CIFF: the party’s over

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The party’s over, but what a party it’s been! My last day at the 35th Cleveland International Film Festival was Saturday. The films we saw ranged from OK to very good. Route Irish (B), British film about two lifelong friends from Liverpool who go to Iraq to make big money working for a security contractor. […]

CIFF: Caterpillar, it’s a WOW!

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Monday was a four-film day, which took me from Cleveland to Amsterdam, and from there to the UK and Japan. Facing Forward (A)   This riveting documentary takes a close look at Entrepreneurship Preparatory School (E-Prep), a relatively new charter school within the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. Believing that kids need and want direction, E-Prep […]

The rest is history

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We should have moved here sooner—that is, before May 2007. The way I see it, I’ve missed 31 film festivals. Many of you already know the history of the Cleveland International Film Festival, but I didn’t. So I did a little research and chatted with Jonathan Forman, the festival’s founder, and Marcie Goodman, executive director, […]