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

Filmmaker Conversation: Roundtable

Cured, Swan Song, & Yes I Am - the Ric Weiland Story

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 from some of our DReam Catcher films - Cured, Swan Song, and Yes I Am - the Ric Weiland Story. The Roundtable episode will be available starting at 11:00AM on April 8th on the CIFF YouTube page.

Films:

Swan Song

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

Swan Song

Returning to CIFF after more than two decades, queer cinema pioneer Todd Stephens completes his “Ohio Trilogy” with the bittersweet SWAN SONG. While his previous films—EDGE OF SEVENTEEN and GYPSY 83—followed young outcasts coming into adulthood, this final installment is a different kind of coming-of-age story. The film follows Pat Pitsenbarger, a formerly flamboyant hairdresser living in Sandusky, OH. Once the finest stylist for all the socialites in town, he’s now stuck in a drab nursing home. Having lost his partner, house, and the community he once held dear, Pat has all but given up. But...

Cured

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

Cured

In this age of pride parades, gay icons, and pop culture’s warm embrace of the LGBTQ, it can sometimes be hard to remember what life was like for gay people in the 1970s. Not only was homosexuality seen as a mortal sin, it was also categorized as a mental illness. People who “suffered” from the “affliction” of homosexuality were often institutionalized and forced to endure “treatments” such as medication, electroconvulsive therapy, and even castration. Faced with the dire consequences of coming out, many stayed in the closet. But a handful of brave activists, unapolgetically themselves, challenged society and the science...

Yes I Am - The Ric Weiland Story

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

Yes I Am - The Ric Weiland Story

As one of the first employees of Microsoft, Ric Weiland’s programming skills and brilliant mind contributed to the foundation of revolutionary technology that changed our world forever. Juxtaposed to his quiet, reserved nature in the workplace was his colorful, unabashed social life as a proud gay man. Although his career brought him incredible wealth, Weiland felt disinterested in his work and struggled to find meaningful purpose while enduring feelings of persistent loneliness and chronic bouts of depression. As the AIDS epidemic began to unfold and many of his friends fell victim, Weiland channeled his passion and resources into groundbreaking medical...

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