social transformation.

"In journalism, a fixer is someone who a foreign correspondent will hire going into another country," Kate Sopko explains. "They give quick access to a story. This project is asking people who culturally operate as fixers in Cleveland what tour of the city they would give delegates if given the chance. Under the marked media gaze we expect that week, this project aims to bring local voices to the fore to narrate a deeper story of how political decision-making impacts the lives of Clevelanders, for better or for worse."

The first video in the series can be found here. The second, which follows Marvetta Rutherford and focuses on the city's sub-par public transit operation, can be viewed below.

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