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Wednesday, March 18, 2020

CIFF Puts Out a Call for Donations

Posted By on Wed, Mar 18, 2020 at 9:58 AM

In the wake of the cancellation of what would've been the 44th iteration of the Cleveland International Film Festival, organizers have put out a call for donations.

"We are heartbroken that, as a Film Festival Family, we will not have the opportunity to experience CIFF44’s amazing films and talented filmmakers together," reads the press release sent out earlier today. "However, we support the decisions made by Mayor Frank Jackson and Governor Mike DeWine to protect the health and safety of all Ohioans in the face of COVID-19."

Because so many of the Film Festival’s costs are spent in advance, they're largely not recoverable. Substantial income from ticket sales has been lost as well, leaving the organization with "unprecedented and extraordinary financial challenges – unlike anything our nonprofit organization has ever faced before."

As a result, CIFF is asking for donations of any amount. CIFF44 sponsorships can also be turned into the donations, and instead of requesting a refund, you can donate the cost of tickets, memberships or any other purchases made in advance.

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Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Update: Following a Volume of 100 Songs He Released Two Years Ago, Cleveland Musician Releases Another 100 Songs

Posted By on Tue, Mar 17, 2020 at 10:30 AM

  • Courtesy of Paul Francis
Update: Two years ago, local musician Paul Francis composed and recorded 100 audio tracks that he made available to local filmmakers, so they could use the tracks on the soundtracks to their films.

Dubbed Contribution, that project proved to be fairly successful, and Francis has now just released another 100 tracks.

“I call them soundscapes,” he says of the music. “They’re atmospheric mood pieces that I leave open, so they can be used for anything. They’re not meant to be used for anything specific. I was extremely satisfied with the outcome of the first project from all the connections I made. Networking was a big part of the project especially when I was starting out. I met some awesome Cleveland film folks. I was also able to show the community’s talent because a decent number of local artists were involved.”

His songs from the first volume appeared in several short films and in ads for restaurants. Some music appeared in a NASA documentary. A California filmmaker also used some tracks in a documentary about a famous snowboarder, and Francis's music is on the soundtrack to the Cleveland Clinic short documentary “Hawk’s Heroic Tale.”

Other artists involved include Bryan Robinson, Ryan Koppelman, Christine Lewis and Sierra Townsend.

Francis wrote and recorded all the new songs himself, and you can hear his music in a short film directed by Fernando Lopez.

You can hear all the new music here.

Contribution Vol. 2 from Paul Francis on Vimeo.

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Monday, March 16, 2020

'Phoenix, Oregon,' an Independent Film Opening in Ohio on Friday, Offers Alternative At-Home Viewing Option

Posted By on Mon, Mar 16, 2020 at 9:34 AM

The new independent film Phoenix, Oregon, is set to open at the Movies 10 & Movies 10 Arcade in Nelsonville and at the Pierce Point Cinema in Amelia on Friday. As public gatherings have been canceled and social distancing becomes the new norm, the film’s distributors have offered an alternative at-home viewing option that'll still send revenue to the theaters where the film is slated to screen.

Theaters will get the revenue even if they have to close.

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Sunday, March 15, 2020

The Nightlight in Akron is Closed Until Further Notice

Posted By on Sun, Mar 15, 2020 at 4:46 PM

Citing the safety of its staff and patrons, the Nightlight, an independent theater in Akron, has just announced it'll be closed until further notice because of coronavirus concerns.

"We will be asking for support along with our community during this tough time," reads a press release issued earlier today. "For now, take care of your loved ones. We will be issuing refunds for anyone that requests them for advanced tickets. Thank you to everyone who has supported us already, please take care."

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Friday, March 13, 2020

Upcoming Screening of 'The Effects,' a Film Written by a 16-Year-Old Cleveland Metropolitan School District Student, Has Been Postponed

Posted By on Fri, Mar 13, 2020 at 1:49 PM
Update: Due to coronavirus concerns, organizers have decided to postpone an upcoming screening of The Effects, a film about deportation that is written by a 16-year-old Cleveland Metropolitan School District student. "We believe The Effects is a story that must be shared in order to help our families and communities support each other during these difficult times," reads a press release announcing the postponement. "We hope you will stay with us, save your tickets and plan to attend the rescheduled event. If you already purchased your tickets online, we have your name saved in our database. When the new date is identified in April or May, it will be posted on Facebook and will be on the homepage of the website,"

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Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Tegan and Sara to Perform at House of Blues in August

Posted By on Wed, Mar 11, 2020 at 10:26 AM

  • Warner Bros. Records
During the course of their career, the indie rock duo Tegan and Sara has sold well over one million records and received three Juno Awards as well as various other accolades. In 2016, they created the Tegan and Sara Foundation, which fights for health, economic justice, and representation for LGBTQ girls and women.

They’ve just announced that they’ll return to the road for an extensive North American summer tour supporting their latest release, Hey, I’m Just Like You.

They'll perform on Aug. 11 at House of Blues.

An on-sale date for tickets is yet to be determined.

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Monday, March 9, 2020

Cleveland International Film Festival Tickets Go on Sale Friday

Posted By on Mon, Mar 9, 2020 at 4:30 PM

  • Photo by Emmanuel Wallace
Tickets for the 44th annual Cleveland International Film Festival go on sale this Friday at 11 a.m. The two-week film spectacle features 227 short films and 212 feature films, representing more than 80 countries.

The film festival, running from March 25 through April 5, is priced at $16 per screening. Tickets can be purchased online at, over the phone at 877-304-3456 or in person at the Tower City Cinemas box office located on 230 W. Huron Rd.

While most of the festival action goes down at Tower City Cinemas, screenings are happening at other venues as well, including the Gordon Square Arts District and Cedar Lee Theatre.

Back in January, it was announced that the festival is moving to Playhouse Square next year, and will screen at all its famous theaters like the Allen Theater, KeyBank State Theatre, Mimi Ohio Theatre and Connor Palace. But that news is not to be confused with this year's festivities.

The festival opens with the film Military Wives at 7 p.m. on March 25, and ends with the film Dream Horse at 7 p.m. on April 5.

Find out more here.

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