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That’s a Wrap: ‘Queen & Slim’

Congratulations to the film Queen & Slim cast and crew for wrapping the Cleveland portion of their filming last week! Universal Pictures’ Queen & Slim, starring Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out) and Jodie Turner-Smith (Nightflyers), filmed scenes on the east side of Cleveland over four nights last week, despite the formidable cold. Queen & Slim is the story of a couple...

Cleveland Connection to ‘Desolation Center’ at Slamdance Film Festival

There’s a Cleveland connection at this year’s Slamdance Film Festival with the U.S. premiere of the documentary film Desolation Center. This documentary is the untold story of Reagan-era guerrilla punk rock desert happenings that are now recognized as inspirations for Burning Man, Lollapalooza and Coachella. Directed by the events’ organizer, Desolation Center is the true story of...

Ohio Motion Picture Tax Credit Gaining National Attention

From directors to make up artists, those who work and want a job in the film and television industry are waking up to the notion that Ohio could be their next home. The Greater Cleveland Film Commission (GCFC) is spearheading work to increase the Ohio Motion Picture Tax Credit from $40 million to $100 million...

2019 Oscars® Cleveland Connection

The 2019 Oscar® nominations were just announced, and there are Cleveland connections to at least two of the nominees! Nominated for Best Animated Feature, Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse’s local tie is Cleveland Native Brian Michael Bendis, former Marvel Comics writer and executive producer of the film. Bendis created the main character Miles Morales. Into The Spider-Verse also...

GCFC Partner Spotlight: Cohen & Company

As accountants and consultants, Cohen & Company knows a thing or two about being creative and innovative. Since first opening their doors in Cleveland more than 40 years ago, their story tells a tale of helping business owners in Northeast Ohio and beyond see their business from a new perspective, find opportunities and seize them....

2019 Golden Globe ® Cleveland Connection

Congratulations to executive producer Graham Yost for The Americans 2019 Golden Globe® win for Best Drama Series. Graham was a special guest at our Behind the Camera with Band of Brothers Reunion Event on November 10th, 2018. Graham wrote two episodes for the HBO series, which won six Emmy® Awards and a Golden Globe®. Graham also joined Band...

Cleveland Films ‘Native Son’ & ‘Them That Follow’ Selected for Sundance

Congratulations to Native Son and Them That Follow for being selected for the 2019 Sundance Film Festival! Native Son has been chosen as one of the films which will open the festival. Directed by Rashid Johnson, written by Suzan-Lori Parks, and produced by Matthew Perniciaro and Michael Sherman, Native Son is a modern retelling of Richard Wright’s classic novel. A...

Ohio’s First Stand-Alone Film School is Now Open!

Ohio’s First Stand-alone Film School is Now Open! “We are primed to be a player in this industry if we choose.” President and CEO Ivan Schwarz spoke passionately yesterday about the potential of the Cleveland film industry, and the importance of the CSU School of Film & Media Arts. The new school had its official...

GCFC Partner Spotlight: fire food and drink

Chef Douglas Katz, a native Clevelander and owner of fire food and drink on historic Shaker Square, is an advocate for all things Cleveland and its unique neighborhoods.  For almost 18 years, he has overseen the success of fire food and drink, in addition to serving as the Chef Partner at Provenance at The Cleveland...

GCFC Member Spotlight: Bernie Golias

For automotive enthusiast and historian, GCFC Member Bernie Golias, being a part of the excitement and opportunities in Cleveland’s film industry gives him a sense of how it must have felt to be alive during the birth of the automotive industry. “To me, Cleveland was ‘The Original Motor City’ as it led the way with...