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Russo Bros Wanted to Shoot 'Infinity War' in Cleveland

Ohio Independent Film Festival Appoints New Executive Director

Change is coming to one of Northeast Ohio’s greatest cinema organizations. After more than 20 years as leader of the Ohio Independent Film Festival (OIFF), Bernadette Gillota has departed the organization she founded to pursue new opportunities, and a newly appointed Executive Director Peter Balint has stepped in to lead the organization forward.

“Bernadette did an astounding job of growing the organization from its inception in 1993 to the solid festival it is today,” says Balint. “After achieving many of the goals she set out to achieve, she made the personal decision to pursue other interests and pass the Ohio Independent Film Festival to the next generation.”
Over the last seven years, Balint immersed himself in the Cleveland film community, working on short films as everything from producer to screenwriter. As his interests shifted to promoting independent film, he became an volunteer with the Chagrin Documentary Festival. That led to a position on the OIFF board in 2012.

“My decisio…

Browns Draft Day a Little Like ‘Draft Day’

Is it just me or does this NFL draft day feel a little like Draft Day for Browns fans?

Forgo the GM who fired his father (who promptly passed away), just found out his girlfriend/co-worker is pregnant, and whose job is on the line if he doesn’t make a big splash in the draft, and we’re looking at a lot of the same plot points.

On the board for Ray Farmer, general manager of the Browns and real-life counterpart to Draft Day’s Sonny Weaver (a Ray of Sonnyshine?), is a hot shot quarterback and star wide receiver. Every fan in Cleveland wants a hot shot quarterback - somewhere between Tom Brady and Peyton Manning, and hopefully named Bernie. The front office, if you believe local and national media, has their eyes on a wide receiver with a little trouble in his past.

Sonny faced the same battle. He was enamored with the skills of defensive back Vontae Mack, who others felt was more trouble than he was worth. And after a questionable trade to get the No. 1 pick, the Cleveland faithful - inclu…

‘The Fault in Our Stars’ Fans Meet the Stars in Upcoming Cleveland Event

Cleveland fans of the young adult novel The Fault in Our Stars, get ready to celebrate. The film adaptation’s stars, as well as the novel’s author, are inviting you to join them for a Q&A event and film clip sneak peeks at Tower City Center this Wednesday, May 7, at 5 p.m.
Actors Shailene Woodley (Divergent, The Descendants), Ansel Elgort (Divergent), Nat Wolff (Admission) and author John Green (TIME Most Influential People 2014) are all on hand to greet fans.
Cleveland is one of four cities to take part in this special “Demand Our Stars” tour. Fans voted to win a stop on the tour, and Cleveland topped the list with more than 200,000 votes.
Most of the film was shot in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 2013.