Platform Beer Co. Non-Profit Tuesday Supporting GCFC

The Greater Cleveland Film Commission Associate Board invites you to Non-Profit Tuesday at Platform Beer Co. next Tuesday, December 6th from 6 – 8 pm!
$1 from every beer sold will be donated to the GCFC and will help fund education programs like our high school FilmSkills training course. Support our raffle for a chance to win fun Cleveland-themed prizes!
Join us at the Platform Beer Co. Cleveland Taproom to learn more about GCFC’s mission to create jobs and drive business to Ohio, and drink for a good cause.

Tuesday, December 6th, 2022
6:00 – 8:00 pm

Platform Beer Co. – Cleveland Taproom
4125 Lorain Ave, Cleveland, OH 44113
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Free street parking is available after 6:00 pm

GCFC Year-End Media Mixer

It’s time for the GCFC Year-End Media Mixer!

Join the GCFC for the final Media Mixer of 2022 at Music Box Supper Club!

Thursday, December 15th, 2022
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Music Box Supper Club
Upstairs Concert Hall
1148 Main Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44113
Directions & Parking Info

Media Mixers are FREE networking events that allow current and aspiring film professionals to network with each other, learn what’s filming in Northeast Ohio, and what’s new for the GCFC.

Attendees are encouraged to meet new people and talk about upcoming projects and potential opportunities. These events are part of the GCFC’s Workforce Development efforts, always working to make sure our local professionals can network and share ideas about growing the media industry in Northeast Ohio.

Industry Mixer for Mansfield, Crestline, or Ashland Area Film Professionals

The Braintree Business Development Center is hosting a Mansfield Industry Mixer, Wednesday, December 7th.

With more than a dozen projects in various stages of production, the Mansfield area filmmaking community is celebrating with a mixer on December 7th. Anyone with a connection to, or interest in the Mansfield, Crestline, or Ashland areas is welcome to join.

For more information, call 419-610-5924 or contact Bob Cohen at [email protected].

moCa Cleveland: Contact Film Series

moCa Cleveland will present free films at the Strosacker Auditorium at Case Western University this fall.

In conjunction with Contact, an exhibition conceived and organized by Renée Green for moCa Cleveland as part of FRONT International 2022, the artist has curated a film series expanding on the exhibition’s exploration of the poetics of relation.

Beginning with the 1997 film Contact, an inspiration for the exhibition and a lens through which to interpret it, the series is an essential component of Green’s project. The series, screened in Case Western Reserve University’s Strosacker Auditorium, includes a wide breadth of films by Green, her peers, and filmmakers who have been influential to the artist’s practice.

Presented in partnership with FRONT International and the Case Western Reserve Film Society.

Film Schedule:

From Cleveland, For Cleveland: An Interactive, Virtual Conversation Series

New event series “From Cleveland, For Cleveland” brings big talent back to their roots

If you’re a part of the film industry, an emerging actor or director, or even a fan looking to learn more about how your favorite stars got their start, then the new event series “From Cleveland, For Cleveland” is for you. 1st Team Actors Studio is proud to present this interactive, virtual conversation series featuring Lili Reinhart, Paul Raci, Mark Waters & Dina Spybey-Waters, Alan RuckTom Hanks, and Monica Potter at the historic Capitol Theatre in Gordon Square Arts District.

Each month from July through November, attendees will have the opportunity to hear from this venerable cast of actors and directors, all of which have their own connections to Cleveland. During a moderated talk hosted live via Zoom, each will discuss his or her unique perspective on the television and film industry and give advice to aspiring actors. VIP ticket holders will be able to ask questions of the featured guest and all are invited to network with with their peers at the conclusion fo the presentation.

Moderated by Angela Boehm, Holly Fulger and Lauren Nichols


Doors open at 6:00 pm and the interactive conversation begins at 7:00 pm. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Greater Cleveland Film Commission.

Capitol Theatre
1390 W. 65th St.
Cleveland, OH 44102

For more information and to purchase VIP or general ticketing options, click below.




Lili Pauline Reinhart is an actress and producer who is proud to call Bay Village, Ohio her hometown.

