Akron North High School students win statewide competition with film about hope, success in life

 


SOURCE: News 5 Cleveland | Kaylyn Hlavaty
August 27, 2020

Two Akron students tapped into issues happening in the world to win the Ohio Afterschool Network (OAN) Summer Pitch Challenge.

Nicholas Reese, an 11th-grader at North High School, shared his perception of the world, with his business idea based on everyone not getting an equal shot at success.

His idea, “Three key words: There’s still hope” provides students with one-on-one tutors to ensure students understand lectures, directions and ensure everyone succeeds.

 

 

Akron North High School students win statewide competition with film about hope, success in life

 


SOURCE: News 5 Cleveland | Kaylyn Hlavaty
August 27, 2020

Two Akron students tapped into issues happening in the world to win the Ohio Afterschool Network (OAN) Summer Pitch Challenge.

Nicholas Reese, an 11th-grader at North High School, shared his perception of the world, with his business idea based on everyone not getting an equal shot at success.

His idea, “Three key words: There’s still hope” provides students with one-on-one tutors to ensure students understand lectures, directions and ensure everyone succeeds.

 

 

Ohio’s Motion Picture Tax Credit likely won’t be impacted by COVID-19

Greater Cleveland Film Commission President Evan Miller said there probably won’t be any unused parts of this year’s tax credit

SOURCE:  WKYC Channel 3 Studios | Stephanie Haney
August 27, 2020

With tens of millions of dollars at stake, and the film industry seemingly at a standstill, people understandably want to know how the COVID-19 pandemic might impact money paid out from Ohio’s Motion Picture Tax Credit.

The answer to that is those payments likely won’t be impacted at all, according to Greater Cleveland Film Commission President Evan Miller.

Ohio’s Motion Picture Tax Credit allows for $40 million each year to encourage the film industry in Ohio.

However, only the first $20 million was awarded on July 31, Miller told 3News.

 

 

Greater Cleveland Film Commission is optimistic about the future of the entertainment industry in Northeast Ohio

GCFC President Evan Miller told 3News that Cleveland is well-positioned for when things reopen on a larger scale, when COVID-19 is more under control


SOURCE:  WKYC | Stephanie Haney
August 26, 2020

Ahead of a live conversation tonight with the voice of Bart Simpson, Nancy Cartwright, the president of the Greater Cleveland Film Commission (GCFC) is optimistic about the future of the film industry in Northeast Ohio, despite a pause in many productions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

While certain aspects of the entertainment industry have been less affected than others, the production world as a whole has had to adapt to new safety protocols designed to stop the spread of the coronavirus, and it has been rising to the challenge.

 

 

 

ABFF Creators Launch Inaugural Social Justice Now Film Festival, Michael B. Jordan And Opal Tometi To Serve As Co-Ambassadors

 

 

 

 

 


SOURCE:  Deadline.com | Dino-Ray Ramos
August 26, 2020

As the world perspective shifts and a reckoning continues to pulsate through the country when it comes to the social and economic issues facing Black and Brown communities, American Black Film Festival creators Jeff and Nicole Friday are launching the very first Social Justice Now Film Festival through their non-profit The Film Life Foundation. The event is set to take place October 21-25 with actor and producer Michael B. Jordan and Black Lives Matter Co-Founder Opal Tometi serving as co-ambassadors.

The Social Justice Now Film Festival is the first of its kind and will feature virtual screenings, community conversations and impact events that confront issues facing disenfranchised communities. Jordan’s Outlier Society is set as a partner for the event alongside Endeavor Content and One Community. Sony Pictures is the event’s Founding Sponsor.

 

 

‘Soul City Cleveland’ documentary to shine light on local music legends

Lou Ragland is featured in the upcoming documentary “Soul City Cleveland.” (Image courtesy Fanon Hill, “Soul City Cleveland”

 

 

 

 

 

 


SOURCE: Cleveland.com | Anne Nickoloff, cleveland.com
August 20, 2020

Lou Ragland. Vel Scott. Eddie Baccus Sr. Eugene Ross. “Crazy Marvin” Braxton.

These local music legends, and plenty more, will be the focus of “Soul City Cleveland,” an upcoming documentary that will shine a spotlight on Cleveland’s Black music scene, both past and present. The film is expected to release in 2021, but will put out teasers in the coming months.

The first teaser arrived on Wednesday, Aug. 19, featuring “Crazy Marvin” Braxton’s experience performing at the Apollo Theater in New York. Watch the clip below.

 

 

Chagrin Documentary Film Festival will go all-out for streaming as in-person screenings are curtailed

 

 

 

 

 

 


SOURCE: Crain’s Cleveland Business | Scott Suttell
August 19, 2020

The Chagrin Documentary Film Festival is scaling up its streaming offerings as it scales back plans for in-person screenings.

Mary Ann Ponce, director of the highly regarded festival, said all of the 101 documentary films that were selected (out of about 500 submissions) for this year’s event will be available for at-home streaming. The festival, which runs Oct. 6-11, is charging $10 per film, or it has packages that start at $100 for five-day unlimited access to the documentaries. The festival is partnering with Cleveland-based BoxCast, a video streaming company, to offer the service.

 

 

Hollywood’s Teamsters Local 399 Says Industry Talks “Getting Closer” To Finalizing Remaining Issues For Safe Return To Work

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SOURCE: Deadline.com | David Robb
August 17, 2020

The major companies and Hollywood’s unions are close to finalizing terms for restarting film and TV production. “Return-to-work discussions are ongoing with the studios and the other unions and guilds,” Teamsters Local 399 said in the latest message to its members. “At this time we are still trying to finalize some of the remaining issues, however we are getting closer and hope to conclude soon.”

 

 

Tom Holland’s Next Movie With Endgame Directors Teased in New Photo

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Source: Screenrant.com | Rachel Labonte
August 13, 2020

Tom Holland’s next movie with his Avengers: Endgame directors Joe and Anthony Russo, Cherry, gets a fresh tease in this new behind the scenes picture. Holland has collaborated with the Russos multiple times through the MCU, dating back to 2016’s Captain America: Civil War. However, Cherry will mark the first time they’ve worked together on a non-comic book movie. Cherry follows Holland’s PTSD-ridden Army medic who turns to robbing banks in order to cope with his opioid addiction. The film is based on Nico Walker’s autobiographical book of the same name.

 

 

 

Brown Girls Doc Mafia Launches Directory Of Women & Non-Binary Documentary Filmmakers Of Color

 

 

 

 

 


SOURCE: Deadline.com | Dino-Ray Ramos
August 12, 2020

DEADLINE EXCLUSIVE:

The documentary advocacy group Brown Girls Doc Mafia (BGDM) is bolstering representation behind the camera with a robust, searchable directory featuring over 200 of its members. The directory launches today and will offer access to women and non-binary people of color in the documentary space.

The platform is a destination for discovering talented women and non-binary filmmakers and executives of color. As part of the effort, the organization is calling upon the documentary industry to make a commitment to dismantling racism and sexism throughout the industry and increased hiring of BGDM members across all roles.