Intern Corner

Meet the Intern: Jamari Wilbourn

Hi, my name is Jamari. I am a Freshman attending Saint Martin de Porres High School. I am 14 years old. I am a YouTuber and my goal is to get to 1 million subscribers! In my free time, I like to play games and help others. My favorite thing to do is make YouTube...

Meet the Intern: Cristina Avila

Hello, my name is Cristina Avila and I was born and raised in Texas. I moved to Ohio in 2015. Since high school, I have always found myself drawn to movies, music videos, and TV shows.  I always wanted to know what goes on behind the camera, and how and what it took to get...

Madison Woods: My First, First A.D. (Trial by Fire, sort of)

Last week I had the amazing privilege to work on a set with the renowned cinematographer Michael Goi (American Horror Story) and Hollywood Actress Holly Fulger (Ellen). It all started in August when the Director of CSU’s Film School reached out to us students to see if we would be interested in helping Holly run...

Meet the Intern: Dominic Taylor

My name is Dominic Michale Joseph Taylor. I’m a sophomore at Trinity High School, and I love it there; I’ve already met a lot of great people. I went to Washington Park Community School for Elementary and Middle School, where I made a lot of memories and met people I’m still friends with ‘till this...

Meet the Intern: Katarina Brankov

Katarina was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. She went to Brecksville Broadview Heights schools, where she participated for years in the music and drama program. Besides being in choir from 5th to 12th grade, she also participated in show choir, musicals, and local theatrical productions. Katarina always enjoyed performing, but also excelled as a...

Meet the Intern: Milan Hargrove

Hey guys, my name is Milan Hargrove. I’m a 15 year-old sophomore at St. Martin de Porres High School and I’m a returning GCFC intern from last year. At the GCFC last year, I learned new things about the business world and how I should present myself in the world. I learned most of that...

Meet the Intern: Madison Woods

Hi! My name is Madison Woods and I was born and raised in Cleveland, OH. I am currently in my second year at CSU studying Writing and Directing in the School of Film and Media Arts. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Media Arts and Studies from the University of Kentucky as well. Go...

Meet the Intern: Sam Butler

Hello! My name is Sam Butler and I am a recent graduate from the Cleveland Institute of Art (CIA) with a BFA in Photography and Video. I was born and raised in Cleveland and have always been interested in visual art and story-telling. It’s hard to pick a favorite movie or genre because each one...

Meet the Intern: Joseph Byers

My name is Joseph Byers, I was born in Cleveland, Ohio. I lived in the Westpark area for pretty much all my life. When I was little my family did not have much money, so we used to go see movies almost every weekend. When I was 18 years old, I tried to join the...

Meet the Intern: Michael Doerge

Hi! My name is Michael Doerge, I’m a Digital Media Production major at Kent State University, with a concentration in Digital Film. I was born and raised in Medina, here in Northeast Ohio, but I moved to Kent in 2018 to pursue my degree. I have 3 siblings: my older sister, Caralyn, works in Cleveland...

Meet the Intern: Faith Starks

Hello! My name is Faith Starks and I am a senior at Trinity High School from Bedford Heights, Ohio. I love to read, listen to music, play soccer, and skateboard, but most of all I love film! As a child I always loved sitting on the couch with some snacks and watching movies with my...

Meet the Intern: Tempest Brown

Greetings, my name is Tempest Brown and I am a recent graduate of Cuyahoga Community College. The reason I am interested in an internship with the Greater Cleveland Film Commission is that I want to be around creative individuals who will educate me about the filmmaking process and to be introduced to people in the...

Meet the Intern: Cynthia Wang

Hi! My name is Cynthia Wang and I am a rising Sophmore at Chapman University where I study Creative Producing in the Dodge College of Film and Media Arts. Starting this summer, I will be interning at the Greater Cleveland Film Commission for the second time. My first time interning here was during the summer...

Meet the Intern: Micah Simmons

Hello!  My name is Micah Simmons, and I am a rising sophomore at the Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music, where I study Music Composition and Film Studies. Ever since I can remember, I’ve loved movies and music.  My exposure to good films and good music by my parents was instrumental in my upbringing, and my...

