Cleveland International Film Festival Has Been Reimagined!!

During this time when we are all striving to find new ways to connect, the Cleveland International Film Festival is happy to announce CIFF44 has been reinvented!

To kick things off, CIFF44 is carrying out the tradition of releasing the highly anticipated Festival trailer today, which would have marked Opening Night of CIFF44. Sponsored by Jinny and John Johnson, the trailer was produced and created by the brilliant minds at Fusion Filmworks and features the song Miles To Go from local musicians Astronymer and Jul Big Green. To view the CIFF44 trailer, please visit clevelandfilm.org.

The Festival will also be launching its annual Challenge Match. In these times of enormous financial uncertainty, supporting each other when and where we are able is invaluable. Regardless of the amount, we promise your support will make a vast difference in creating the Festival’s road forward. There are prizes at every level of support, including the much-sought-after Challenge Match lapel buttons. To donate, please visit clevelandfilm.org/donate. There you will find full information on Challenge Match prizes. Please accept our most sincere thanks for your kind consideration.

Festival supporters also have the opportunity to purchase CIFF44 merchandise! These limited edition collector’s items, designed by the creative minds at Type Twenty Seven and Fusion Filmworks, include everything from coffee tumblers to t-shirts. To purchase CIFF44 swag, please visit clevelandfilm.org/merch.

To add to the virtual festivities, CIFF will be releasing new podcast episodes of CIFF Speaks. Listeners can join hosts Dee Perry and Aaron Spears as they talk film, do a handful of CIFF giveaways, and even invite special guests to join them to discuss all things CIFF. Find CIFF Speaks at clevelandfilm.org/ciffspeaks or on iTunes, Stitcher, or wherever you subscribe to your favorite podcasts.

The Festival is also pleased to announce that in April we will present our newest program: CIFF Streams! This program will give subscribers access to their own CIFF44 experience in their own homes by presenting many of the feature and short films slated to be part of the CIFF44 line-up. Full information, including film details, pricing, and launch date, will be released soon. CIFF Streams is made possible with generous support from members of the CIFF Board of Directors.

For now, CIFF supporters are invited and encouraged to visit clevelandfilm.org/alums for a listing of CIFF film alums from the past three Festivals that are currently available for streaming.

The Cleveland International Film Festival is supported in part by the residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.

Nine journalism collaborative projects share in more than $110,000 to address community information needs in Cleveland and Akron

Cleveland Foundation and Akron Community Foundation also partner to bring City Scrapers open-source technology to Northeast Ohio.

CLEVELAND (Dec. 19, 2019) – Akron Community Foundation, The Center for Community Solutions, the Cleveland Foundation, The George Gund Foundation and the Knight Foundation today announced more than $110,000 in journalism grants to address community information needs in Akron and Cleveland.

 

The funders came together to support hyper-local media, community organizations, resident media makers and legacy newsrooms as they collaborate to spark innovation, experimentation and learning. These projects are aimed squarely at supporting residents where information is needed most – at the neighborhood level – while also establishing new information partnerships in service to Northeast Ohio communities.

 

The priorities of this initial round of grantmaking were to:

             Create topic-based collaborative journalism projects that respond to community information needs and that explore and elevate solutions.

             Encourage media outlets to explore the strengths and resources already present in the region, and to build trust among these communities.

             Conduct restorative journalism that reframes community narratives to spotlight resident resilience and neighborhood progress, lifting up perspectives that are often not reflected in the traditional news media.

