As more people are encouraged to remain at home and practice social distancing due to COVID-19, many have found themselves wondering how they’re going to fill the time. That’s where we come in.
The Greater Cleveland Film Commission is excited to bring you the GCFC Ultimate Streaming Guide, curated with educational as well as entertaining content that can be streamed to your tv, computer or favorite mobile device.
Stream job training courses with the GCFC-exclusive program FilmSkills, watch concerts and Broadway performances, keep the kids learning with virtual classrooms, tour the world’s most famous museums from home, and even watch films and television shows that were filmed in Cleveland!
Check back often as more streaming offerings are becoming available each day.
If you don’t already have internet service, the rest of this guide won’t be very helpful. Several companies have stepped up to keep the nation connected. Spectrum offers internet assistance for qualified households, Comcast is offering two free months of internet service for those who qualify, and AT&T is automatically waiving home Internet data overage charges for AT&T Internet customers through September 30th.
ONLINE JOB TRAINING
FilmSkills will teach you what it takes to work in the film industry, from being a Production Assistant to finding the department you want to work in, with courses from over 150 leading Hollywood filmmakers. Each self-guided course provides relevant, employer-driven curriculum and program certifications.
Trainees will receive certification in the GCFC Beginner’s Film Readiness Program upon successful completion of the first three courses: Breaking Into the Film Industry, Safety Training Course, and Working on Location.
STREAM CLEVELAND-MADE FILMS
Our mission at the GCFC is to create jobs and economic development in Northeast Ohio by building a thriving and sustainable media production industry. Since 2009, the State of Ohio has seen more than $700 million in economic impact and created more than 5,000 full-time equivalent jobs thanks to media production. Over 70% of production during that time has taken place in Greater Cleveland, and now is the perfect time to stream these Cleveland-made classics!
Here are some of our favorites and where you can find them:
- All the Bright Places (Netflix)
- Welcome to Collinwood (Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, iTunes, YouTube Movies, Google Play)
- The Avengers (Amazon Prime Video, Disney+, iTunes, YouTube Movies, Google Play)
- Captain Ameria: The Winter Soldier (Amazon Prime Video, Disney+, iTunes, YouTube Movies, Google Play)
- Queen & Slim (Amazon Prime Video, YouTube Movies, Google Play)
- The Kings of Summer (Amazon Prime Video)
- Little Evil (Netflix)
When just one of these productions came to town, they helped create hundreds of local jobs, engaged with hundreds of local businesses, and booked thousands of hotel room nights. The GCFC received $0.
As a nonprofit organization, we rely solely on the financial support of businesses, community partners, and generous individuals like you. Click HERE to help us continue to bring production jobs and business to Northeast Ohio with your donation today!
MIKE WENDT RECOMMENDS
GCFC Production Coordinator Mike Wendt started a web series where he gives his streaming recommendations!
Check out the rest of his series HERE.
MORE CLEVELAND MOVIES TO STREAM NOW
Cleveland Magazine put together this great list of movies that either star Clevelanders, are set in Northeast Ohio, or feature some kind of local tie, and where you can watch them! For example, Creed II was directed by Ohio City-native Steven Caple Jr., who also directed the Cleveland-based coming-of-age film The Land.
FREE STREAMING SERVICES YOU’VE ALREADY PAID FOR
Did you know that you have access to free streaming services that you’ve already paid for with your tax dollars? Thanks to libraries like the Cuyahoga County Public Library and the Cleveland Public Library, you can have access to commercial-free streaming anytime simply by using your library card!
Libraries are offering free streaming services like Hoopla and Kanopy that give users access not only to movies, but also ebooks, audiobooks, and music! Learn more about the Cleveland Public Library’s streaming services HERE and the Cuyahoga County Public Library’s streaming services HERE.
HOW TO CUT THE CABLE
Are you stuck at home with standard cable, but want to switch to the flexibility and low price of a streaming service? With most entertainment companies now having their own streaming services, the number of options can be overwhelming. See Cleveland.com’s guide on cutting cable.
