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. FilmForums take 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

Art Connect

Thursday, March 26, 2015 6:05 PM - 8:10 PM

Art Connect

How can the creative process awaken the potential within young people in our community?

Panelists: Kathleen Cerveny – Director of Institutional Learning and Arts Initiatives, Cleveland Foundation; Miquel Galofré – Director; Dee Jay Doc Harrill – Founder, The FRESH Camp; Darnell Weaver – Teaching Artist, Rainey Institute

Moderator: Dee Perry – Ideastream

The Creeping Garden

Friday, March 20, 2015 4:10 PM - 6:15 PM

The Creeping Garden

Can an ancient life form be the secret to unlocking the potential of future technologies?

Panelists: David Jurca – Associate Director, Cleveland Urban Design Center; Ann Medhurst – Artist; Jasper Sharp – Director; Markus V. Vogl, MFA – Assistant Professor, The Mary Schiller Myers School of Art at The University of Akron

Moderator: Anne Glausser – Ideastream

Divide in Concord

Friday, March 27, 2015 4:20 PM - 6:25 PM

Divide in Concord

What role does grassroots activism have in democracy today?

Panelists: Kris Kaczor – Director; Belle Likover – Longtime Community Activist; David Regos – Producer; Jacob VanSickle – Executive Director, Bike Cleveland

Moderator: Nick Castele – Ideastream

Finding the Gold Within

Friday, March 20, 2015 7:00 PM - 9:20 PM

Finding the Gold Within

What happens when traditional African storytelling is placed at the heart of a mentoring program?

Panelists: Brandyn Costa – Film Subject; Karina Epperlein – Director; Tyler Jones – Film Subject; Imani Scruggs – Film Subject Darius Simpson – Film Subject; Shawntrall Smith – Film Subject; Stacee Starr – Film Subject

Moderator: James N. Crutchfield, former President & Publisher, The Akron Beacon Journal

The Hand that Feeds

Monday, March 23, 2015 6:20 PM - 8:35 PM

The Hand that Feeds

Who pays the cost of low prices in our economy?

Panelists: Robin Blotnick – Director; Colleen Cotter – Executive Director, The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland; Veronica Dahlberg – Executive Director, HOLA Ohio; Amy Hanauer – Founding Executive Director, Policy Matters Ohio

Moderator: Andrew Samtoy – ideastream

The Homestretch

Sunday, March 22, 2015 6:45 PM - 9:00 PM

The Homestretch

As the number of homeless teens continues to rise, how do we rise to meet their needs?

Panelists: Anne de Mare – Director; Tasha Jones – Local Teen; Kasey – Film Subject; Marcia Zashin – Project ACT, Cleveland Metropolitan School District

Moderator: Maxie Jackson – ideastream

An Honest Liar

Sunday, March 29, 2015 11:35 AM - 1:50 PM

An Honest Liar

Can you predict what this FilmForum is about?

Panelists: Tyler Measom – Director; Deyvi Pena – Film Subject; James Randi ––Film Subject; Justin Weinstein – Director

Moderator: Tony Ganzer – ideastream

Limited Partnership

Saturday, March 21, 2015 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Limited Partnership

Let's talk about love stories that drive history.

Panelists: Leslye Huff and Mary Ostendorf; Vince Iannaggi and Scott Esposito; Thomas G. Miller – Director

Moderator: David C. Barnett – ideastream

Most Likely to Succeed

Saturday, March 21, 2015 6:15 PM - 8:25 PM

Most Likely to Succeed

If we were to invent public education today, what would it look like?

Panelists: Melissa Cropper – President, Ohio Federation of Teachers; Arin Miller-Tait – Dean of Students, Bard High School Early College; Anne Mullin – Senior Program Officer of Education, The George Gund Foundation; Stephanie Rogan – Educational Consultant on the film

Moderator: Dan Moulthrop – ideastream

Out in the Night

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Out in the Night

What are the consequences of self-defense?

Panelists: Blair Dorosh–Walther – Director; Shakyra Diaz – Policy Manager, ACLU of Ohio; Alex Leslie – Director of Prevention and Outreach Programs, Cleveland Rape Crisis Center; Deidre McPherson – Founding Director, Cleveland Chapter, Sistah Sinema

Moderator: Rick Jackson – ideastream

Racing to Zer0

Thursday, March 19, 2015 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Racing to Zer0

What does it take to be truly sustainable?

Panelists: Christopher Beaver – Director; Diana Fuller – Producer; Jenita McGowan – Chief of Sustainability, City of Cleveland; Erica Robinson – Neighborhood Project Manager, Famicos Foundation

Moderator: Mark Simpson – ideastream


Saturday, March 28, 2015 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM


What do we lose when we can't hear the whistleblowers?

Panelists: Gary Daniels, Chief Lobbyist, ACLU of Ohio; Thomas Drake – Film Subject; James Spione – Director

Moderator: Mike McIntyre – ideastream

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