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GCFC Partner Spotlight: Playhouse Square

  Gina Vernaci, President & COO of Playhouse Square, sees great synergy between the film and theater industries, “First and foremost, we are both telling stories. But beyond that, the skills needed overlap. Both industries must have actors, of course, but also carpenters, electricians, make-up artists, hair and wig stylists, plus costume, lighting, set and...

‘Native Son’ Premiere on HBO

Native Son, which filmed in Northeast Ohio last year, will premiere on HBO on April 6th at 10:00 pm! Native Son was chosen as one of the films which opened the 2019 Sundance Film Festival and will premiere on HBO on Saturday, April 6th at 10:00 pm. Directed by Rashid Johnson, written by Suzan-Lori Parks, and...

And Action! Edge Magazine Feature

Ohio’s increasing film tax credit key to a sustainable state film industry By Alex Semerano Partner, Director-CFO Services Pease & Associates, LLC The filming of The Avengers brought movie making to the spotlight on the corner of East 9th and Euclid Avenue in Cleveland in 2011. Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson offered a...

Northeast Ohio film industry readies for its closeup

Crain’s Cleveland Business has been following the Cleveland Film industry closely, sitting down with GCFC President & CEO Ivan Schwarz at the beginning of the year to discuss increasing the Ohio Motion Picture Tax Credit and what the proposed increase to $100 million will mean for Northeast Ohio. The recent conversation with Robbie Chernow of...

43rd CIFF Features Local Films & Filmmakers

The 43rd Annual Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF) will showcase the talent of many local films and filmmakers this year! Every year, CIFF showcases the best of local filmmakers in addition to those from across the country, and around the world.  The festival is featuring many local shorts and films made about Ohio, filmed in...

‘I See You’ Premiere at CIFF

I See You will have its Cleveland premiere at the Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF)! The thriller filmed in Cleveland last summer, just one of many films and TV shows that used Northeast Ohio as their film set last year. With a production of over 100 cast and crew members, 60 were local crew, 50 were...

Ivan Schwarz: Building an Industry

GCFC President & CEO Ivan Schwarz was a guest speaker at the recent CreativeMornings Cleveland talk hosted by the Cleveland State University School of Film & Media Arts. CreativeMornings Cleveland started off their 2019 series by thinking about the SURREAL, the bizarre, and the extraordinary; what better way to start this series than by talking...

Phishing Scam Targeting CLE Crew

It has come to our attention that there is another potential identity phishing scam going around targeting Northeast Ohio film crew. One of our local crew members was contacted by Attic Films, or Attic Films Productions, saying they had a series of short films they were looking to film here.  They sent a fraudulent check...

The Fabulous Boomer Boys with Ivan Schwarz

Greater Cleveland Film Commission President & CEO Ivan Schwarz was recently the Special Guest of The Fabulous Boomer Boys, in honor of Oscars® week.   The Fabulous Boomer Boys and Ivan had fun, discussing the Cleveland Film scene, Ivan’s career, and what’s in store for Northeast Ohio’s media production industry in 2019.  Ivan discussed the...

‘I See You’ World Premiere at SXSW

Congratulations to I See You which will have its world premiere at the SXSW Film Festival in March! I See You was one of several films made in Cleveland last summer. Out of over 100 production cast and crew members, 60 were local crew, 50 were local extras, and 16 local actors were cast in speaking roles!...