She officially began her acting career when she decided to audition on a whim for an Olmsted Performing Arts musical production when she was 12. Many musicals and auditions later, Lili would meet her first manager and subsequently sign with her first agent. Lili is most well known for the role of Betty Cooper in the CW hit series “Riverdale” which has just completed its 6th season. You may also recognize her as the face of Cover Girl for the past two years as well. She has won several Teen Choice
Awards during her time on Riverdale and has amassed an Instagram following of almost 30 million people.

In the past two years, Lili has appeared in the critically acclaimed film “Hustlers” starring along with Jennifer Lopez, Constance Wu, and Keke Palmer. She also produced and starred in Amazon’s “Chemical Hearts” film which was the first project that introduced her to the producing side of the business. In the meantime, she has created her own production company (Small Victory Productions) and signed a first-look deal with Amazon Studios for Film and TV. Small Victory will develop original and adapted content for film and television with a focus on modern young adult content that celebrates diversity and inclusivity.
Lili’s next film project to be released will be Netflix-produced “Plus/Minus” which is slated for a release this August. Reinhart can also add the title “Author” to her name as her debut collection of poetry “Swimming Lessons” became a New York Times best seller. Reinhart currently resides in Los Angeles, California with her dog Milo when she isn’t shooting Riverdale in Vancouver, British Columbia.


Paul Raci’s love and passion for music started at a very early age. The firstborn son of Deaf parents, they were concerned that with only ASL communication in the home there would not be enough auditory stimulation to model speech for him.  So they bought a radio, record player and a TV. And sometimes all three were blaring at the same time. Sinatra, Elvis, Paul Anka, Otis Redding, and James Brown were constantly playing in the house. In high school, when the Beatles arrived, Paul ‘s Deaf Mother bought him his first guitar. When he made his first recording, he remembers putting the 45 RPM record on the turn table, and his Mom putting her hands on the stereo, to feel the vibration, and then signing to Paul “Beautiful” When Paul was drafted in the Vietnam war, he joined the US NAVY and did two combat tours on the U.S.S. Coral Sea ( an aircraft carrier ) as a Hospital Corpsman.  When he returned, he started ROCKY, a band with influences of David Bowie, Led Zeppelin, and Aerosmith.  The Band became a favorite in the Chicago music scene. Paul’s mom would often sneak into a venue where ROCKY was playing and made friends with everyone from the bouncer at the door to the bartenders.

Attending the University of Illinois on the G.I. Bill, Paul started to explore acting and the theatre.  He was involved in countless productions in Chicago as a sign language interpreter as well as starting his own company, The Immediate Theatre, as an actor, where he was nominated for a Jefferson Award for his performance in Children of a Lesser God.  He also started to explore “shadow signing” with his partner Joyce Cole at the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival and would often be interpreting four different plays in rep at a time.

Paul Raci is a Veteran, a CODA, (Child of Deaf Adults), a Court Certified American Sign Language Interpreter, a musician, and the lead singer/signer for the Hands of Doom ASL Rock Band, a Black Sabbath Tribute Band. In LA, as an Actor he has done over 10 productions with Deaf West Theater, including Of Mice and Men, Medea, Equus, A Christmas Carol, and most recently the acclaimed award winning production of David Mamet’s American Buffalo in ASL.  Paul has been seen in many TV shows including Baskets opposite Zach Galifnakis, Goliath opposite Billy Bob Thornton, and Parks and Recreation opposite Amy Poehler.

Most recently, Paul can be seen in Sound of Metal, with Darius Marder writing and directing, starring opposite Riz Ahmed and Olivia Cooke.  Paul considers himself to have a Deaf Heart.  Being a part of Sound of Metal has his Deaf Heart overflowing with Gratitude.


A petite, stage-trained blonde adept at portraying naive or off-center characters, Dina Spybey Waters first came to prominence in and won a Daytime Emmy Award for the leading role of an underage teenager in the fact-based HBO special, Lifestories: Families in Crisis: Public Law 106: The Becky Bell Story (1992). In 2000, she married director Mark Waters and eventually changed her professional name to reflect their union. The two collaborated on several projects, including Freaky Friday (2003) and HBO First Look: Just Like Heaven (2005). In the latter film, she delivered one of her best performances as Reese Witherspoon‘s protective, married-with-kids sister, veering adroitly between her trademark high-pitched comedic energy and convincing emotional moments.

