Double Your Donation This Giving Tuesday!

Double your Donation this #GivingTuesday!

Thanks to the generosity of the GCFC Board of Directors,
#GivingTuesday gifts to GCFC will be DOUBLED, UP TO $6,000!

This dollar-for-dollar #GivingTuesday match means your generous gift will double!
Give now through December 1st to take full advantage of this special opportunity.

As we enter this holiday season, made so different and difficult by the pandemic, know that GCFC is here for you. We will continue our support of Cleveland area cast, crew and media professionals with opportunities, entertainment, and up-to-date info on production safety and startup. We will get through this together!

Please support the GCFC’s important work with a donation today,
and get your gift doubled by our generous Board!


Behind the Story with the Producers of White Boy Rick

The Greater Cleveland Film Commission was excited to present Behind the Story with the Producers of White Boy Rick, #FilmedInCLE in 2017.

Producers Matthew Krul (a native Ohioan), Scott Franklin, and Georgia Kacandes joined the GCFC for a lively conversation and Q&A, covering topics from what attracted them to this film, to “what do producers actually do,” to how to get started in the field, and what it’s like to film in Cleveland.

Behind the Story was moderated by Mike Wendt, GCFC Production Coordinator.

Watch the recording of this event below.


White Boy Rick documents the controversial story of teenager Richard Wershe Jr., his prolific rise in the drug trade, and subsequent fall through the justice system. In 1980s Detroit, Wershe sold guns to local drug dealers. Confronted by the FBI, he was recruited and served as an informant from ages 14 to 16. At age 17, Wershe was arrested for possession of cocaine, and with no intervention from the FBI or U.S. Attorney regarding his informant work, he was sentenced to life imprisonment under Michigan’s 650-Lifer Law.


Want to catch up on White Boy Rick before our event?


Scott Franklin was born in New York and studied Communications at The Ohio State University. After college, Franklin worked briefly in Los Angeles until he decided to return home to New York for an unpaid Associate Producer position on Pi. This collaboration initiated a long-time working relationship between Franklin and director Darren Aronofsky for whom he produced five more films. In 2009, Franklin won the Independent Spirit Award for Best Picture for his work on The Wrestler. He reprised the win two years later in 2011 for his work on Black Swan. Franklin’s contribution to Black Swan also earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture, a BAFTA nomination for Best Film, and a Golden Globe nomination for Best Motion Picture – Drama.

Georgia Kacandes is an American producer who grew up in White Plains, NY and graduated from New York University with a BFA in Film. Best known for contributing to films like Gattaca, The Hateful Eight, The Rainmaker and Syriana, this former President of Physical Production at Paramount, Kacandes is one of the most sought-after line producers and executive producers in the film business. She has worked with acclaimed directors including John Sayles (Eight Men Out, City of Hope, Passion Fish), Jim Jarmusch (Mystery Train), Steven Soderbergh (King of the Hill, The Underneath), Martin Scorsese (Casino, Hugo, The Wolf of Wall Street), Francis Ford Coppola (The Rainmaker), and Quentin Tarantino (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, The Hateful Eight).

Matthew Krul was born in Dayton, Ohio. A prolific television and media producer, Mr. Krul has produced over 400 hours of network television on major networks as well as documentaries, shorts and feature films. He has worked in over 10 countries to bring an international flavor to his works. In 2003-08 Krul worked with Mandalay Entertainment, the LA based juggernaut, under CEO Peter Guber. During that stint he helped develop feature films such as The Perfect Game, Into the Blue, and The Jacket as well as serving in Mandalay Sports Action Entertainment handling Fortune 500 companies’ marketing and branding. Krul was Executive Producer on White Boy Rick, filmed in his home state of Ohio. Krul owns and operates three production companies specializing in international development and marketing, local domestic development and production, located in Los Angeles, Ohio, and Spain. Mr. Krul has started his directorial and writing debut on a film/doc he directed, wrote and produced in Malawi Africa with Morgan Freeman set to release in the upcoming year.


