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The Cleveland International Film Festival is committed to using film as a catalyst for thought-provoking conversations and ideas that address issues faced by our world today. FilmForums are moderated panel discussions that offer Film Festival audience members the opportunity to learn more about the issues brought up in the film - to ask questions and to share their ideas. FilmForumstake place immediately after the conclusion of selected film screenings. Panels include filmmakers, educators, and people who have experienced issues addressed in the films.

FilmForums are presented with the generous support of Char and Chuck Fowler.


City Club of Cleveland

91%

Saturday, April 09, 2016 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

91%

Discussion Framing Statement:
If so many Americans support reforming gun laws, what's stopping us?

Panelists:
Jim Irvine, President, Buckeye Firearms Association John Richie, Film Director Jennifer Thorne, Executive Director, Ohio Coalition Against Violence

Moderator:
Mike McIntyre, ideastream

The Bad Kids

Monday, April 04, 2016 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM

The Bad Kids

Discussion Framing Statement:
What works for students when school doesn't?

Panelists:
Cyle Black, Graduate, PEP Duane J. Deskins, First Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, Juvenile Division Chief, Director of Juvenile Crime Prevention Habeebah Rasheed Grimes, M.A., Psy.S., Positive Education Program Mary Rice, Retired CMSD Principal

Moderator:
Dan Moulthrop, The City Club of Cleveland

Can You Dig This

Friday, April 08, 2016 3:50 PM - 6:00 PM

Can You Dig This

Discussion Framing Statement:
How can planting seeds strengthen our community?

Panelists:
Mansfield Frazier, Vineyards of Château Hough Vel Scott, Cooking Instructor and Community Advocate Brandon Traud, Urban Community School Garden and Healthy Lifestyles Coordinator

Moderator:
Darielle Snipes, Ideastream

Daddy Don't Go

Thursday, April 07, 2016 6:45 PM - 8:55 PM

Daddy Don't Go

Discussion Framing Statement:
How can we support fathers raising their kids in challenging circumstances?

Panelists:
Emily Abt, Director Andre Baird, Father in the Edwins program Al Grimes, Founder, Fatherhood Initiative Howard Strain, The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland

Moderator:
Maxie Jackson, ideastream

Indian Point

Sunday, April 03, 2016 4:30 PM - 6:50 PM

Indian Point

Discussion Framing Statement:
How do we balance our need for energy with the danger posed by our aging nuclear power plants?

Panelists:
David Beach, GreenCityBlueLake John Funk, Cleveland Plain Dealer Terry Lodge, Activiist

Moderator:
Nick Castele, ideastream

Kings, Queens & In-Betweens

Sunday, April 03, 2016 11:15 AM - 1:30 PM

Kings, Queens & In-Betweens

Discussion Framing Statement:
How do we create space for the full gender continuum on stage and off?

Panelists:
Julia Applegate, Film Subject Gabrielle C. Burton, Film Director, Henry Ng, M.D., MetroHealth's PRIDE Clinic Maya Sinek, Program Director, The LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland

Moderator:
David C. Barnett, ideastream

Resilience

Friday, April 01, 2016 4:45 PM - 6:30 PM

Resilience

Discussion Framing Statement:
How can today's public health research prevent tomorrow's public health crisis?

Panelists:
Tori Cordiano, Center for Research on Girls Donald Ford, M.D., Better Health Partnership's Clinical Advisory Committee Barbara Oehlberg, Education and Trauma Consultant Karen Pritzker, Film Producer

Moderator:
Maxie Jackson, ideastream

Romeo Is Bleeding

Tuesday, April 05, 2016 6:15 PM - 8:30 PM

Romeo Is Bleeding

Discussion Framing Statement:
How does spoken word transform lives in disadvantaged communities?

Panelists:
Donte Clark, Poet/Educator/Activist, Film Subject Boo Geisse, America SCORES Daniel Gray Kontar, Poet, Cleveland School of the Arts D’neise Robinson, Poet/Dancer/Performer, Film Subject Jason Zeldes, Film Director

Moderator:
Dee Perry, ideastream

Unseen

Saturday, April 02, 2016 11:15 AM - 1:15 PM

Unseen

Discussion Framing Statement:
Seven years on, what have we learned from one of Cleveland's most tragic crimes?

Panelists:
Teresa Metcalf Beasley, Partner at Calfee and Member of Mayor’s Taskforce on Sexual Assault Sondra Miller, President & CEO, Cleveland Rape Crisis Center Laura Paglin, Film Director

Moderator:
Rick Jackson, ideastream

Walls

Wednesday, April 06, 2016 7:00 PM - 9:05 PM

Walls(Muros)

Discussion Framing Statement:
With the changing face of immigration, what are the obstacles people encounter as newcomers to Cleveland?

Panelists:
Carlos Alvarado, Manager of Family Engagement Program, Esperanza Inc. Danielle Drake, Refugee Services Collaborative Khoon Thomas Kate, Program Coordinator, Board Member, The Refugee Response Jazmin Long, Welcome Coordinator, Global Cleveland

Moderator:
Tony Ganzer, ideastream

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