Cleveland International Film Festival } March 30 – April 10, 2022

Filmmaker Conversation: Roundtable

Bring It Home & The Place That Makes Us

Thursday, April 08, 2021 11:00 AM - Tuesday, April 20, 2021 11:59 PM

PNC Bank

Join us for a pre-recorded Roundtable with filmmakers and subjects from Bring It Home and The Place That Makes Us, two films whose stories center around the Mahoning Valley. The Roundtable episode will be available starting at 11:00AM on April 8th on the CIFF YouTube page.

Films:

Bring it Home

Thursday, April 08, 2021 11:00 AM - Tuesday, April 20, 2021 11:59 PM

Bring it Home

In November 2018, General Motors announced plant closures in Ohio, Michigan, and Maryland. The proposed restructuring to become more competitive would result in thousands of layoffs. While GM ran a PR campaign to justify its decisions, GM employees and their families were left with lots of questions. Would their plants be closed? Should they request transfers? What would happen to their pensions and benefits? Putting a face to the sensationalized media, this documentary introduces us to employees of the Lordstown, Ohio plant, including Tiffany King, who is a 23-year employee hoping to earn her pension. If she takes a transfer,...

The Place That Makes Us

Thursday, April 08, 2021 11:00 AM - Tuesday, April 20, 2021 11:59 PM

The Place That Makes Us

Youngstown, Ohio was once a bustling manufacturing city, but the community faced rapid industrial decline after the collapse of the steel industry in the 1970s. Residents abandoned the city in masses, leaving a community riddled with vacant homes, unemployment, drugs, and crime. While countless fled, some chose to stay working to revitalize their hometown through innovative community development. THE PLACE THAT MAKES US follows four individuals transforming their communities through neighborhood rehabilitation, vacant home renovation, expanding access to home ownership, and involvement in local government. The documentary challenges outsiders’ assumptions about the Rust Belt by showcasing the residents’ efforts to...

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