Meet the Intern: Andre Holland

Coming from Saint Edward High School in Lakewood, Ohio. I would like to introduce you to Andre Holland, me! Currently, I live in Cleveland Heights. However, in the fall I will be moving to Columbus to begin studying at The Ohio State University. When I’m not at home with my mother, two siblings, my nephew,...

Meet the Intern: Lizzy Jerse

Hello, my name is Lizzy Jerse and I am a Cleveland native entering my second year at Fordham University. I plan to study Film & Television with a Business minor and have recently decided to apply for an additional Creative Writing major. I loved my Freshman year of gradually navigating New York City but am...

Meet the Intern: Tom Zavertnik

My name is Tom Zavertnik and I’m an upcoming Senior at Cleveland State University, currently going for my Bachelor of Fine Arts in Post Production. Though I’ve always been fond of movies, my interest in working and creating films mainly began when I went to the Medina County Career Center for Video Production. Taking what...

Meet the Intern: Margot Reid

Hello! My name is Margot Reid and I am from Gates Mills, Ohio. I am currently attending Fordham University with a major in Global Business with a minor in Film and Television. I just returned from a semester abroad in London, England where I traveled extensively around the UK and Europe. I am extremely excited...

Meet the Intern: Carly Armen

Hello, my name is Carly Armen. I am a current intern at the Greater Cleveland Film Commission for the summer of 2019. I recently graduated from Columbia College Chicago, with a major in Arts Management. I just moved back to Cleveland from Chicago six months ago, and I am excited to learn more about the...

Meet the Intern: Gabe Shapera

My name is Gabe Shapera and I am a rising Junior at Emerson College studying Film Production. I am very excited to continue my education by interning at the Greater Cleveland Film Commission this summer. Although I go to school in Boston, I live in Beachwood, Ohio and am excited to be back in Cleveland...

Meet the Intern: Ben Kemper

Hi, my name is Ben Kemper! I’ll be an intern at the Greater Cleveland Film Commission this summer (2019). This year, I’m a senior at Kent State University’s Digital Media Production program. I met the Commission’s Production Coordinator, Mike Wendt, a few years ago at the Cleveland International Film Festival. Through speaking with him, I...

Meet the Intern: Emilie Evans

My name is Emilie Evans and I am currently a senior at Shaker Heights High School. For my senior project, I am fortunate enough to have the opportunity to work with the Greater Cleveland Film Commission. Next year I will be traveling to Southern California to attend Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media...

Meet the Intern: Logan Willis

My name is Logan Willis, and I go to Mentor High School. I am currently on my Senior Project and I’m super excited to be working with the Greater Cleveland Film Commission. I first found out about GCFC when I did the Band Of Brothers Workshop back in the Fall. It was an amazing experience...

Meet the Intern: Alana Pardon

I’m Alana Pardόn, a recent graduate of Cleveland State University. I have always loved art and culture like drawing as a kid, playing and marching in the school band, and going out for the theater at Lorain High and Lorain County Community College. I love playing games like Overwatch, Don’t Starve and Stardew Valley, and I  also love watching television...

Meet the Intern: Justin Kalenits

I lived in Northeast Ohio most of my life. I grew up in a couple small towns about 30 miles east of Cleveland, but ended up spending most of my teens in Madison, Ohio. When I got my license, I would attend concerts in Downtown Cleveland area. I was always drawn to the big buildings,...

SFX Makeup with Colette Jefferson

GCFC Intern Colette Jefferson is an extremely talented special effect makeup artist.  In her original Meet the Intern post, you may recall her incredible “missing finger” effect that still has people wondering how she did it (hint: she didn’t use photoshop). Colette’s love of horror movies like the classic Scream, Nightmare on Elm Street, Halloween, and more continue to inspire...

Meet the Intern: Tierra Tramble

When looking for opportunities to expand my career knowledge in film and media productions, it was the Greater Cleveland Film Commission (GCFC) that really connected with me. I was born in Cleveland. Raised in Cleveland. Went to school in Cleveland. Cleveland is where I found and recognized my passions for film and storytelling (in a...

Meet the Intern: Madelyn Middleton

Have you ever had a dream, but you just weren’t quite sure how you were going to achieve it? You wanted to do something so bad, but you sometimes start to get discouraged because you have no idea where to start, or how and if it would even work? If so, you’re not alone. My...