 

The nine collaborative efforts span 22 media organizations and individual journalists and nearly 30 community organizations. The projects included in the initial information needs cohort are:

 

  • Black maternal health & infant mortality – This project will use restorative journalism by empowering women in Cleveland to tell their first-person narrative via a number of channels, including written stories, radio and photography.
  • Witness protection and rights – This collaboration will help close a gap in understanding about the safety and rights of those who witness crime, while pushing for solutions that could promote a safer system in Cleveland.
  • Basic information needs in Woodhill Estates – This project will involve and inform residents of the 80-year-old public housing development on Cleveland’s East Side around pending changes as a result of a proposal to rebuild the estates.
  • Literacy – This collaborative will explore how media partners and other community organizations can come together to build a culture of reading at Charles Dickens Elementary School in Cleveland’s Mt. Pleasant neighborhood in order to address the K-3 literacy rate.
  • Food insecurity – With 59 percent of Cleveland residents living in food deserts, this project will provide a platform for residents in the MidTown, Glenville and Kinsman neighborhoods to tell their stories through a number of different channels. It will strive to better connect residents to food and other key resources around health and well-being.
  • Eviction – This collaborative will tackle the issue of eviction and tenant rights in Akron and Cleveland across a number of communication platforms from the perspective of both tenants and landlords, ultimately producing a tenant’s guide in both English and Spanish.
  • Infant mortality – This project will address the issue of infant mortality in Akron and Cleveland in a two-pronged approach: 1) educating traditional media audiences about how bias and racism play into the treatment of women of color; and 2) use storytelling across a number of social platforms to reach and inform the most at-risk residents of these two communities.
  • Basic information needs in Buckeye-ShakerSquare – By empowering the residents of the Buckeye-Shaker Square neighborhood via a central news hub and first-person storytelling, this collaborative aims to arm residents with the information necessary to advocate for their own well-being.
  • Safety and representation – This restorative journalism project will engage the residents of the Goodyear Heights neighborhood in Akron to elevate an unheard community perspective in regard to the importance of safety and representation at Reservoir Park Pool and access more generally to recreation opportunities.

 

City Scrapers Debuts in Northeast Ohio

Akron Community Foundation and Cleveland Foundation have partnered with Chicago-based City Bureau to bring the organization’s open-source City Scrapers technology to Northeast Ohio. It includes public meeting dates, times, locations and records from more than 150 government agencies at the city and county level in Cleveland and Akron, all standardized in a single location for the first time – and free and open to journalists and residents alike. To date, there is information on more than 1,600 public meetings and 1,700 official documents such as meeting minutes, agendas and notices for Northeast Ohio.

 

City Bureau was founded in Chicago in 2015 and expanded to Detroit in 2018. The organization’s mission is to “bring journalists and communities together in a collaborative spirit to produce media that is impactful, equitable and responsive to the public.”

 

Cleveland Browns 2019-20 Regular Season Schedule

The NFL has announced the Cleveland Browns 2019 schedule. 

Here is the complete regular season schedule: 

  • Week 1 – Browns vs. Tennessee Titans at 1 p.m. on Sept. 8. The game will be on CBS.
  • Week 2 – Browns at New York Jets on Sept. 16 at 8:15 p.m. on ESPN. This will be the Browns’ first primetime game of the season.
  • Week 3 – Browns vs. Los Angeles Rams on Sept. 22 at 8:20 p.m. on NBC. This will be the Browns’ second primetime game of the season and a Sunday Night Football game.
  • Week 4 – Browns at Baltimore Ravens on Sept. 26 at 1 p.m. on CBS. 
  • Week 5 – Browns at San Francisco 49ers on Oct. 7 at 8:15 p.m. on ESPN. This will be the Browns’ third primetime game of the season and a Monday Night Football game. 
  • Week 6 – Browns vs. Seattle Seahawks on Oct. 13 at 1 p.m. The game will air on Fox.
  • Week 7 – BYE
  • Week 8 – Browns at New England Patriots on Oct. 27 for a 4:25 p.m. The game that will air on CBS. 
  • Week 9 – Browns at Denver Broncos on Nov. 3 for a 4:25 p.m. The game that will air on CBS. 
  • Week 10 – Browns vs. Buffalo Bills at 1 p.m. on Nov. 10. The game will air on CBS. 
  • Week 11 – Browns vs. Pittsburgh Steelers on Nov. 14 at 8:20 p.m on Fox. This will be the Browns’ fourth primetime game of the season and a Thursday Night Football game. 
  • Week 12 – Browns vs. Miami Dolphins on Nov. 24
  • Week 13 – Browns at Pittsburgh Steelers on Dec. 1. 
  • Week 14 – Browns vs. Cincinnati Bengals on Dec. 8. 
  • Week 15 – Browns at Arizona Cardinals on Dec. 15. 
  • Week 16 – Browns vs. Baltimore Ravens on Dec. 22. 
  • Week 17 – Browns at Cincinnati Bengals on Dec. 29. 

