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LMGI Awards 2021 – Nominee Panel – Outstanding Locations in a Period Feature Film


SOURCE: The LMGI | Dodd Vickers
October 14, 2021

Locations on Two Podcast host Dodd Vickers moderates a chat with a few of our 2021 LMGI Award Nominees for Outstanding Locations in a Period Feature

Featuring:
Nick Rafferty LMGI – The Trial of the Chicago 7
Bill Garvey – Judas and the Black Messiah
Timothy Kenieski – Judas and the Black Messiah
Bill Darby LMGI – Enola Holmes
Jess Macdonald – Enola Holmes
William Doyle LMGI – Mank

THE LMGI AWARDS are an internationally recognized celebration of the outstanding contributions of location professionals and film commissions around the world. The awards spotlight our craft, honoring nominees who are instrumental in the creative use of filming locations that set the tone, enrich the character, and enhance the narrative. The LMGI Awards pay tribute to contemporary and period film and television programs, as well as commercial advertising. Film commissions are also celebrated for their exemplary service. Additional honorees include the Eva Monley Award, the LMGI Humanitarian Award, the Lifetime Achievement Award and the Trailblazer Award.

Bill Garvey Is Ready To Lead Cleveland’s Next Film Renaissance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


SOURCE: Cleveland Magazine | Story: Henry Palattella Art: Lauren Bacho
October 6, 2021

After working as a location scout for more than a decade, the New York City transplant took over as the new Greater Cleveland Film Commission president in September.

In 2008, Bill Garvey’s life was upended. Like many people involved in the film industry at the time, Garvey lived in New York City, where he had plans to move in with his then-fiancee (now wife). On the cusp of their move, things changed however, as his fiancee’s mother’s health took a decline. Instead of welcoming her to New York City, Garvey packed his bags and headed to Cleveland. “Sometimes you just have to roll with what life throws at you,” Garvey says.

Now, 13 years and more than a dozen movies later, Garvey’s ready to usher in Cleveland’s next generation of film as the new president of the Greater Cleveland Film Commission. With over a decade of experience, Garvey has worked as a location manager in the film industry, working on films such as The Fate Of The Furious and Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Here, Garvey shares his thoughts on the future of Cleveland’s film scene and what his plans are to succeed.

ON HIS MAIN GOAL AS PRESIDENT. Workforce development is key. I want to make it so that when a movie comes here, we have a workforce that’s reflective of the population that lives here. These jobs are well-paying jobs that people can raise a family on. We want filmmakers and producers to look at Ohio. It’s all about pounding the pavement and getting people to look at Ohio because it’s not most producers’ first choice when it comes to making movies. We can look like any other city. Cleveland has stood in for New York City, Washington, D.C., and other cities.

ON HOW CLEVELAND CAN BECOME A MORE ATTRACTIVE FILMING DESTINATION. The tax incentive is the end-all be-all. Right now, we have a $40 million tax incentive for films in Ohio. Ours is set up similar to Georgia’s, except for that theirs has no cap. Last year during COVID, filmmakers spent $2.2 billion in Georgia because they have no tax incentive cap and also have studios to shoot in. One of my goals is to increase the incentive cap, because once you increase the cap, you provide incentive for studios to invest in the area. Once you have a stage, you have more work. It’s self-fulfilling. A studio also means you’ll be able to get TV shows, which can stabilize the industry.

ON HOW HE HAS PREPARED TO HIT THE GROUND RUNNING. As a location manager, I already have relationships with studios because I worked with them to help figure out movies. I’ve been here for a decade and have helped with over a dozen movies. When I talk to producers, I’m speaking their language and understand what their needs are. Every state has its own quirks and I’ve navigated that. I have relationships in city government and have worked with them on logistics on projects big and small. Part of the job is also advising on where to look for stuff, which I did all the time as a location manager. When you’re looking for a place that could serve as an evil lair, you must be creative about it.

ON HOW CLEVELAND’S FILM SCENE IS RECOVERING.It’s going to be a good fall. Location filming was basically shut down last year so there’s an explosion of content right now. We’ve got a bunch of high-profile projects coming here all at once starting with two coming in the fall. We have an opportunity to ramp up the business and get more people working. On the set of Wheat Germ [this summer], we had 450 people on set at once, all of whom were making money.

