The Cleveland International Film Festival promotes artistically and culturally significant film arts through education and exhibition to enrich the life of the community.
Country: United States
Run Time: 100 minutes
In the summer of 2002, Brian Banks was charged with dragging a female classmate into a stairwell and raping her. Though Brian maintained his innocence, he agreed to a plea bargain to avoid decades of imprisonment. The accepted plea deal earned him six years in prison, five years of probation, and registration as a sex offender for the rest of his life. After his sentence was handed down, Brian’s dreams of playing in the NFL were crushed. But he never gave up the hope of clearing his name, even after he served his time. With the help of Justin Brooks of the California Innocence Project, Brian gains the support he needs to launch an investigation into gathering evidence that will overturn his conviction and set him free. Featuring outstanding performances by Aldis Hodge, Greg Kinnear, and Morgan Freeman, BRIAN BANKS is an inspiring story about the resilience of the human spirit and the power of a second chance. —G.S.
Saturday, April 06, 2019 at 6:10 PM
Sunday, April 07, 2019 at 4:30 PM
American Independents Competition
Tom Shadyac moved to Los Angeles at age 24 and became the youngest staff joke writer ever for comedian Bob Hope. Shadyac received his master's degree in film from UCLA after completing the critically-acclaimed short, “Tom, Dick and Harry.” He then worked on movies-of-the-week and rewrote and directed for Fox. Shadyac has also dabbled in stand-up comedy and, at one time, appeared regularly at the Improv on Melrose, as well as guest starred on TV series and movies.
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994), The Nutty Professor (1996), Liar Liar (1997), Patch Adams (1998), Dragonfly (2002), Bruce Almighty (2003), Evan Almighty (2007), I Am (2010)–CIFF35, BRIAN BANKS (2018)
Amy Baer, Monica Levinson, Shivani Rawat
Greg Kinnear, Aldis Hodge, Melanie Liburd, Xosha Roquemore, Tiffany Dupont, Morgan Freeman