Waters earned a B.F.A. in Acting from Ohio State University and an M.F.A. from Rutgers University, before beginning her career on stage. She had appeared in numerous Broadway and off-Broadway plays, including Alan Ball‘s “Five Women Wearing the Same Dress”, for which she earned a Theatre World Award for Outstanding New Talent, “Blue Light” and “The Shawl”, both directed by Sidney Lumet, and “The Iceman Cometh”, opposite Kevin Spacey.


Mark Waters was born on June 30, 1964 in Wyandotte, Michigan, USA. He is a director and producer, known for Mean Girls (2004) 500 Days of Summer (2009), Vampire Academy (2014) and Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (2009). He has been married to Dina Spybey-Waters since November 10, 2000.


Alan Ruck is an American actor. Born in Cleveland, Ohio and raised in Parma,
Ruck became interested in the theater during high school and studied drama at
the University of Illinois. Ruck began his career in Chicago primarily on stage
as well as doing a few small parts in movies. He moved to New York in 1984
for his Broadway debut in “Biloxi Blues”. Ruck has over 100 film and
television credits and can currently be seen in “Succession” on HBO.

Some of his most memorable credits include “Twister” “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” “Speed” and “Star Trek: Generations”.

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Tom Hanks is an award-winning actor, producer, and director. One of only two actors in history to win back-to-back Best Actor Academy Awards, Hanks has starred in over 40 films, including FORREST GUMP, SAVING PRIVATE RYAN, CAST AWAY, BIG,  PHILADELPHIA and A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD. With his production company, Playtone, Hanks has produced several award-winning TV series and films including JOHN ADAMS, BAND OF BROTHERS, OLIVE KITTERIDGE, MAMMA MIA, and GREYHOUND. Hanks has received AFI’s Lifetime Achievement Award, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s Cecil B. DeMille Award, a Kennedy Center Honor, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.




To say Monica Potter has played a variety of roles in life is an understatement. She’s an actress, producer, entrepreneur, inventor, designer, decorator, homemaker, and mom. And with every project, she brings passion, drive, creativity, and plenty of humor.

Distinctly identified by her portrayal of Kristina Braverman, Monica starred in six seasons of NBC’s acclaimed drama series “Parenthood.” Her emotional performance led to a 2014 Golden Globe nomination, a 2013 Critic’s Choice Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama, a TCA Award nomination for Individual Achievement in Drama, and endless parenting questions by the show’s enormous fan base.

Before she left her mark on television, Monica exploded onto the big screen opposite Nicolas Cage in Michael Bay’s “Con Air.” She followed that up by starring with Robin Williams in the acclaimed feature “Patch Adams” and then with Morgan Freeman in the thriller “Along Came a Spider.”

Other bio-worthy credits include “Boston Legal”—which garnered a Screen Actors Guild nomination for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series—TNT’s “Trust Me,” the CBS Miniseries “Reversible Errors,” “The Young and the Restless,” CBS drama “Wisdom of the Crowd, the blockbuster horror classic “Saw,” and the comedies “Head Over Heels” and “I’m With Lucy.”

Monica’s most recent television project was on Amazon’s “Goliath”. She was also seen in a docu-series for HGTV that tracked the emotional and hilarious renovation of her childhood home—starring her favorite ensemble cast… her family. Notably, Monica can be heard on QCode Media’s most recent serialized fiction podcast “Classified” in the role of Doctor Bell.

Monica and her family reside in Los Angeles, California and Cleveland, Ohio.



Holly Fulger is an actress, writer and producer born in Lakewood, Ohio.  She began her acting career at the Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival, before moving to Chicago where she worked as a member of the Remains Theater Ensemble. Ultimately moving to Los Angeles to work in television and film, she is best known for her roles in the Disney Channel Original Movie series, Zenon, Girl of the 21st Century, as Aunt Judy, and as Holly in the sitcom, Ellen.