The Browns announced also announced their preseason schedule on Wednesday.

Cleveland Auto Show Calendar of Events

The countdown to automotive excitement has begun, and tickets are already on sale. The Cleveland Auto Show, presented by Huntington Bank, opens its doors on Friday, Feb. 22 at 5 p.m. at the I-X Center in Cleveland, running through Sunday, March 3.

There’s no other place to see virtually every vehicle the automotive industry has to offer, under one roof, on one floor. True to its history, the Cleveland Auto Show also offers a lot of family friendly events on its calendar.

Friday, Feb. 22: The Cleveland Auto Show officially opens to the public at 5:00 p.m. Friday night also features Dealership Employee Appreciation Night, presented by Spectrum Reach, beginning at 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 24: Cavaliers Mascot Sir CC will be in the Kia display from 1:00-2:30 p.m. to take photos. Monday, Feb. 25: Family Day, presented by Medical Mutual, is when kids 15 and under get in free.

We’ve got special appearances planned, including a visit from Cedar Point’s Snoopy from 4:00-7:30 p.m., who’ll bring a chance to win an overnight stay for four at Castaway Bay PLUS four Two-Day Any Day tickets to Cedar Point!

iHeart Radio will be live on-site for a Block Party from 5:00-8:00 p.m., where you can win great prizes and join a dance party with DJ Kyro! Chomps will be onsite from 5:30-7:30 p.m., and Professor Wylde from the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is bringing Interactive Animal Activities from 5:00-8:00 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 26: Cavaliers rookie point guard Collin Sexton will be signing autographs at the show from 6:00- 8:00 p.m. in the GMC display.

Wednesday, Feb. 27: From 6:00-8:00 p.m. in the main concourse, Kaulig Racing is bringing their owner Matt Kaulig, Fox 8 News anchor Stefani Schaefer, 4-time UFC heavyweight champ Stipe Miocic, and 2018 Daytona 500 winner Austin Dillon.

Thursday, February 28: The Cleveland Auto Show honors America’s warriors, veterans and first responders with free admission for Northern Ohio Heroes Day. Free admission is limited to an individual with valid identification and will not be extended to spouses, children or friends, however there is no geographic limitation. No matter when or where you served, or where you currently live, you are free to take advantage of the offer. Full details can be found at clevelandautoshow.com/heroes.

Later that evening, Pro Bowl alumni Linebacker Joe Schobert and OL Joel Bitonio will be signing autographs in the Honda display from 7:00-8:00 p.m.

Friday, March 1: Cavaliers point guard Matthew Dellavedova will be in the Kia display, signing autographs from 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Saturday, March 2: Our 20th Annual Classic Car Show awards for “Best of Show” and “People’s Choice” are presented at 2:00 p.m. Check out the Cleveland Auto Show’s Facebook page to help choose the winner!

Also that afternoon, the RAM display will host 92.3 The Fan’s Street Team, and on-air personality Ken Carman will be there between 3:00 and 5:00 p.m. Browns linebacker Joe Schobert will join the event from 3:00-4:00 p.m.

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Sunday, March 3: Don’t forget to come back for the Grand Finale of the Cleveland Auto Show at 5 p.m. for the drawing of the Official Vehicle Giveaway, when two lucky winners each take home a 36-month lease of either a 2019 Honda Accord Sport or a 2019 Honda Ridgeline RT – the Official Vehicles of the Cleveland Auto Show. To be eligible to win, register at the Official Vehicle Giveaway booth near the West Entrance of the I-X Center.

THROUGHOUT THE SHOW

Check out the lineup of celebrities on wheels coming to the Show, all to be featured for the entire run of the show!