Documentary with LeBron James highlights, follows students at Akron’s I Promise School

Professional artist Kris Rhymes gifted the I PROMISE SCHOOL with a one-of-a-kind piece of artwork. (Source: LeBron James Family Foundation)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


SOURCE: Cleveland 19 News | Chris Anderson
October 6, 2021

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) – A new documentary produced by LeBron James and his team at The SpringHill Company shows what it’s like to live a day in the life of students at Akron’s I Promise School.

Film crews followed along with students and teachers during the school’s inaugural academic year for the YouTube documentary.

According to the documentary’s description:

“From executive producers LeBron James and Maverick Carter comes the story of the first academic year inside the groundbreaking I Promise School. With students selected from the lower 25th percentile across the district, the film explores the day-to-day trials, tribulations and triumphs of students and families growing up in Akron, Ohio. I Promise delivers a story of resilience in the face of adversity and shares a new model for urban, public education – a holistic, STEM-focused approach led by love and Social Emotional Learning infused with the LeBron James Family Foundation’s “We Are Family” philosophy. And what’s at stake? Nothing short of these kids’ lives.”

 

 

Cleveland’s Asian entertainment industry to boom with new, upcoming films

 

 

 

 

 


SOURCE: WKYC 3 Studios | Anna Meyer
October 6, 2021

The Asian entertainment scene in Cleveland is growing at a rapid speed with an abundance of new and upcoming films.

Upcoming Film: Lunchbox

Cleveland Taiwanese American Native Anne Hu is returning to the film scene with her new film Lunchbox. The film will feature a Taiwanese American woman that is preparing lunches from her childhood. As she makes these meals, she realizes that she struggles to forgive herself for pushing away her immigrant mother many years ago. The filming of Lunchbox will take place in Cleveland towards the middle of the month.

MIXED Documentary Premiere 

The Greater Cleveland Film Commission will be hosting American University professors and documentarians such as Northeast Ohio-native Leena Jayaswal for the MIXED Cleveland Premiere & Community Conversations. The event will take place on Thursday, Oct. 7, at 7 p.m. at the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque. Tickets can be purchased here. The documentary is presented by the Center for Asian American Media.

Johnny Wu’s Latest Film Premiere 

On Sept. 18, Cleveland Native Johnny K. Wu held a special VIP premiere of his new film, “The Wu Lin Society.” The special event was well received as 250 people attended in person and 24 attended virtually.

The night was full of surprises for attendees as they enjoyed a live comedian and surprise films on top of the “Wu Lin The Society” showing. The feedback has been positive from attendees and the movie already has received 10 awards.

2021 LMGI Awards Nominees include Cleveland ‘Judas and the Black Messiah’ Crew

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


SOURCE: Location Managers Guild International
August 20, 2021

THE LMGI AWARDS are an Internationally recognized celebration of the outstanding contributions of location professionals in feature film, television and commercial advertising. The Awards spotlight our craft, honoring productions in which the creative use of filming locations sets the tone, enriches the character and inspires the storytelling narrative. Film commissions are celebrated for their exemplary service.

 

 

Russ Mitchell goes one-on-one with incoming Greater Cleveland Film Commission President Bill Garvey


SOURCE: WKYC 3 Studios | Jessica Miller, Russ Mitchell
August 13, 2021

CLEVELAND — As Hollywood ramps up it’s recovery after the pandemic, the Northeast Ohio film industry is poised for a new era of leadership under Bill Garvey, who takes over as the new president of the Greater Cleveland Film Commission next month.

In a new interview with 3News’ Russ Mitchell, Garvey says, the region is an ideal spot for filmmaking.

“We have amazing architecture here. We have amazing infrastructure. The people are great,” he said. “This is an industry that we can be successful at.”

A location manager with 20-plus years of experience, Garvey has spent the last 13 of those here in Ohio. He is credited with helping to bring films like “The Fate of the Furious” and Marvel’s “The Avengers” to Cleveland.

He succeeds Evan Miller, who held the position for less than two years, and longtime president Ivan Schwartz, who led the organization from 2006 to 2013.

