Cleveland International Film Festival } March 25 – April 5, 2020 } Tower City Cinemas

Embrace Poro!

April 15, 2018   |   posted by Lara Klaber in Festival Events


Lake County’s Mark Porostosky has been to CIFF in the last few years and has seen one or two films. But he never believed he would actually be a part of the Festival. It’s his song, “Embrace,” that audiences have been listening to (sometimes multiple times) each day.

“It’s a song that can mean something to everyone,” says Porostosky, who plays mandolin and guitars for the band Poro.

And he loves what Fusion Filmworks, who produced the trailer, did with his music and the graphics.

“It’s so perfectly done,” he says. “It flows really well.”

For Sunday’s Closing Night, CIFF guests can hear the band do a special performance, with Andrea Belding (violin), Sam Harman (French horn), Heather Storey (oboe), Evan Storey (drums) and Brandon Lichtinger (electric guitar) joining permanent members Porostosky, Ryan Walker (bass, banjo) and Susan Ulle (keys). The band goes on at 8:50 p.m.

We know you have been singing along for the past 12 days, so now you will know the complete lyrics:


Stop, I don’t want to go
I don’t want to lose this place I’ve known

Stop, I don’t want to see,
Everything I want taken from me

It takes another chance to fall in love
It takes a second hand to finally know your done/ (finally come undone),

And we'll say
What it was was never what it was

Staring from a cloud, we’ll find out when we fall what will stay
I want to embrace your love

A new compilation of songs is planned for release this summer. Join the band at the Beachland Tavern on August 17 for their release show. “Embrace” is sure to be on the set list!

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