What’s on at the Cleveland International Film Festival? | Applause
The Cleveland International Film Festival kicks off Wednesday night at its new home in Playhouse Square. The 46and The annual event is a hybrid affair with 11 days of in-person screenings followed by an additional eight days of online streaming.
The in-person lineup includes 146 feature films and 182 short films, and about two-thirds of those films will be available for the online portion of the festival.
For a sampling of what’s on view, Cleveland International Film Festival Artistic Director Mallory Martin provided details on a variety of films, several of which have local ties.
“The Art of Making It” looks at issues in the art world, especially for young artists. [“The Art of Making It” / Cleveland International Film Festival]
“The Art of Doing It”
“This one as a whole is kind of a really timely documentary… about what’s happening in the art world today and especially for young artists. I learned a lot from this movie just in terms of really complex inequalities in today’s art economy,” Martin said. “It really focuses on a number of young artists across the country, but there’s also a local story to it. Gisela McDaniel, who is an artist based in Detroit now, she is originally from Cleveland. Her work focuses on survivors of sexual trauma, and she did a mural in Cleveland, just around the corner from W. 25th and Castle, it’s a portrait of Gina DeJesus (who survived a decade of captivity in a neighboring house).
Screening April 1 at 4:45 p.m., April 2 at 9:20 a.m. at the Mimi Ohio Theater at Playhouse Square and online for CIFF46 broadcasts April 10-17
“The Erie Situation”
“We’ve had Lake Erie films before as part of the festival, but nothing that focuses exactly on what happened in Toledo in 2014. So this film really looks at that and how the proliferation of toxic algae that happened then in the Toledo area got into the drinking water and they didn’t have drinking water for three days at that time,” Martin said. “It kind of starts there and then looks at what’s happened since then. There have been many calls to help fix this problem and to help fix Lake Erie as a whole. But really, what is sort of going on behind the scenes and underneath all of this? »
Screening April 3 at 7:25 p.m., April 4 at 4:50 p.m., Allen Theater at Playhouse Square and online for CIFF46 broadcasts April 10-17
“Full Out: Inside Ohio Show Choir”
“This movie is about as fun as you can imagine. But also, there’s some really serious stuff going on in the world of show chorus competitions. So, it’s all Ohio. It focuses on four high schools: Solon, Strongsville, Garfield Heights and Ross,” said Martin. Principal Audrey Leach “does a very good job of showing the tension that can occur in this very competitive world of the show choir, but also of analyzing that there is no funding for that, is there? As most of these schools have no funding to support these choirs, and that means a lot to the kids who do them.
Screening April 7, 7:20 p.m., April 8, 12 p.m., Connor Palace at Playhouse Square
“One Pint at a Time”
“This movie in particular emphasizes the importance of supporting Black-owned businesses, but especially in the craft brewing industry,” Martin said. “They also talk about the history of beer, its roots in Africa and Egypt and really try to change the misconception that black people aren’t beer drinkers and how important it is to own this that they also consume.”
Screens April 1, 5:05 p.m., April 2, 12:05 p.m., Upper Allen at Playhouse Square and online for CIFF46 broadcasts April 10-17
“It’s a documentary that primarily focuses on a man who is a coach, Coach Neil Henderson, who’s been coaching this team…out of DC since the ’70s,” Martin said. “He’s still coaching at 81, which is incredible. And so it looks at the history of the team and also focuses on these two teenagers in particular who are in their senior year of high school and about to get their degree and [it] is about a city that’s still really struggling with a lot of racism and poverty and what these boys envision, their next steps after graduating and leaving this team that’s been so important to them.
Screens April 2, 7:15 p.m., April 3, 11:45 a.m., Connor Palace at Playhouse Square