Cleveland Italian Film Festival Returns for 15th Year Despite Covid-19

Italian actor, Claudio Bisio, “Benvenuto Presidente”









SOURCE: Cleveland Scene | Sam Allard
September 9, 2020

The 15th annual edition of the Cleveland Italian Film Festival will proceed in 2020 in a reduced capacity after initial plans to cancel due to Covid-19.

Four Italian films will be screened on Thursday evenings from Sept. 17 to Oct. 8 at the Atlas Eastgate Cinemas in Mayfield Heights. Festival founder Joyce Mariani said that usually, efforts are made to hold screenings on both the east and west sides, but that because of theater availability, there would only be one location this year.



Greater Cleveland Urban Film Festival invites everyone to learn more about the African-American experience

SOURCE: Fox 8 News
September 9, 2020

It’s the 9th year for the Greater Cleveland Urban Film Festival and planners have an amazing lineup of films that you can enjoy virtually or at the drive-in movie theater. Fox 8’s Todd Meany learned about the festival from executive director Donna Dabbs. You can visit the festival’s website to see the full schedule of offerings:

Cleveland Italian Film Festival announces 2020 schedule

The Cleveland Italian Film Festival will feature four films in 2020. (Photo by Jeff Piorkowski)








SOURCE: | Anne Nickoloff
September 9, 2020

The Cleveland Italian Film Festival has announced its lineup for 2020.

The event, which normally takes place at both east and west-side movie theaters in Greater Cleveland, will be limited to its east-side location, Atlas Cinemas Eastgate, for 2020, said festival director Joyce Mariani. Four movie screenings will take place from Sept. 17 until Oct. 8.

Award-winning Cleveland filmmaker Johnny Wu’s newest film releases today on DVD

Immortal Combat: The Code







It’s been a rough year in the film industry during the coronavirus pandemic, but Cleveland filmmaker Johnny Wu has managed to see his latest project, “Immortal Combat: The Code” (originally titled “Wu Xia 2 The Code”) make it to DVD and Video on Demand (VOD).

Wu is the producer, director, and editor of the martial arts action movie, which will be available from online and big box retail stores starting today, Tuesday, Sept. 1. Immortal Combat depicts the Five Elements Clan fighting to save humanity with a code that the clan holds.



Cleveland Director Johnny Wu’s Latest Movie Receives Domestic Release

Courtesy of Johnny Wu





SOURCE: Cleveland Scene | Jeff Niesel
September 1, 2020

Last year after he hosted a local screening, local filmmaker Johnny Wu took his latest film, Wu Xia 2 the Code, on the festival circuit where it screened at more than 10 festivals. The movie combines science fiction visuals with Hong Kong-styled martial arts sequences that many of the actors choreographed themselves and tells the story of the 5 Elements, a group caught between corporations in pursuit of a code developed to provide clean air after pollution and radiation have damaged the Earth.



Tower City Cinemas to Close Permanently

A Kevin Hart promo event at Tower City Cinemas.








Local movie theater chain Cleveland Cinemas announced Monday that Tower City Cinemas, the 10-screen theater housed in the eponymous mall downtown which annually played host to the Cleveland International Film Festival until this year, is closing permanently as of today.

“While Tower City Cinemas has been closed since March due to the on-going health crisis, with the lease expiring, a decision was made to not reopen the theater,” said Cleveland Cinemas President Jon Forman, in a statement provided to the media. “Our management team and staff have done an incredible job during the 20-plus years we’ve operated this theater. We remain committed to movie-goers in Cleveland and we look forward to serving our Tower City patrons at our other cinemas.”




Chadwick Boseman was once a Cleveland Brown in ‘Draft Day’

Chadwick Boseman stars in “Draft Day.”







SOURCE: | Troy L. Smith
August 29, 2020

News broke Friday night of the death of Chadwick Boseman at the age of 43. Boseman has been battling colon cancer since 2016, a diagnosis he kept out of the public eye. He died at home with his wife and relatives by his side, according to a statement posted on his Twitter account.

Boseman was best known for playing superhero Black Panther in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He earned critical acclaim throughout his career for playing African American icons like Jackie Robinson (“42”), James Brown (“Get On Up”) and Thurgood Marshall (“Marshall”).

Boseman also played the fictional Vontae Mack in the 2014 film “Draft Day” focused on the Cleveland Browns. In the movie, Mack is a top prospect from Ohio State. Fictional Browns general manager Sonny Weaver Jr. (played by Kevin Costner) shocks the rest of the league by trading up and selecting Mack at No. 1 overall.



Actor Chadwick Boseman once played a Cleveland Brown in movie ‘Draft Day’

Before “Black Panther,” he was an OSU draft pick. The 43-year-old Boseman passed away on Friday after a four-year battle with colon cancer.

SOURCE: WKYC Channel 3 Studios | Andrew Horansky
August 29, 2020

During his impressive movie career, actor Chadwick Boseman once played a Cleveland Brown.

He starred in the film “Draft Day,” filmed in Cleveland, where he was a top draft pick from Ohio State.

By then, however, he was hardly new to Hollywood.

Boseman played Jackie Robinson in the film “42,” Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, and even the “King of Soul” himself, James Brown.

Yet it was in the groundbreaking film “Black Panther” that he marked a milestone in cultural history.

In Cleveland at the time, it was grounds for a field trip to see the all-black cast.

Student Kristian Harmon said the movie brought her “empowerment, courage, and hope.”

It was something Boseman brought off the screen too.




Hollywood Unions & AMPTP “Very Close” To Return-To-Work Deal, Sources Say

Mega Agency






SOURCE: | David Robb
August 28, 2020

DEADLINE EXCLUSIVE:  Hollywood’s unions and management’s Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers are “very close to an agreed upon framework for a safe return to work,” an industry source tells Deadline.

Their ongoing negotiations cover a wide range of safety issues that were left unresolved by the protocols adopted in a “white paper” issued June 1 by the Industry-Wide Labor Management Safety Committee Task Force, and the “Safe Way Forward” guidelines issued June 12 by SAG-AFTRA, the DGA, IATSE, Teamsters Local 399 and the Basic Crafts unions.



Jeremiah Talks To The Voice Of Bart Simpson, Nancy Cartwright








SOURCE: | The Jeremiah Show
August 27, 2020

The Greater Cleveland Film Commission presented VoiceOver and Beyond: A Conversation with Nancy Cartwright, the Voice of Bart Simpson, hosted by our very own Jeremiah!

Jeremiah interviewed Cartwright for the first half of the event. They spoke about her education at Ohio University, getting her start in voiceover work, and even which Rugrat she played. Guests could “chat” questions through FB Live during the second half.

To watch the full interview with Nancy Cartwright, the voice of Bart Simpson, click here.