GCFC Production Coordinator Mike Wendt is an award-winning director, producer and location manager/scout. He has worked on such films as Captain America: The Winter Solider, Fate of the Furious, and White Boy Rick. He directed his first feature length documentary The End Of The World As We Knew It and the short film Goodbye, Ohio. He is currently in postproduction on his second feature length documentary Robert Banks: We’ll Talk About That Later.

OUT Competing: A Virtual Film Series

Join Greater Cleveland Sports Commission and LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland as they host OUT Competing: A virtual film series celebrating LGBTQIA athletes who are changing perceptions in sports.

Enjoy exclusive access to three feature documentaries that shed light on the obstacles that LGBTQIA athletes face in our present-day sports culture and what they endure to overcome those challenges.

The three featured documentaries are:

Tickets are available online and range from $5 per film or $12 for all three films. Ticket purchasers may watch the films at their convenience anytime between Wednesday, Nov. 11 – Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020.

All purchasers will also have access to a live Q&A with Janae Marie Kroc, star of Transformer on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020. Additionally, to hear more about the LGBTQIA sports environment in Ohio and how you can help, check out the pre-recorded educational panels with local experts on the film page.

This film series is held in conjunction with the LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland’s Trans in the CLE! event.

OUT Competing is presented by Velocity, a community-wide initiative of the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission to raise required funding and maximize the community impact of hosting some of the most significant events in sports.


GCFC Year-End Virtual Media Mixer

You are invited to our Year-End Virtual Media Mixer!

As we approach the end of 2020, the Greater Cleveland Film Commission (GCFC) is looking forward to “mixing” online once again.

GCFC President Evan Miller and Production Coordinator Mike Wendt will provide year-end Cleveland Film updates, the outlook for production in early 2021, and answer your questions via the Zoom chat window.

CLICK HERE to register for the final virtual mixer of 2020!

Media Mixers are FREE quarterly networking events hosted by the GCFC for people who are currently working in the media production industry, or those interested in getting started in the industry.

These events are part of the GCFC Workforce Development efforts, always working to make sure our local professionals can network and share ideas about growing the media industry in Northeast Ohio.

WrapWomen’s 2020 Power Women Summit

Lawyer, professor and equality champion Anita Hill will be the keynote speaker for WrapWomen’s 2020 Power Women Summit, the largest gathering of women in media and entertainment.

With the theme “Inclusion 360”, the event will take place virtually December 8-10. RSVP HERE

Hill is the chair of the Hollywood Commission on Eliminating Sexual Harassment and Advancing Equality. In this role, she establishes best practices and policies framework for addressing workplace abuse and discrimination by creating more equitable work environments throughout the industry.

Over the past month, the Hollywood Commission has released a series of reports from its landmark Hollywood Survey of more than 9,6000 entertainment industry workers. Its initial findings on accountability found that 65% of Hollywood workers did not believe that a powerful individual, such as a producer or director, would be held accountable for harassing someone with less power. In an immediate response to these results, the Commission announced it will launch a reporting platform and a bystander intervention training pilot program designed to provide resources for victims and accountability for offenders.

Hill, who served as the Power Women Summit keynote speaker in 2018, will return to the stage to discuss her progress, research and new programs.

In 1991, Hill made history when she accused U.S. Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas, her supervisor at the United States Department of Education and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, of sexual harassment. As a Black woman testifying in front of an all-white, all-male Senate Judiciary Committee, with Thomas denying his plausibility, the odds were not in Hill’s favor as Thomas was confirmed.

Despite this loss, Hill’s testimony forever changed the way we talk about sexual harassment in the workplace. One month after her testimony, Congress passed a law extending the rights of sexual harassment victims. The year after, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission received a 50% increase in sexual-harassment complaints from the prior year. Hill continued to focus her career on equality, becoming a professor of law, public policy and women’s studies at Brandeis University.

The Power Women Summit, presented by the WrapWomen Foundation, is the largest annual gathering of the most influential women in entertainment, media and technology. The Summit aims to inspire and empower women across the landscape of their professional careers and personal lives. This year’s all-virtual PWS provides three days of education, mentorship, workshops and networking around the globe – to promote “Inclusion 360,” this year’s theme.