Garvey says his main focus is to bring more productions here to Northeast Ohio.

“And that goes hand in hand with the film tax incentive,” he explained.  “So right now we have a $40 million cap. I want to raise that to increase production, to strengthen it – because we have good production here.”

Production that Garvey believes could one day rival Georgia, which has exploded as a major entertainment industry hub in recent years.

“It’s everybody’s competition. It’s the pinnacle. I mean, it’s really where all movies are going these days,” he said. “Marvel has set up shop there, Disney, Apple…there, there’s so much production there. It’s robust.  Thousands of people are working, and there really good-paying jobs.”

And Garvey believes the sky’s the limit in terms of how large the industry could grow in Northeast Ohio.

“It’s all about political willpower to increase the tax incentive. So once we do that, the jobs will flow.”

Since the motion picture tax credit program launched in Ohio in 2009, Cleveland has played host to more than 300 productions. And now, Garvey says we’re poised for a post-Covid comeback.

“Right now we have movies filming all the time. We have three coming in, in the fall,” he said. “We have an explosion of production happening unlike any other time, because there’s a vacuum of content [because of the pandemic shut downs] that all these streaming services need to fill. And now is the time to seize this opportunity.”

It’s a vision that could help re-write Cleveland’s story – just like a Hollywood screenplay.

“There’s a lot to like about the new business,” Garvey said. “It’s a growing industry. When you see manufacturing going away, this is an industry that’s growing. Why can’t we?”

Cleveland-based Transition Studios finds worldwide audience


SOURCE: WKYC Channel 3 Studios | Chris Webb
July 15, 2021

CLEVELAND — Transition is a film studio full of Netflix top 10 documentaries, awards and national press. Founder and CEO. Sean Rech says this Cleveland based company has seen a lot of growth in a short period of time.

“I’m 56. I started this when I was 43 with my business partner, Ralph McGreevey. At my age, with no experience, I wasn’t going to get anyone to hire me to make movies in Hollywood or anywhere else. So I figured I had to create my own job,” Rech recalled.

And that’s exactly what Sean did. After making seasons of Crimestoppers for TV, Sean, and the team switched gears into documentary filmmaking.

 

 

Greater Cleveland Film Commission names Bill Garvey as president

Photo by Jeff Downie.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


SOURCE: Crain’s Cleveland Business | Scott Suttell
July 13, 2021

The Greater Cleveland Film Commission this fall will have a new president who has worked on some of Hollywood’s biggest recent productions — including several shot in Ohio.

The nonprofit organization on Tuesday, July 13, announced that Bill Garvey, a longtime location manager for television and movie productions, will become president effective Sept. 27. Garvey will fill a position that has been vacant since Evan Miller left the film commission in December after 18 months on the job in a departure that was characterized as a mutual decision between both parties.

 

 

Greater Cleveland Film Commission Hires New President

Bill Garvey [Greater Cleveland Film Commission]. Photo by Jeff Downie.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


SOURCE: Ideastream Public Media | Carrie Wise
July 13, 2021

The Greater Cleveland Film Commission announced the hiring of a new president Tuesday. Bill Garvey will lead the organization, which promotes TV and film production in the region, effective Sept. 27.

Garvey has worked as a location manager, securing sites for films and shows in Ohio, with credits including “The Avengers,” “Captain America” and “Fast & Furious: The Fate of the Furious,” according to a press release.

 

 

Greater Cleveland Film Commission names Bill Garvey as new president

The Greater Cleveland Film Commission announced that longtime television and motion picture location manager Bill Garvey has been named the organization’s new president, effective September 27. Photo by Jeff Downie.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


SOURCE: Cleveland.com | Joey Morona
July 13, 2021

CLEVELAND, Ohio — The Greater Cleveland Film Commission has named Bill Garvey as its new president. He succeeds Evan Miller, who left the organization in December after 18 months on the job.

Garvey is a television and movie location manager based in Ohio who helped bring movie productions such as “The Fate of the Furious,” “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” and “Marvel’s The Avengers” to Cleveland. As head of the GCFC, his main focus will be to promote the region as a hot spot for film and television production where producers and filmmakers can take advantage of the Ohio Motion Picture Tax Credit.