In addition to her on camera career, an article she wrote caught the attention of a CNN producer whose interview led to Holly’s creation of the series, Speaking of Beauty, and The Hollywood Beauty Detective. In 2019, she founded the nonprofit, True Beauty Discovery, with the mission of empowering girls and women to understand that it is their individuality that makes them beautiful and powerful.


Angela Boehm, owner of Angela Boehm Casting, began her career by founding and fostering the growth of Olmsted Performing Arts, one of Northeast Ohio’s premier arts centers. Angela has worked on feature films such as Judas and the Black Messiah, Cherry, Queen and Slim, My Friend Dahmer, The Fate of the Furious, and Whiteboy Rick. Angela’s passion for strengthening the local film industry, led to the founding of 1st Team Actors Studio, Cleveland’s premier on camera training program. She most recently was nominated for a prestigious Artios Award for her casting on Todd Stephen’s Swan Song.



Lauren Berry is a Cleveland born actress who upon receiving her BFA in Musical Theatre, went on to LA to study with Groundlings, Tim Phillips, and Lesly Kahn & Co. Her favorite credits include Noah Baumbach’s White Noise, White Boy Rick, NBC’s Chicago Justice, Madtown, and the upcoming pilot After the 10th. She is Co Owner of 1st Team Actors Studio and loves helping local actors take their careers to the next level as they pursue their dreams in her hometown of Cleveland!




1st Team Actors Studio is dedicated to bringing Hollywood-caliber training to Northeast Ohio. In addition to ongoing classes, the studio brings in professionals to teach masterclasses and workshops to students of all ages and skill levels. Instructors have extensive training from LA, New York, and other large markets, as well as on-set experience and credits. From directors to agents, managers and actors, our team is uniquely connected in the film industry.

To learn more, visit

Cleveland International Film Festival’s Get Shorty – 20th Anniversary

Tickets are on sale now for the 20th anniversary of CIFF’s Get Shorty, presented with generous support from Huntington.

Do you have what it takes to program a film festival? Then this event is for you! The Cleveland International Film Festival’s (CIFF) GET SHORTY is a one-of-a-kind event where you get to have a say in what screens at CIFF47!

Here’s how it works: we’ll meet at the stunning Mimi Ohio Theatre at Playhouse Square, where the gathering will begin with hors d’oeuvres and beverages before putting your programming skills to work. Once inside the theatre, we will present a handful of short films, and at the conclusion of each film you will be prompted to text your vote from your smartphone. At the end of the evening, the film with the highest score will be guaranteed a prime spot in the CIFF47 program lineup!

This event – which is celebrating its 20th anniversary – is always a sellout, so don’t miss the opportunity to be part of this extraordinary evening!

To purchase tickets online, please click the TICKETS button above. To purchase tickets via phone, please call the Playhouse Square Box Office at 216.241.6000 Monday – Friday 9:00 AM ET – 5:00 PM ET.

CIFF’s Get Shorty is presented with generous support from Huntington.

FILMS TBA in January 2023

Friday, February 03, 2023 at 7:00 PM

Mimi Ohio Theatre at Playhouse Square
1511 Euclid Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44115

CIFF members: $48 per person*
Non-members: $60 per person
Playhouse Square ticketing fees will apply

Get Tickets 

*CIFF memberships are unavailable for purchase or renewal at this time. CIFF is in the process of revamping their website and membership offerings for CIFF47. Memberships will be available for purchase and renewal in January 2023.

Chagrin Documentary Film Festival Encore Series 2023

The Chagrin Documentary Film Festival Encore Series is back!

This is your chance to stream films from the 13th annual CDFF that you may have missed or want to see again.

From January 2 – March 31, 2023, you can stream select documentary films from the 2022 festival from the comforts of home. This Encore Series pass includes all three CDFF On Demand offerings; January Festival Favorites, February Shorts, and March Award Winners.

Holiday Special:

With every Encore monthly pass purchase through December, receive a free limited-edition 2022 festival t-shirt* *while supplies last, in-person pick up at CDFF offices

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Behind the Camera Student Event (10/21/2022)

As a part of our special Behind the Camera events on October 21st, we were honored to have award-winning writer / executive producer / showrunner Dan O’Shannon join us for a special student event at Cuyahoga Community College.

