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 dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony yesterday; a culmination of years of hard work on the part of the Greater Cleveland Film Commission, Cleveland State University leaders, and Ohio and city representatives.

CSU student Thyra Chaney

“Everybody’s going to be ready to go into the workforce”, says student Thyra Chaney.

Originally from California, Thyra captured it perfectly. The next generation of filmmakers are gaining the skills, knowledge, and experience they will need in order to work in the fast-growing Cleveland film industry.

The school’s first 300 students are already fully immersed in the film and media curriculum in the brand new classrooms, which include state-of-the-art animation and editing labs, a motion capture space, a mobile operations simulator room, and soundproofed shooting stages customizable to any project

See more about the film school and the GCFC:
President and CEO Ivan Schwarz’s Dedication Speech
WKYC – Cleveland State dedicates Ohio’s first free-standing film school
Cleveland.com – See behind the scenes at Cleveland State University’s new School of Film & Media Studies
Cleveland.com – Cleveland’s film industry could be an economic blockbuster


Students in the first class of the new CSU School of Film & Media Arts

 

From the Left: CSU School of Film & Media Arts Director & Professor Frederic Lahey, Cleveland City Council President Kevin Kelley, GCFC President and CEO Ivan Schwarz, and Cleveland City Councilman Anthony Brancatelli

 

Former CSU President Dr. Ronald Berkman discussed the amount of work and dedication on the part of the GCFC and others required to bring this new school to fruition

That’s A Wrap: ‘The Last Summer’

We want to say a huge thank you to the cast and crew of the The Last Summer, which recently wrapped production!!

Movie’s like this help keep the spotlight on Northeast Ohio’s media production industry, providing jobs for our local professionals and generating economic impact.

Hear what the crew had to say about the Greater Cleveland Film Commission and filming in Cleveland!

That’s a Wrap: ‘Native Son’ & ‘I See You’

We want to say thank you to the cast and crews from Native Son and I See You, which have both wrapped production.

Both productions helped keep the spotlight on Northeast Ohio’s media production industry, providing jobs for our local professionals and generating economic impact.


Check out these photos from Native Son‘s Wrap Party!

Show Support for Increasing the Film Tax Incentive

Ohio House Bill 525 would create jobs for Northeast Ohio,
and your representatives need to know you support it!

Contact your State Representatives HERE

House Bill 525 would increase the Ohio Motion Picture Tax Credit from $40 million to $100 million, allowing for the creation of many more new jobs for the state, but more specifically, for Northeast Ohio.

H.B. 525 would more than double the current film tax incentive and would also make some Broadway shows eligible for the benefit as well. Broadways shows that run in Ohio for at least five weeks, with at least six performances a week, would qualify for the tax credit, as would off-Broadway shows looking to work out the kinks before opening in New York City. With Cleveland having the second largest theater district outside of New York, that means shows could run for up to five months.

The money spent on the incentive makes Ohio more competitive than other states when Hollywood and Broadway productions scout for production locations. If H.B. 525 is made into law, we will have one of, if not, the best incentive in the country because it will encompass theater production in addition to film and TV production.

The passage of H.B. 525 will allow for the creation of a more permanent Ohio workforce in film, TV and live theater. With the tax credit being distributed twice a year, instead of the current annual award, it allows for greater flexibility to include more new projects as they become available, increasing the amount of production that can be happening at one time.

H.B. 525 will require applicants to show the positive economic impact that their production would have on the state; the amount of money a production will receive will be based on their impact.

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‘The Last Summer’ – Film in CLE, Summer 2018

We are so excited to have The Last Summer filming in Cleveland this summer!


Cast of “The Last Summer” (left to right) K.J. Apa, Maia Mitchell, and Jacob Latimore

The Last Summer is a romantic comedy starring K.J. Apa (Riverdale), Maia Mitchell (The Fosters), and Jacob Latimore (The Maze Runner).

The film follows a group of friends as they spend their ‘last summer’ together before college as they get ready to take control of their lives and their futures for the first time. In true rom-com fashion, The Last Summer weaves the stories of its characters together as they wrestle with love, relationship troubles with their parents, and ultimately, the question of who they will be and what they will do with their lives.

The Last Summer began shooting on May 7th, and will be in production around Northeast Ohio through June.

‘I See You’ – Film in CLE, Summer 2018

We are so excited to have I See You filming in Cleveland this summer!


Actress Helen Hunt

I See You is a thriller directed by Adam Randall (Netflix’s iBoy) and written by Devon Graye.