‘Napoleon Dynamite’: A Conversation with Jon Heder, Efren Ramirez & Jon Gries

Join the cast of Napoleon Dynamite for a special screening and discussion on Jan. 16th, 2021!


The beloved indie classic Napoleon Dynamite was made almost 15 years ago. Since then, much has changed; but the characters, as enduring as they are endearing, stay in our hearts.

Appealing to the inner-teenager in each of us, the story, and more importantly, the dialogue, makes Napoleon Dynamite one of the most quoted movies of our time.

Napoleon Dynamite makes jus laugh – and laugh hard – over and over again.

This unique evening includes a full screening of Napoleon Dynamite followed by a lively, freewheeling, moderated discussion with fan-favorite cast members; Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite), Efren Ramirez (Pedro) and Jon Gries (Uncle Rico).

A limited number of VIP tickets are also available for $125, which include a premium seat for the show, a signed poster, and a meet & greet with all 3 men!

Date & Time

Saturday Jan. 16, 2021 at 7:30pm


Akron Civic Theatre
182 S. Main St. (King James Way)
Akron, OH 44308

Tickets Available for the Virtual Aesthetica Short Film Festival

Discover new cinema at home with the Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF)!

The 10th Anniversary Edition of the Aesthetica Film Festival will take place November 3rd – 30th in a new and exciting way – comprising digital and live-streamed events.

This year’s festival is special for many reasons and ASFF has worked hard to present a range of programs, with the festival being curated across 6 Strands comprising 300 films in competition. ASFF is using film to discuss the world’s most pressing topics including Black Lives Matter, LGBTQ+, Women’s Rights and inclusivity across the board.

Films in competition at this year’s festival span a range of genres including animation, documentary, drama, dance, fashion, and thriller. This is ASFF’s most extensive program to-date.

ASFF is also screening 18 immersive films offering viewers the chance to get a Festival Pack, which includes a festival bag, printed program, and VR Cardboards. ASFF’s commitment to new technologies remains strong.

Tickets are now on sale here. Download the full program here

New Talent & Innovative Filmmaking:

  • The festival also welcomes renowned talent from a huge range of crafts, who will offer their insights into acclaimed productions and exploring their motivations and expertise.
  • This year’s Industry Programme includes over 50 masterclasses, spotlights and panel discussions in the most exciting edition to date.
  • Guest speakers include Oscar-Winning Director Andrea Arnold (WaspFish TankAmerican Honey), BAFTA-winning filmmaker Sarah Gavron (This Little LifeSuffragetteRocks,), BIFA-winning and Emm-nominated Documentarian Jeanie Finlay (SeahorseOrion: The Man Who Would Be KingGame of Thrones: The Last Watch).
  • Celebrated Filmmaker Sam Feder (DISCLOSUREBoy I Am), Oscar-Winning Sound Designer Glenn Freemantle (GravityAnnihilation), double Oscar-Winning VFX Supervisor Paul Franklin (InceptionInterstellar), as well as leading animators, cinematographers, editors, production designers and representatives from Film4BBCFilmsFramestore and many more.

Films in competition will be released in 6 Strands from November 3-8, with 10 programs per day. The strand titles include: Just Another Day on EarthHumans and their EnvironmentConnections: People, Places and IdentityBreaking Down Barriers, and Keep on the Sunny Side of Life.


DOC NYC Virtual Road Trip (10/29/20)

Cleveland & Dayton

Co-presented by the Greater Cleveland Film Commission, Cleveland International Film Festival, and Wright State University Motion Pictures Program

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the Cleveland/Dayton stop on the DOC NYC ROADTRIP! DOC NYC Artistic Director, Thom Powers, interviewd local film industry professional, Mike Wendt, as well as the filmmakers behind DOC NYC’s Ohio-connected films: The Place That Makes Us (Karla Murthy), The Big Scary “S” Word (Yael Bridge & DiCarlo Johnson), Two Gods (Zeshawn Ali), and CIFF44 Alum 9to5: The Story of a Movement (Steve Bognar & Julia Reichert).

