FilmForums are moderated and interactive panel discussions that feature filmmakers, community leaders, and scholars who are knowledgeable about the topic at hand. FilmForums offer CIFF patrons creative and unique opportunities to explore urgent, relevant, and complex social issues. These are issues that cannot and should not be ignored.

FilmForums take place immediately after the conclusion of selected film screenings.

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A Fragile Trust: Plagiarism, Power, and Jayson Blair

Friday, March 28, 2014 4:15 PM - 6:15 PM

A Fragile Trust: Plagiarism, Power, and Jayson Blair

How can journalism recover the public trust?

Panelists: Brittney Shepherd – Producer, A Fragile Trust; Jim Crutchfield – CIFF Board Member and former Publisher of the Akron Beacon Journal; Janet C. Leach - Associate Professor, Kent State University, School of Journalism & Mass Communication; M.L. Schultze - Digital editor/reporter WKSU

Moderator: Nick Castele - Ideastream

Alive Inside

Monday, March 24, 2014 6:15 PM - 8:15 PM

Alive Inside

Why can't it be easier to innovate elder care?

Panelists: Linda S. Noelker, PhD – Senior Vice President and Director of the Katz Policy Institute, Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging; Cameron J. Camp, PhD - Director of Research, Center for Applied Research in Dementia; James E. Traxler – Retail Systems Consultant

Moderator: Sarah Jane Tribble, Ideastream

American Arab

Thursday, March 27, 2014 6:30 PM - 9:05 PM

American Arab

In America, when are we going to give each other the space to be complicated?

Panelists: Gordon Quinn – Executive Producer, American Arab; Founder and Artistic Director, Kartemquin Films; Julia Shearson - Executive Director, Council on American-Islamic Relations, Cleveland Chapter; Shehadeh Abdelkarim – President, Islamic Center of Cleveland; Naddie Mathkour – Senior, Shaker Heights High School

Moderator: Dan Moulthrop, CEO, The City Club of Cleveland

Code Black

Friday, March 21, 2014 6:00 PM - 8:15 PM

Code Black

How do we treat the trauma created by red tape in emergency care?

Panelists: Katrice D. Cain, MA - Program Development Manager, Center for Reducing Health Disparities; Dr. Thomas Lukens, MD,Ph.D,MS,FACEP – MetroHealth Emergency Medicine physician; Carla Street O’Day, MD,FACEP – Regional Medical Director, Team Health Northeast; Director, Emergency Medicine, St. Vincent Charity Medical Center; Julie Pultinas, MD – Resident, Emergency Medicine, University Hospitals Case Medical Center; Cheryl Zadow, RN – Nurse Manager, Emergency Department, St. Vincent Charity Medical Center

Moderator: Chris Seper – MedCity News


Saturday, March 29, 2014 12:00 PM - 2:05 PM


What does life on the farm look like in the 21st century?

Panelists: Tracy Emrick – Core Partnership Manager, Countryside Conservancy; Mike Haley – Farmer, Haley Farms, Wayne County; Ben Gammie – Farmer, Quarry Hill Orchards; Floyd Davis – Farmer, Red Basket Farm

Moderator: Ida Lieszkovszky - Ideastream

Ivory Tower

Thursday, March 20, 2014 6:45 PM - 9:10 PM

Ivory Tower

How much is college worth?

Panelists: Andrew Rossi – Director, Ivory Tower; David Boone – Sophomore, Harvard College; featured in film; Bob Durham - Director of Scholarship Services and Financial Aid, College Now of Greater Cleveland, Inc.; Eric Gordon – CEO, Cleveland Metropolitan School District; Ross Peacock - Assistant VP for Institutional Research and Planning, Oberlin College

Moderator: Amy Hansen – Ideastream

SEX(ED) The Movie

Saturday, March 29, 2014 4:50 PM - 6:50 PM

SEX(ED) The Movie

Why is sex ed such a touchy subject?

Panelists: Brenda Goodman – Director, Sex(Ed) The Movie; Jane Esselstyn RN – Sexuality Educator; Diego Espino - Senior Director of Health Education, Outreach, & Training, Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio; Tiana Lovelace – Peer Educator, Planned Parenthood

Moderator: Michelle Kanu - Ideastream

The Case Against 8

Saturday, March 22, 2014 4:20 PM - 7:20 PM

The Case Against 8

What can Ohio learn from the case against Prop 8?

Panelists: Subodh Chandra – Managing Partner, The Chandra Law Firm LLC; Tim Downing – Partner, Ulmer & Berne LLP; Michael Premo – Campaign Manager, Why Marriage Matters Ohio

Moderator: Tony Ganzer – Ideastream

The Cooler Bandits

Thursday, March 27, 2014 4:45 PM - 7:25 PM

The Cooler Bandits

How do we prepare and support people getting ready to re-enter society?

Panelists: John Lucas – Director, The Cooler Bandits; Donovan Harris – Featured in film; Charles Kelly – Featured in film; Richard “Poochie” Roderick – Featured in film; Twila Belle – Sister of Frankie Porter, featured in film

Moderator: Jim Crutchfield – CIFF Board Member and former Publisher of the Akron Beacon Journal

The Dark Matter of Love

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 6:15 PM - 8:35 PM

The Dark Matter of Love

Is there a science to parental love and building blended families?

Panelists: Sarah McCarthy – Director, The Dark Matter of Love; Jim Adams – Executive Director, Geauga County Board of Mental Health & Recovery Services; Lisa Damour, PhD - Clinical Psychologist, Director of Laurel School's Center for Research on Girls, Clinical Instructor at Case Western Reserve University; Zoe Breen Wood, MSW, PhD - Assistant Professor, Jack Joseph & Morton MandelSchool of Applied Social Sciences, Case Western Reserve University

Moderator: Dee Perry – Ideastream


Sunday, March 23, 2014 4:45 PM - 7:15 PM


What is the cost, and what is lost, when enforcing immigration policies?

Panelists: Robert Douglas Lemon – Director, Transfusion; Richard Herman – Cleveland Immigration Lawyer, Herman Legal Group; Bonita Lee - Community Relations Representative, Retired (Dec. 2012) from the City of Columbus Neighborhood Services; Guadalupe Velasquez – New American Initiative Coordinator, The City of Columbus

Moderator: David C. Barnett – Ideastream

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