The Greater Cleveland Film Commission hosted a free special event for Northeast Ohio high school and college students at Cuyahoga Community College’s Metro Campus. Students and educators received behind-the-scenes advice from Dan on how to make it in the industry. GCFC Intern and Tri-C Student Vera Howard served as student moderator.

Vera is an independent filmmaker, and established a film production company, Arev Studious, LLC in 2021. Vera is currently studying at Cuyahoga Community College, seeking to earn her Associate of Arts Degree in 2024.

Vera knew she had a place in the film industry when her passion for filmmaking was ignited by acting in elementary school stage plays. As a kid, she would write and create her own short films, and continues to create her own content as a part of Arev Studios, LLC. Vera hopes to showcase diversity, equality, and inclusion through her creative work.


Behind the Camera, with Special Guest Dan O’Shannon (10/21/2022)

Thank you to everyone who joined us for Behind the Camera, starring Dan O’Shannon, award-winning screenwriter of Cheers, Frasier, Modern Family and more!

The Greater Cleveland Film Commission was excited to host award-winning writer and producer Dan O’Shannon for the return of its signature Behind the Camera event on Friday, October 21st, 2022.

Dan O’Shannon, a Northeast Ohio native, is a writer / showrunner / executive producer on some of the most successful and iconic sitcoms of all time. His credits include Newhart, Cheers, Frasier, and Modern Family. Dan has been nominated for 11 Emmy® awards, winning six. He has also been nominated for an Academy Award. Toss in a guest actor spot on The Golden Girls and writing credits on 18 additional TV shows, two Golden Globes®, and an Annie Award® for Best Animated Short, 2005.

In addition to being an accomplished television writer and producer, Dan is the author of two books, The Adventures of Mrs. Jesus, and What Are You Laughing At? A Comprehensive Guide to the Comedic Event.

Behind the Camera with Dan O’Shannon was a moderated conversation held at the Hilarities 4th Street Theatre at Pickwick & Frolic, moderated by WKYC NBC anchor Christi Paul. This look behind the scenes included various topics ranging from Dan’s experiences in the entertainment business, how growing up in Northeast Ohio impacted his career, and unique insight into the creative process behind some of TV’s all-time greatest comedies. That same morning, GCFC also hosted a student Q&A with Dan for local high school and college students at Cuyahoga Community College’s Metro Campus.

Proceeds from this event helped fund the Greater Cleveland Film Commission’s local workforce training programs.

Special thank you to our “Showrunner” Presenting Sponsors, Legacy Capital Partners & Sequoia Financial Group.

With thanks to our “Series Producer” Sponsor Kohrman Jackson & Krantz LLP, and “Story Editor” Sponsors, IATSE Local 209, Medical MutualTeamsters Local 407, Lisa Mullin Federico & Paul Federico, Tom & Ruth Meadows, Sarah & Alan Melamed, and Allison Smith Newsome, Esq. Event filming by Garage Creative Studios.

About the Moderator

Credit: CNN
Christi Paul

Christi Paul is a Bellevue, Ohio native who recently moved back to Cleveland to anchor WKYC NBC affiliate’s 5pm “What’s New.” For the past nine years, she anchored CNN’s “New Day” weekend edition, in addition to reporting and anchoring for HLN during the week since 2003.

From covering presidential inaugurations and elections to anchoring breaking news, including the Pulse nightclub shooting and the school shootings in Newtown and Virginia Tech, Christi brings years of national experience, reporting and covering the most pressing and memorable stories of our time with a deep passion for helping those in need.

A graduate of the University of Toledo, Christi began her career in local news as a one- woman-band at WDTV in Clarksburg, WV before ultimately moving to KTVB in Boise and eventually KNXV and KTVK in Phoenix.


Fall Media Mixer at Pioneer Cleveland (10/12/2022)

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the Fall Media Mixer at the new Pioneer Cleveland!

Media Mixers are FREE networking events that allow current and aspiring film professionals to network with each other, learn what’s filming in Northeast Ohio, and what’s new for the GCFC.

Attendees are encouraged to meet new people and talk about upcoming projects and potential opportunities. These events are part of the GCFC’s Workforce Development efforts, always working to make sure our local professionals can network and share ideas about growing the media industry in Northeast Ohio.