“Judas and the Black Messiah” wins outstanding locations on a period feature film at the Location Manager Guild International 2021 Awards













The Warner Bros produced motion picture was location managed by new Greater Cleveland Film Commission President Bill Garvey.

“Judas,” filmed entirely in Cleveland during the Fall of 2019, shines a spotlight on the progress the Greater Cleveland Film Commission has made to grow the motion picture industry in NE Ohio.  The Location Manager Guild Awards are the motion picture industry’s highest accolade for location scouting & management.

Warner Bros spent $20.89 million during production in NE Ohio, hired 118 local crew, hired over 3,000 extras, sourced from over 60 local businesses, and booked 1,000s of hotel room nights.

“Judas” was nominated in the Outstanding Locations on a Period Feature Category along with 4 other features:

  • Dreamland – Paramount
    • Ashley Valdez /LMGI, Clay DeVelvis
  • Enola Holmes – Netflix
    • Bill Darby /LMGI, Jess MacDonald
  • Judas and the Black Messiah – Warner Bros
    • Bill Garvey, Tim Kanieski
  • Mank – Netflix
    • William “Bill” Doyle /LMGI, Walter Roshetski
  • The Trial of the Chicago 7 – Netflix
    • Nick Rafferty /LMGI, Dennis Vozkov

A complete list of this year’s winners:

    Judas and the Black Messiah (Warner Bros.)
    Bill Garvey, Tim Kanieski
    Tenet (Warner Bros.)
    Janice Polley/LMGI, Julie Hannum/LMGI, Klaus Darrelman/LMGI
    The Crown – Season 4 (Netflix)
    Mark Walledge, Tate Araez/LMGI
    Lupin (Netflix)
    Thomas De Sambi, Valerie Segond
    The Queen’s Gambit (Netflix)
    David Pieper/LMGI, Stefan Woehleke, Matt Graver/LMGI
    It Already Does That (Apple Watch Series 6)
    Matt DeLoach/LMGI, Jof Hanwright/LMGI, Brent Gaffen
    Savannah Regional Film Commission (The Underground Railroad)
    Beth Nelson

Filmed-in-Cleveland ‘Judas and the Black Messiah’ honored at Location Manager Guild Awards

LaKeith Stanfield plays FBI informant William O’Neal in “Judas and the Black Messiah.”Glen Wilson | Warner Bros. Pictures








SOURCE: Cleveland.com | Joey Morona
October 25, 2021

CLEVELAND, Ohio — In late 2019, the filmmakers behind the Oscar-winning film “Judas and the Black Messiah” turned Cleveland’s Slavic Village into 1960′s Chicago.

The transformation was so believable, the film’s location managers Bill Garvey and Tim Kanieski took home the award for Outstanding Locations in a Period Feature Film at the recent Location Manager Guild International 2021 Awards.

The film beat out four other films — “Dreamland,” “Enola Holmes,” “Mank” and “The Trial of the Chicago 7″ — for the honor.



Location Managers Guild Awards: ‘Judas and the Black Messiah,’ ‘The Queen’s Gambit’ Among Winners

Daniel Kaluuya (second from right) has won awards for his performance as Fred Hampton in Judas and the Black Messiah at the Golden Globes, Critics Choice Awards, SAG Awards and BAFTA Awards. COURTESY OF WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT









SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter | Abbey White
October 23, 2021

Judas and the Black Messiah, Tenet, The Queen’s Gambit, Lupin and the fourth season of The Crownwere among the winners at this year’s Location Managers Guild International Awards held on Saturday.

Actor and director Isaiah Mustafa returned to host the annual ceremony, which went virtual for the second year in a row and was made free to stream on YouTube and Vimeo. Netflix productions ultimately dominated both the nominations, announced back in August, and this year’s winners list alongside Warner Bros.



‘Judas And The Black Messiah’ & ‘Tenet’ Among Winners At Eighth Annual LMGI Awards — Complete List

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SOURCE: Deadline.com | Matt Grobar
October 23, 2021

The Location Managers Guild International has unveiled the winners of its eight annual LMGI Awards, with Warner Bros.’ drama Judas and the Black Messiah and its Christopher Nolan blockbuster Tenet among a list that also included Netflix’s The Crown, Lupin & The Queen’s Gambit.

Judas was recognized with the award for Outstanding Locations in a Period Feature Film, with Tenet recognized for its Contemporary Feature Locations. The Crown Season 4 received the award for Period TV Locations, with Lupintaking that for Contemporary TV Locations, and The Queen’s Gambit being recognized in the category of TV Serial Program, Anthology or Limited Series Locations.



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

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?”