Meet the Intern: Christopher James

Hi there! My name is Christopher James, but my friends call me Chris. I’m very excited to have the opportunity to work here. I started my internship with the GCFC in September of 2018, with a variety of tasks alongside the rest of the interns. I come from a family of five: my mom, dad,...

Meet the Intern: Olivia Wulff

My name is Olivia Wulff and I am a junior at Trinity High School in Garfield Heights. Trinity has a program called the Pre-Professional Internship Program. It allows us to intern in a field we may be interested in in our future. We go once a week for most of the school year. I’m very...

Meet the Intern: Milan Hargrove

Hi, my name is Milan Hargrove. I’m a 15 year old freshman at St. Martin de Porres High School. I was born and raised in Cleveland.  I’m a cheerleader at St. Martin. I have been cheering since the age of 11. At the age of 6, I always loved watching movies and  concerts, and watching the behind the...

Meet the Intern: Henry Meaney

Though I have lived in a few different areas of NE Ohio, I’m originally from Euclid, just a half hour from downtown Cleveland. I grew up in the theatre, acting in local productions since I was six years old, which I loved, but as I got older I realized that there was something that I...

Meet the Intern: Cayla Koslen

Originally from Hudson Ohio, I grew up fascinated with movies and TV shows. Every year on my birthday, I would ask for the two disc special edition DVD of that year’s big movie so I could watch all the behind the scenes extras on how the movie was made. The thought of a career in...

Meet the Intern: Katrina Rudd

I’ve never been a very good artist. I will have some idea of how I want something to look in my head and then when I try to mirror that on paper it comes out totally wrong. I feel like there is some sort of disconnect between my mind and my hand whenever I try...

Meet the Intern: Carter Kusner

Hey, my name’s Carter Kusner, I am (or was, depending on when you read this) an intern for the Greater Cleveland Film Commission. I’m an incoming student at the School of Visual Arts. I’m going to be studying for a BFA in Film where I’ll be learning the basics of filmmaking for the first two...

Meet the Intern: Kyle Birch

My name is Kyle Birch, and I have been a Cleveland resident my entire life. I am going into my senior year at Cleveland State University completing a double major in Communication and Film. I have been interested in film and film-making since I was a kid. I grew up with a wild imagination and...

Meet the Intern: Madison Van Buren

My name is Madison Van Buren and I’m a bit new to Cleveland. Originally from North Canton, I’d only visit The Land for special events. When it came time for college, I decided I would study Communications at The Ohio State University. I fell in love with the city of Columbus, but journalism/PR wasn’t exactly...

Meet the Intern: Jordan Brown

I’m Jordan, a native Clevelander and rising senior at Tulane University. I am an English major with a concentration in creative writing and a Film Studies minor. I know, I will be writing forever! During high school I wrote a script with my former English teacher and two classmates, yet I had not formally studied...

Meet the Intern: Dani Phillips

My name is Dani Phillips, and I am going to be a senior at The Ohio State University. I am majoring in English with a creative writing concentration and minoring in screenwriting and media production and analysis. TV and film have always been passions of mine, as I view them as fantastic ways to escape...

Meet the Intern: Jack McDonough

My name is Jack McDonough, a rising senior at Kenston High School in Bainbridge, Ohio. I’ve lived in Cleveland for 11 years of my life. The other 6 were spent in Toronto. I’m 17 years old; I’ve been interested in video since I was 12 and in love with it since I was 15. There’s...

Meet the Intern: Liz Jerse

In my younger years growing up as a Cleveland native, I was constantly reminded by the world that this city was essentially, a dump. To the rest of the country, Cleveland was known for three things: our dying industry, terrible sports teams, and a river we had somehow managed to set on fire thanks to...

Meet the Intern: Emily Montenegro

I grew up in a moviegoing, TV-bingeing household. My whole family gathers around the TV on Friday nights to catch up on our favorite shows. We invest in reusable popcorn buckets at movie theatres because for our number of trips, it really is cost-efficient. None of us are incredibly educated on film as an art...

GCFC’s Impact on an Intern: Jada Jenkins

Jada was one of our Spring 2018 college interns. She was a big help at our events, in the office, and with our production department. She just graduated from Kent State University, and will be pursing a career in the media production industry starting this fall! During my time as intern with GCFC, I have...

