Film Forward: A Social Profit Mindset Focused on Investment Impact

The Greater Cleveland Film Commission (GCFC) is a workforce and economic development organization that is enhancing the growing film and media production industry in N.E. Ohio.   It is a vehicle used to achieve job creation and economic impact.  We are a 501(c)3 social profit that depends on investment to allow us the ability to do this important work, as well as grow our own capacity to contribute even more to uplifting the future professional prospects of Clevelanders. 

Film Forward is a descriptor of our organizational mindset placing a finer focus on not just what we do, but rather what we achieve.  Central to that focus is heightened intentionality around ensuring that citizens from underrepresented and underserved communities have every opportunity to pursue, participate, and thrive in the impact environment the GCFC is helping to drive.
The following graph illustrates a high-level glimpse of what the impact of your investment of time, talent, and/or treasure in the GCFC has heretofore been:

An example of impact is what the filming of the movie WHITE NOISE, starring Adam Driver, Greta Gerwig, and Don Cheadle, shot here in 2021, meant to the local economy.  $106.6 million in direct spend with 256 vendors, 921 crew jobs, 3000 background actor jobs, and 36,000 hotel room nights.  The numbers for the LeBron James biopic, SHOOTING STARS – $25.5 million, 400 crew jobs, and 2,000 extras in 2022.  

It is a fact that arts and entertainment bring a certain “cool factor” to a city like Cleveland as it seeks “world-class” status.   People visit specific cities and towns all over the world these days in anticipation of seeing locations where movies and television shows were made. 

The Cleveland film scene in fact has a Behind the Camera event coming up November 10 -12, 2023 celebrating one iconic film made here that captured the heart of Clevelanders, and people all over the country.  Ralphie is coming home for Behind the Camera: “A Christmas Story” Official 40th Anniversary.  This is the BIGGEST cast reunion ever.  Watch the video below for a message about the event from cast member Yano Anaya (aka Grover Dill):

If you are ready to act now and want to avoid an acute case of FOMO if you are not in attendance (Fear. Of. Missing. Out.), CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS.

Want to learn more about Film Forward and the Greater Cleveland Film Commission?  Give us a call or email to arrange a time to visit us in our offices for an information session or to book a presentation of this social mindset concept in front of your company, neighborhood/community group, or professional organization. Contact us here.
The late great American hero, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”  Take that first step today.