The film will star Helen Hunt (Twister) as the wife of a lead investigator in a child abduction case which has brought a spotlight onto a case from the past. The investigator struggles to find a way to forgive his wife for cheating, and while she struggles with guilt, she begins to lose her grip on reality. Soon, a malicious presence begins to manifest itself in their home, and puts their young son in mortal danger.

Zodiac Pictures’ Matt Waldeck is the producer for I See You, with Ben Hecht as executive producer alongside Hilary Davis, Stephen Kelliher and Patrick Howson for Bankside Films, and Phil Hunt and Compton Ross for Head Gear Films.

I See You began filming on May 7th, and will be in production through June.

Want to be an extra on I See You? Click HERE for details!

Bill would increase Ohio’s film tax credit

Cleveland.com’s Laura Hancock recently interviewed President and CEO Ivan Schwarz to talk about the new bill, House Bill 525, which would increase the Ohio Film Tax Credit from $40 million to $100 million, allowing for the creation of many more new jobs for the state, but more specifically, for Northeast Ohio.  ORIGINAL ARTICLE HERE


A new bill before the Ohio General Assembly would more than double the state’s Motion Picture Tax Credit and would make some Broadway shows eligible for the benefit.

Currently at $40 million year, the credit would increase to $100 million annually under House Bill 525, according to Capitol Letter, cleveland.com’s daily Statehouse tip sheet.

The money is aimed at making Ohio more competitive than other states when Hollywood and Broadway producers scout locations, said the measure’s sponsor, Rep. Kirk Schuring, a Canton Republican, who recently visited Broadway with leaders from the Greater Cleveland Film Commission.

Schuring is interested in economic development that can come from large film, television and theater productions.

Broadway plays and musicals that run in Ohio for at least five weeks, with at least six performances a week, would qualify for the credit under HB 525. So would productions known as “adaptive versions,” which show off-Broadway to work out kinks before opening in New York City.

Only New York, Chicago and New Hampshire have tax benefits for Broadway productions, said Ivan Schwarz, president and CEO of the Greater Cleveland Film Commission.

“What’s really nice about this is we will probably have the best incentive in the United States, which will make us more competitive than anybody,” he said.

Schwarz was on the New York trip with Schuring at the end of last year. They spoke to four Broadway producers who each encouraged the tax credit.

If the General Assembly adopts the bill, Cleveland – with the country’s second largest theater district, after New York – could get shows that run for up to five months, Schwarz said.

Schuring also hopes his bill will create a permanent Ohio workforce in film, TV and live theater – jobs such as lighting experts and stage techs.

The tax credit would be distributed twice a year, instead of the current annual award. Schuring said a twice yearly distribution allows the credit to be more flexible to award money as new projects arise.

The bill requires applicants to show the positive economic impact their production would have on the state, and productions will receive money based on their impact.

As the No. 2 in GOP House leadership, Schuring has an influential role that boosts the bill’s chances of being adopted by the General Assembly. Schuring hopes some producers will testify in favor of the bill.

“I think we can see more and more of these productions land in Ohio, in particular the Northeast Ohio area,” he said.

“American Ninja Warrior” Cleveland Finals Watch Party Was A Huge Success!

This past Monday, we held our Cleveland Finals Watch Party event for “American Ninja Warrior” and it couldn’t have gone better.

We had an amazing turnout at The Corner Alley Downtown, the ninjas in attendance were so gracious with their time, Q104’s Jeremiah and Jeff were amazing emcees for the evening, WKYC Channel 3 was broadcasting live spots from the event AND we raised money for our organization!

Thank you to WKYC and Q104 for being such great media partners for this event, Jeremiah and Jeff for their fun and energy, and The Corner Alley for all their help with the event and their generous donation to GCFC.
Thanks also to our Cleveland ninjas Amy Pajcic, PJ Camargo and Michael Nowoslawski.
Most importantly, thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate this great spotlight for the city of Cleveland and #FilmInCLE. Click below for even more pictures of our event!

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 an early 2018 release.

Kids Film It Festival

The Kids Film It Festival is now accepting entries for 2017 in the age categories of 8-11, 12-14 and 15-18, and in the genres of Film, Animation and Music. The maximum length of an entry is five minutes.

The festival was started by 13-year-old Ryan Levine last year as a way to give kids a platform to submit their films to a festival and raise money for Parkinson’s research. All proceeds will benefit the Michael J. Fox Foundation.

The films will be judged by Marc Buckland (producer/director, “My Name Is Earl”), Todd Lieberman (producer, Mandeville Films and Television) and GCFC President Ivan Schwarz. Prizes include $500 Best Buy gift cards and GoPro cameras.

Click here for more information about the festival.