Meet the Intern: Qifan Yang

My name is Qifan Yang, and I am a senior at Andrews Osborne Academy. I appreciate that I have a chance to do my senior experience at the Greater Cleveland Film Commission; I am glad that I have a chance to intern in such a nice place before my graduation. I will be an intern...

Camren Davis: Playwright, Director, and GCFC Intern

Saint Martin de Porres High School held its annual Arts Festival on Friday April 27th, and our very own GCFC intern Camren Davis was featured in the night’s lineup of 10 minute student-written and directed plays shown that evening.  Among the 10 plays featured, Camren had a hand in two of the plays chosen; the...

GCFC’s Impact on an Intern: Jereme Gelske

Jereme was one of our Spring 2018 interns from Kent State University.  He contributed several pieces on the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies to the Intern Corner, was a big help at our events, and he is currently an on-set intern for the film The Last Summer. I was excited and terrified when I decided to embark...

The MCU: Marvel Cleveland Universe

This piece is by Jereme Gelske, one of our Spring 2018 interns from Kent State University. A Quick Look at Our Marvel Cinematic History After 10 year and 18 movies, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is finally ready to release its highly anticipated Avengers: Infinity War. What most fans probably don’t know is just how big of...

Meet the Intern: Nora Conroy

I am currently a senior at Magnificat High School and for graduation, all the seniors take part in a career shadow project called Genesis. We find a career that we are interested in and shadow that job for a total of 42 hours. When I heard about the Greater Cleveland Film Commission I knew that...

Meet the Intern: Jereme Gelske

I am currently a Digital Media Production major and Business minor at Kent State University with only one semester left to go until graduation. When I first began college, I was actually a History Major, as my favorite classes were always in that area. I did really enjoy studying History at the University level, but...

Meet the Intern: Molly Chambers

My name is Molly Chambers and I am a junior at St. Joseph Academy in Cleveland. My school requires every junior to take part in a shadow project, where we spend three days working with and observing professionals working in the field we are interested in. When I was talking to my guidance counselors about...

Black Panther: Breaking Records and Shaking Up the Superhero Landscape

Jereme Gelske is one of our Spring 2018 interns from Kent State University. This is his take on the cultural phenomenon that is the “Black Panther” movie, and the reactions of the Cleveland crowd at our exclusive fundraiser screening. It’s no secret that Black Panther was one of 2018’s most highly anticipated films, but what...

Meet the Intern: Rahnissa Ware

Ever since I was 8 years old, I always wanted to be an actress. I use to practice mini scenes in my room when no one was around. I pictured myself acting in Syfy & action films. I also pictured myself being on set working on films behind the scenes. I’ve done theatre apprenticeships, acting...

Intern Camren Davis – Martin Moments Spotlight

Saint Martin de Porres High School chose our intern Camren Davis for their Martin Moments Spotlight section of their monthly newsletter. Inspired by the Gospel, Saint Martin de Porres High School is a Catholic college-preparatory high school that combines innovative academics with a unique work program preparing students of limited economic means to become men...

Meet the Intern: Jada Jenkins

I have been interested in film and television since I was very little, but my direction of focus changed once I reached high school. I attended a STEM school centering mostly around science, technology, engineering and math career fields. There were little to no extra-curricular activities and the only art class I had taken was...

Zahrya’s Takes

On the perks of being a student intern… The best perk of all is getting the experience of work before I can actually work , I say this because as a 14 year old girl there aren’t a lot of job opportunities that will open themselves up to me. I can use this as experience...

Meet the Intern: Zahrya Robinson

Hi, my name is Zahrya Robinson and I am a freshman at Saint Martin De Porres high school. I work at GCFC as a part of the work study program at my school , I intern every Wednesday and the occasional Monday. I do this in order to pay the tuition at my school, but...

My Favorite Places in CLE by Colette Jefferson

Quicken Loans Arena The Cavaliers play here and there are concerts almost every weekend- nothing better. Every time I go in the Q, whether it’s for a game or for a concert, the atmosphere is always energetic. It’s also that much better when you look up to see the 2016 NBA Champions banner hanging above...

Meet the Intern: Colette Jefferson

My name is Colette Jefferson and I am currently a junior at Trinity High School in Garfield Heights, OH. I am so lucky to be able to have such a fascinting internship and I cannot thank the staff enough for how friendly and welcoming they have been to me. I cannot wait to see all...