Consumers Advocate came up with this comprehensive guide to help you navigate the ever-growing number of content providers. They compared plans and trial periods, bundles and customization options, library and available networks, and supported devices to help you find the best services that fit your streaming needs.
FREE NFL GAME PASS
Browns fans rejoice! The NFL just announced that NFL Game Pass is FREE until July 31st! Replay NFL games from 2009-2019 and NFL Original Shows, like previous seasons of Hard Knocks, A Football Life, and Mic’d Up.
Relive all the greatest games now by clicking HERE.
EARLY STUDIO RELEASES
Social distancing and theater closures have caused several studios to release some new movies to streaming and Video on Demand (VOD) services early. Disney’s Frozen II came to Disney+ three months earlier than originally scheduled, Universal’s The Hunt, The Invisible Man, Emma and Trolls: World Tour are also now available.
GCFC President Evan Miller talked with WKYC’s Brandon Simmons to explain why studios have made the move.
FIND YOUR FAVORITES FAST
With so many streaming platforms out there, how do you even know where to find your favorite movies or TV shows? JustWatch has you covered! On their website or their free app (available on iOS, Android, and FireTV), simply type in the title you’re looking for, and JustWatch will show you what platforms are streaming it!
Don’t know what to watch next? JustWatch also gives you personalized recommendations for movies and TV shows that are similar to ones you’ve already watched.
LIVE CONCERTS & THEATER
NPR Music has compiled a long list of live audio and video concert streams from across the globe, on both free and subscription-based platforms scheduled through July 30th. Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube is serving as the concert hall, and you’ve got the best seat in the house!
To help support the talented artists you’ll be streaming, be sure to look out for digital tip jars and opportunities to buy their music and merchandise.
Broadway may have gone dark, but fear not, theater fans! BroadwayHD, the Netflix of Broadway shows, is bringing your favorite plays and musicals straight to your favorite streaming device. Start with a 7-day free trial by picking a monthly or yearly subscription plan.
Don’t want to start another subscription? Check out Playbill’s 15 Broadway Plays and Musicals You Can Wath On Stage From Home for classics like Hamilton, CATS, RENT, and Newsies available on services you may already have like Amazon Prime, Hoopla, YouTube and more.
CLEVELAND VIRTUAL EDUCATION
Back in March, the Cleveland Metroparks and Zoo launched a weekday Virtual Classroom. Every day, Zoo biologists showed how they secure a future for wildlife right here in Cleveland’s Zoo. See all the episodes on their Facebook Page. The Metroparks naturalists also had a daily video series where they looked for signs of spring, discovered wildlife and more. See past videos on their Facebook Page.
The Great Lakes Science Center is now open, but that doesn’t mean their Curiosity Corner LIVE! videos have stopped! With over 100 episodes, Curiosity Corner explores the wonders of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) and delivers fun-filled STEM video live tours and demonstrations of cool projects and experiments you can try at home. Tune in to their YouTube Channel every day at 10:30 a.m. for a live, interactive science video every day.
STAY SOCIAL WHILE PRACTICING SOCIAL DISTANCING
While the world has slowly begun to open back up, practicing social distancing is still highly encouraged. If you can’t meet in person yet for one reason or another, it’s still important to regularly check in with family and friends. Virtual visits can not only boost your own morale but keeping connected and practicing active listening for the important people in your life can do wonders for helping ease anxiety and stress.
Tired of watching Netflix alone? Start a Netflix Party and watch your favorite TV shows and movies with your friends! Netflix Party synchronizes video playback in HD and adds group chat to your favorite Netflix shows. One important note: this feature is only available on Google Chrome browsers on desktop or laptop computers.