Miss this event live?  Watch the recording below!

VoiceOver and Beyond: A Conversation with Nancy Cartwright (08/26/2020)

The Greater Cleveland Film Commission was excited to present
VoiceOver and Beyond: A Conversation with Nancy Cartwright, the voice of Bart Simpson.

This event is now over. Watch the recording below!

There’s so much more to Nancy than being the voice of Bart Simpson! In our short 1-hour event, we could only briefly touch the surface of her other projects, voiceover talents, and philanthropy. Visit her website to learn more.

Did you know Nancy filmed in Cleveland for her movie In Search of Fellini? Watch it now on Amazon Prime Video!

Want Nancy’s tips on how to be a successful voiceover artist? Check out “Nancy Cartwright’s Voice-Over Advice” blog to help you find your voice. Learn voiceover professionalism, the how-tos, and more.

Emmy & Annie Award-winning actress Nancy Cartwright is best known as the voice of spikey- headed underachiever Bart Simpson, but has also lent her voice to Ralph Wiggum, Nelson Muntz, Todd Flanders, Maggie Simpson, DataBase and Kearney on the iconic hit, The Simpsons.

Nancy grew up in Dayton, Ohio and attended Ohio University (where she gave the commencement address in 2012). Ohio University bestowed upon Nancy an Honorary Degree Citation – Doctor of Communication in recognition of achievement in her field as an actress, as a philanthropist and through her scholarship endowment established at OU. Nancy is equally committed to helping those in her hometown of Dayton, Ohio, where she has established a perpetual scholarship for forensic students to attend Ohio University.

A Conversation with Nancy Cartwright was moderated by local radio host and former actor Jeremiah Widmer (The Jeremiah Show, Q104 FM). Through an interview and audience Q&A, Jeremiah covered a range of topics from Nancy’s experiences in the entertainment business to practical tips for those looking to get started as in VoiceOver acting.

Special thanks to our Presenting Partner The Sherwin-Williams Company.






About Nancy Cartwright

As an Emmy & Annie Award-winning actress, Nancy Cartwright is best known as the voice of spikey- headed underachiever Bart Simpson, but has also lent her voice to Ralph Wiggum, Nelson Muntz, Todd Flanders, Maggie Simpson, DataBase and Kearney on the iconic hit, The Simpsons. In her 40-year career at the microphone, Nancy has given voice to countless other characters from award-winning animated series, including Rugrats (Chuckie); Kim Possible (Rufus the Naked Mole Rat); Richie Rich (Gloria); Animaniacs (Mindy); The Replacements (Todd) as well as Pinky and the Brain; The Critic; God, The Devil and Bob; Mike, Lu & Og; and Chuck Jones’ final work, Timberwolf.

While best known for her iconic work as a voice actress, Nancy is no stranger to the camera. She has held memorable roles in numerous television series and movies including Fame, Empty Nest, Cheers, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Twilight Zone-The Movie and Godzilla, as well as a lead in the TV movie Marian Rose White. In live theatre, Nancy performed her highly acclaimed one-woman, In Search of Fellini, based on her true-life experience of going to Italy find the great Italian director, Federico Fellini. Her production of In Search of Fellini won an LA Dramalogue Award in 1996.

In 2001, years before its time, Nancy co-created and produced The Kelly’s—one of the first critically-acclaimed digital animated series in conjunction with Turner Broadcasting and NASCAR. With 40 three-minute webisodes, The Kelly’s opened the door for Nancy to delve further into production and writing.

In 2017, Nancy completed a life-long dream of writing and producing a film based on her stage production In Search of Fellini. This film went on to achieve official selection with nine film festivals including: SIFF, Bentonville, Ferrara and Ischia. The New York Times raved that In Search of Fellini is “a charming drama about the love of movies and youthful passion.” It is currently streaming on Amazon Prime and available for purchase on all digital platforms and DVD.

