Cleveland International Film Festival } March 29 – April 9, 2017 Presented by Dollar Bank



Students from Northeast Ohio middle, junior high, and high schools have the extraordinary opportunity to see new films by some of the world’s most innovative filmmakers.

Celebrating its 25th anniversary, FilmSlam® is the Cleveland International Film Festival’s media literacy program and mini-festival of films for students.  FilmSlam® aims to educate students about evaluating and critiquing the messages they perceive while viewing films. Film can be less intimidating than many other art forms because of its prominent role in American culture. Therefore, it is a logical conduit through which social messages (such as the importance of the prevention of domestic violence and the eradication of discrimination) can be sent to young audiences.

FilmSlam® serves as an effective program to provide students with deep learning opportunities that go beyond the acquisition of basic skills. These include: the ability to foster thought-provoking discussion, analysis, and awareness of media communication forms and genres; critical thinking; curiosity; and social emotional growth.

For more information or to make reservations, please contact Beth Steele Radisek, FilmSlam Director, at 216.623.3456 x13 or

Support Provided By:

The Abington Foundation

The Eva L. and Joseph M. Bruening Foundation

Cleveland Foundation

Cuyahoga Community College

Char and Chuck Fowler Family Foundation

Martha Holden Jennings Foundation

Kiwanis Foundation



Third Federal Foundation

Thomas H. White Foundation


Directed By Leah Warshawski, Todd Soliday
Running Time: 93 Minutes

Six days a week, 90-year-old Sonia Warshawski climbs into her oversized Oldsmobile and heads for the only store still open in a decrepit Kansas City shopping mall. Long after Macy’s and The Limited were boarded up, John’s Tailoring still stands.... {more}


Directed By Scott Hamilton Kennedy
Running Time: 92 Minutes

The reputation surrounding GMO foods paints a picture of chemically enhanced produce, pumped with steroids and other poisons, being conned into our children’s mouths. But what if we have it all wrong? Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson narrates this documentary, which... {more}


Directed By Yanillys Perez
Running Time: 78 Minutes

When he’s not washing strangers’ windshields to help pay the rent, Jeffrey dreams of stardom as a reggaetón singer. At just 12 years old, he’s determined his days of dodging traffic to earn a handful of pesos are coming to... {more}

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