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In Search of a Thanksgiving Classic

The beginning of the holiday season is upon us, and that means it’s almost Thanksgiving. Many of us will be traveling to a loved one’s house to sit down to a Turkey dinner with family and friends. Maybe you’ll watch some football. Maybe you’ll even watch a movie as you fight off a food coma....

National Philanthropy Day

Today is National Philanthropy Day. Nonprofits and charities across America will be telling their stories in the hope that those who are able will give to their various causes and constituencies. As a nonprofit ourselves, the Greater Cleveland Film Commission (GCFC) will be doing the same. Our story is about creating a new industry in...

3 Classic (and One Not So Classic) Screenwriting Resources

For anyone who’s ever had a story to tell on the big screen, it all starts with the screenplay. Writers new and veteran alike can always use some helpful advice, whether it’s on story craft, formatting or selling the screenplay once it’s been written. As such, we’ve gathered this list of three classic screenwriting texts,...

The Impact of a New Industry

If you’ve followed us at all over the last few years, chances are you’ve seen these numbers before: $400 million, 1,700 and $2.01. These numbers come from an economic impact study GCFC commissioned from Cleveland State University on the impact of the Ohio Motion Picture Tax Credit, for which Ivan Schwarz and GCFC fought to...

Industry Spotlight: Ricky Volante – Sports & Entertainment Attorney

What is your role in Cleveland’s media production industry? I wear a few hats. I am an attorney (at Buckley King) that focuses on clients in and issues related to the sport and entertainment industries. Additionally, I am working on producing content of my own, as well as acquiring original content of others. On the...

GCFC FAQ: How does the tax incentive work?

In 2009, GCFC President Ivan Schwarz wrote and worked to pass the Ohio Motion Picture Tax Incentive, which has been the driver of much of our success in building Northeast Ohio’s media production industry. But how does it work? 35 states, including Ohio, have enacted a film tax incentive in some form over the last...

Movies Of Unusual Legacy: “The Princess Bride” at 30

This week marks the 30th Anniversary of the William Goldman classic, “The Princess Bride.” Three decades later, what stands out most about the film isn’t how equally funny and poignant it is. It isn’t the amazing characters like Inigo Montoya, Fezzik or Princess Buttercup and the amazing performers that brought them to life (Mandy Patinkin,...

McConaughey: “We Love Cleveland!”

Matthew McConaughey is the gift that keeps on giving. While on “Live with Kelly and Ryan” promoting his new film “The Dark Tower,” host Ryan Seacrest asked him about his recent stay in a treehouse, resulting in this Cleveland shoutout. Matthew McConaughey’s “White Boy Rick” wrapped production in Cleveland in June, and is set for...

Saint Martin’s Kick-Off Breakfast

This year, GCFC is continuing its partnership with Saint Martin de Porres High School’s Corporate Work Study Program and attended their Kickoff Breakfast to learn about student communication, initiative, time management and upcoming changes for the 2017-2018 school year. We’re excited to welcome back our returning Saint Martin’s student Camren Davis in the fall, and will...

GCFC Welcomes Our New Partner, Trinity High School

GCFC is always looking for new educational institutions to partner with, and this year we are partnering with Trinity High School in Garfield Heights. We will be hosting a Trinity Junior for the 2017/2018 school year, to help them not only learn about the media production industry and the pathways they might take through it,...