• Delorean “Time Machine” from Back to the Future

• The Mystery Machine from Scooby Doo

• Mutt Cutts “Shaggin Wagon” from Dumb and Dumber

• 1970 off-road Charger from Furious 7

• Optimus Prime from Transformers: The Last Knight

• LEGO Chevy Silverado, inspired by The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part

Ride N’ Drives: Our Ride N’ Drives are wildly popular, and in addition to the indoor ride attractions Camp Jeep and the RAM test track which are returning this year, the Cleveland Auto Show will host Ride-N-Drive events from Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Jeep, Kia, Mazda, Nissan, Ram, Subaru, Toyota and Volkswagen.

Millionaire’s Row: This popular attraction, presented by Bernie Moreno Companies, will also be returning for 2019, larger than ever! This display never disappoints due to the “dream car” status of these high-line vehicles. The makes and models being featured this year are: Mercedes-AMG GT R, Porsche 911 GT3 RS, Aston Martin Vulcan, Aston Martin DB11, Aston Martin Vanquish, Bentley Bentayga, Rolls-Royce Ghost, Rolls-Royce Dawn, Maserati Levante GTS, Maserati GTC, and Lotus Evora. (Subject to change.)

Classic Cars: One of the most popular family attractions of the Show, the Classic Car Show will be displayed in the South Hall of the I-X Center throughout the run of the show. Local owners show off their vehicles that are 25 years old or older, with the chance of being selected “Best of Show” or receiving the “People’s Choice” award.

Vehicle Giveaway: Register to win a 36-month lease of either a 2019 Honda Accord Sport or a 2019 Honda Ridgeline RT! Each day of the show, one finalist will be chosen and invited back on Sunday, March 3. Out of the ten finalists invited back, two Grand Prize winners will be selected. So, if you are selected as a finalist, your odds of winning are one in five this year!

About the Cleveland Auto Show

Show hours are 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on opening Friday, Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Tickets cost $14 for adults and $12 for preteens and seniors. Children six and under get in free. Parking at the Cleveland Auto Show is always free courtesy of your franchised new motor vehicle dealers. Tickets are available online right now with no convenience fee at http://www.clevelandautoshow.com.

The Cleveland Auto Show marks the start of the spring selling season in Northern Ohio. Featuring pre- production and production vehicles from the world’s auto manufacturers, the show is held annually at the I-X Center with nearly one million square feet of exhibits. The Show also features an array of entertainment including sports and celebrity appearances throughout the show’s ten-day run. The Cleveland Auto Show is a consumer show and a favorite family tradition since 1903. Find us at facebook.com/TheClevelandAutoShow and @CLEAutoShow on Twitter.

Food Truck Season in Public Square Returns!

Food Trucks in The Square

The 2018 Food Truck Season in Public Square kicks off TODAYTuesday, May, 22ND. Food Trucks will roll into The Square every Tuesday through October 16th this year.

Each week will feature a new group of your favorite local Food Trucks. The trucks will park along Rockwell Avenue, just north of the Gund Foundation Green.

You can check Cleveland Public Square’s events calendar to find out which trucks will be serving up food during the lunch hour.

Each week will also feature live musicians, as well as the “For the Love of Cleveland” Speaking Series hosted by The City Club.

Here’s the lineup for the 1st week:

Slammin’ Sammys BBQ
Boca Loca Burrito Factory
216 Bistro
Superhero Food Truck
Krav Food Truck
Smooth Rider

Joe Thomas places a full-page ad in Friday’s (3/17) Plain Dealer to say, “Thank you, Cleveland.”

Thomas, 33, played every snap for the Browns since he was the third overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft until he suffered a triceps injury in October 2017. The streak was ended at 10,363 snaps when he was forced to leave in the third quarter of a loss to the Tennessee Titans. The injury forced him to miss the remainder of the season.

“This was an extremely difficult decision, but the right one for me and my family,” Thomas said in a statement. “Playing in the NFL has taken a toll on my body and I can no longer physically compete at the level I need to.”