Don’t have Netflix, or want to watch a movie not offered on their platform? Amazon has launched their own Amazon Prime Video Watch Party! Watch hundreds of movies and shows from Amazon’s catalog while chatting with up to 100 friends, no plugin or download required. Available to Prime subscribers, the feature is available on almost all desktop browsers, except for Apple’s Safari, Smart TVs, game consoles, mobile phones and tablets aren’t currently supported. Learn more here!
Social distancing doesn’t have to be all serious business. Why not play a game with your most competitive family and friends with Words with Friends 2 or Trivia Crack? Check out Apple’s App Store or the Google Play Store app for more multiplayer game recommendations to keep you connected.
KEEP AN ACTIVE MIND, BODY, & SPIRIT
Most of us have a lot of extra downtime right now, and that’s great for getting some much-needed rest. However, the increased isolation and social distancing can also have some negative effects on your mental, physical, and spiritual wellbeing.
Check out these resources to stay engaged:
LEARN A NEW LANGUAGE
They say the best way to learn a new language is to speak it. Download the HelloTalk app on your iOS or Android device and start learning a language by text, voice, or video chatting with native speakers from around the world for free! With 150+ languages supported, and 18+ million members to chat with, you’ll be fluent in any language you choose by the time things get back to normal.
Staying active will help keep you focused, fit and healthy! Get those mood-boosting endorphins flowing with free in-home workouts streamed daily from companies like Planet Fitness (Monday – Friday, 7 p.m. EST on Facebook LIVE), Orangetheory (posted daily), Peloton (30 day free trial to new users), CorePower Yoga (free access to limited collection), Beachbody On Demand (14 day free trial) and Gold’s Gym (free on-demand workouts).
Y-M-C-A! They’ve got everything you need to stay fit during this Stay-at-Home time. The YMCA has launched more than 60 free online exercise classes and youth programs to “support the health and well-being of the community.” Classes include boot camp, barre, yoga, weightlifting, boxing, Tai Chi and more!
There’s a lot of uncertainty right now, but you don’t have to give in to the anxiety and restless feelings in your spirit. Apps like Headspace have released specific COVID-19-related guided meditation, sleep, and movement exercises you can stream to help you sort through whatever you may be feeling.
BE A VIRTUAL TOURIST
Disneyland and Disney World may be closed, but that doesn’t mean you can’t experience the magic while you’re at home! With the power of YouTube, and thanks to channels like SoCal Attractions 360, you can “ride” your favorite’s like Disneyland’s Alice in Wonderland Ride, Disney World’s Frozen Ride, travel to Hong Kong Disneyland and “ride” the Mystic Manor ride, and appreciate the newfound meaning of It’s a Small World.
Museums are slowly beginning to reopen, but in case you aren’t comfortable venturing out yet, you can still view many collections online. The Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA)’s online collection and ArtLens App boast hi-res artworks, videos, metadata, and more. You can even browse CMA’s digital archives for past audio and visual recordings of past events, programs, and more.
Want to check out other museum collections from around the world? You can see online exhibits at the Guggenheim Museum in New York, tour the British Museum in London, browse the paintings of Vermeer and Rembrandt at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, take a virtual tour of the Louvre in Paris, and catch up on the best contemporary art at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul, South Korea.
Didn’t see your favorite museum listed? Check out Google Arts & Culture‘s partner page to find yours!
STORYTIME FOR THE YOUNG & YOUNG AT HEART
One of the greatest things to come out of the COVID-19 closures is that your children’s favorite authors are now streaming virtual storytimes! Authors like Mo Willems, Mac Barnett, and Shawn Harris can be found on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube by searching the hashtag #OperationStoryTime.
Storyline Online is the SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s award-winning children’s literacy website that streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Readers include Viola Davis, Chris Pine, Lily Tomlin, Kevin Costner, Annette Bening, James Earl Jones, Betty White and dozens more.
Audible is making hundreds of titles available for FREE during the COVID-19 pandemic. Audible knows that stories help us to stay entertained, stay engaged, and stay alert. This curated collection of stories is free to stream on any desktop, laptop, phone or tablet.
Get started HERE.