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March 27, 2014 | posted in Festival Events
Each year, the Cleveland International Film Festival hosts an evening in memory of Rick Whitbeck at the Cedar Lee Theatre in Cleveland Heights. Whitbeck co-founded CIFF with Jon Forman who is President of Cleveland Cinemas. Forman greeted the audience of “The Winding Stream.”
“Oh, and thirty eight years ago,” said Forman, “I founded the Film Festival with Rick Whitbeck.”
Whitbeck passed away in 2008 at the age of 61. The co-founders met as students at Case Western Reserve University and quickly bonded over their love of film. Forman shared the results of Whitbeck’s feasibility study that revealed, “a film festival would not survive in Cleveland.”
Clearly, that study missed the mark. Tonight is not only the eighth day of the 38th CIFF, it marks the ninth consecutive year of the festival’s return to its original home at the Cedar Lee Theatre.
As the crowd entered the theater, the evening’s community sponsor, Roots of American Music (ROAM), entertained them. “The Winding Stream,” showcases the women of the Carter family and their powerful contribution to American music. The film’s director, Beth Harrington, attended along with her friends, family and associate producer, Laura Ross, who is a new Cleveland transplant.
— Molly Drake
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