The Browns announced plans to enshrine Thomas’ streak of 10,363 snaps in the team’s Ring of Honor in 2018.

What food delivery lacks in Cleveland, ClusterTruck brings to the ‘table’

Order restaurant-quality cuisine to be delivered for free in less than 30 minutes…Truck yeah!CLEVELAND – Clevelanders, be hangry no more. Starting December 4, ClusterTruck is making breakfast, lunch and dinner delivery a whole lot smarter. This delivery-only restaurant is completely revolutionizing the way people order food on demand, offering free delivery of more than 100 fresh menu items in an average of 21 minutes.

Where other local food services attempt to retrofit delivery onto antiquated systems – resulting in soggy, lukewarm food and disappointed customers –  ClusterTruck’s innovative, tech-savvy system streamlines the entire delivery process from online order to curbside delivery. Ravenous customers can track their orders online from the moment it’s placed, knowing their food will never sit under a heat lamp and will spend less than 10 minutes on the road, ensuring each meal arrives fresh and hot every time.

“Having come from a deep technology background, we approached the growing problem of unsatisfied food delivery customers from a software perspective,” said ClusterTruck CEO Chris Baggott, who previously co-founded two tech giants ExactTarget and Compendium Software. “We believe hungry people should never have to choose between the convenience of fast delivery, the food quality they’d get at a sit-down restaurant and the personality of street food, so we created a service that offers all of the above!”

Cleveland couples, families, colleagues and friends can avoid mealtime disputes thanks to ClusterTruck’s straightforward group ordering option, which allows each member of a party to order exactly what they’re craving to be delivered together.

The delivery restaurant offers crave-worthy breakfast, lunch and dinner eats that can be easily modified to cater to dietary restrictions like vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free and more. ClusterTruck sources ingredients that are clean, sustainable, ethically produced and often local by recruiting food partners that have pasture-raised, grass-fed, non-antibiotic and non-GMO ingredients whenever possible. Customers can enjoy a diverse variety of bold menu items from ClusterTruck’s 11 virtual food trucks including:

Pizzeria Camion: Margherita, Veg Out, The Spartan, and more;

The Mug: The Mug Original Burger, The Mug Cuban, BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich, and more;

Taqueria Rapido: Chipotle Shrimp Tacos, Veggie Burrito, Chicken Mole Tacos, and more;

Lazy Breakfast: Biscuits & Gravy, Lazy Breakfast Burrito, Fruit Bowl, and more;

1337 Burger: Cheeseburger, Bacon PB&J Burger, Turkey Burger, and more;

Bread Sled: Crispy Buffalo Chicken Wrap, Meatball Sub, Turkey Wrap, and more;

Urban Grazers: Applewood Chicken Salad, Baby Kale Salad, Roasted Chicken Garden Salad, and more;

Baked Mac: Buffalo Chicken, Smoked Pulled Pork, Build Your Own, and more;

Rice to Meet You: Pad Thai, Orange Chicken, Fried Rice, and more;

Tots Tots Tots: BBQ Smoked Pork Tots, Chili Tots, Cheesy Bacon Tots, and more;

Strip District: Traditional Buffalo, Sesame Plum, Thai Peanut, and more.

Nom nom.

Clevelanders who want to join the movement can check out ClusterTruck’s delivery zone online at beta.clustertruck.com/delivery-zone-cleveland/. Customers can order from their home, work or even a local brewery or park within the delivery radius, on Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday and Saturday 8 a.m.-11 p.m., and Sunday 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Menu items average around $10, and the curbside delivery is always free. Be warned: You’ll never look at food delivery the same way again.

ClusterTruck is available in five cities nationwide, including Indianapolis; Bloomington, Indiana; Columbus, Ohio; Denver; and Kansas City, Missouri. For more information on ClusterTruck, visit www.clustertruck.com or follow the company on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Good news friends and followers!!

Use the promo code:

“216CLEOVE” to get a free entree with a $10 order minimum

“216EVERYTHING” which gives returning customers $5 off a $20 order.

Promo codes will expire on Jan. 25.