Emboldened to continue writing and producing, Nancy penned her first episode of The Simpsons titled “Girls In the Band”. It aired in the Spring of 2019 and was one of the highest-rated episodes of the season. She is currently in development on numerous other projects that run the gamut of live-action and animation, as well as feature films and episodic fare.

With the compassion to “give back”, Nancy is known in the non-profit world as a generous and active philanthropist who gives of her time, energy and resources equally. Serving as Honorary Mayor of the North San Fernando Valley for the past 15 years, Nancy enjoys being an active volunteer in her community. In 2013, she was honored with the 55th Annual Fernando Award for her dedication to volunteerism. This prestigious award is supported by the Valley Chambers of Commerce, civic and philanthropic organizations, along with private individuals and corporations located in the San Fernando Valley.

In addition to serving her community, Nancy has a special passion for supporting children, whether it was hosting fundraising events at her home to build the local police youth center or personally tutoring youth to help raise literacy, she is committed to bettering the lives of future generations. The Make-A-Wish Foundation has honored her with the prestigious Icon Award. Nancy also was the recipient of The Fernando Award—a prestigious award given to those who inspire and help make the community a better place.

Since its inception in 2004, Nancy has been the proud co-founder of Happy House, a non-profit organization dedicated to “Building Better Families”. Through extensive outreach and the help of countless volunteers, Happy House is implementing a character-building program, How to Make Good Choices, to hundreds of children across California. The program is delivered in after- school venues throughout the state and is gaining traction in other U.S. areas and abroad. Her work with Happy House has prompted the Santa Barbara Boys and Girls Club to bestow their “Shining Star Award” on Nancy, and the Mayor of San Jose to commend Happy House & it’s San Jose Community United charter group for exemplary public service and benefit to the community.

Nancy is equally committed to helping those in her hometown of Ohio, where she has established a perpetual scholarship for forensic students to attend Ohio University. In June 2012, Ohio University bestowed upon Nancy an Honorary Degree Citation – Doctor of Communication in recognition of achievement in her field as an actress, as a philanthropist and through her scholarship endowment established at OU.

Nancy’s zest for life is founded in the belief that we all have the ability to achieve our dreams. “It is through art, music, dance, sculpture, film and stories that people find true happiness. It is the artist who inspires people—gives them hope—that they too can become a dream-maker to make this world a better place.”

Moderator Jeremiah Widmer, Q104FM

Jeremiah is the host of The Jeremiah Show, weekday mornings on Cleveland’s Q104. Jeremiah earned his bachelor’s degree in Mass Media Communications from the University of Akron, and was a member of WZIP, the #1 student run college radio station in the country. Earlier in his career Jeremiah worked in Los Angeles on a variety of television shows like The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and the Ellen DeGeneres Show. While in L.A. he was featured on USA Networks Character Fantasy: I Wanna Be A Professional Dodgeball Player, and he and his wife Jessy were contestants (and won) the Newlywed Game. He also studied and performed sketch and improvisational comedy at the Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theatre. Jeremiah returned to northeast Ohio in 2013 as Afternoon Drive host at Cleveland’s Star 102, until the creation of the Jeremiah Show in 2016. He lives in Wadsworth with his wife Jessy, sons Eli and Isaiah, and daughter Carly.

GCFC Virtual Summer Media Mixer 08/06/2020

Thank you to everyone who came to our Virtual Summer Media Mixer!

GCFC Hosts President Evan Miller and Production Coordinator Mike, along with special guest Ryan Kelly, brought us up to speed with the current state of the Cleveland film industry and answered your questions about what the future of local production looks like during this challenging time.

Ryan Kelly brought valuable insight into what production has been like during the pandemic. See the various COVID-19 Resources Ryan talked about HERE, including the various training and certification options.

Did you miss the Mixer?  Watch our recording below!

Media Mixers are FREE quarterly networking events hosted by the GCFC for people who are currently working in the media production industry, or those interested in getting started in the industry.

These events are part of the GCFC Workforce Development efforts, always working to make sure our local professionals can network and share ideas about growing the media industry in Northeast Ohio.