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

CIFF West

The Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF) is thrilled to announce that this year there will be more to the Festival than ever before. In addition to its 500+ screenings at our longtime downtown home base, Tower City Cinemas, CIFF is making exciting changes to the scope of its footprint with the creation of two new Festival hubs—CIFF East and CIFF West.

Located in the Gordon Square Arts District, CIFF West features 19 screenings from Thursday, March 28th - Saturday, March 30th at Near West Theatre and Capitol Theatre.

For more details on planning your day, please click here.

SPONSORED BY:

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Capitol Theatre

1390 W 65th St

Cleveland OH, 44102

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Near West Theatre

6702 Detroit Avenue

Cleveland OH, 44102

Films:  

Decade of Fire

Thursday, March 28, 2019 6:00 PM - 7:16 PM

Decade of Fire

The South Bronx smoldered for nearly ten years. In the 1970s, the New York City borough lost almost 80% of its housing to fires, displacing 250,000 residents from their homes. Once a thriving, integrated community of African American, Irish, Italian, Hispanic, Jewish, and Puerto Rican families, the South Bronx fell victim to racially-targeted government policies and city-wide budget cuts. When redlining went into effect, barring minorities from obtaining mortgage loans or insurance policies, landlords continued to pocket rent checks but neglected to take care of their buildings. Aging structures susceptible to fires ignited years of devastating damage, with no end—or...

Showing at Near West Theatre

Quiet Storm: The Ron Artest Story

Thursday, March 28, 2019 8:00 PM - 9:57 PM

Quiet Storm: The Ron Artest Story

On November 19, 2004, the NBA’s Indiana Pacers and Detroit Pistons played at the Palace in Detroit. With 45 seconds left, Pacer Ron Artest, already notorious for his volcanic temper, sparked an altercation that soon erupted into the stands and became the most shameful and violent incident in NBA history. QUIET STORM is the story of Ron Artest (aka Metta World Peace). Where most documentaries focus on a familiar arc of struggle and triumph, this film dares to go deeper. Beginning with Artest’s childhood in New York’s infamous Queensbridge projects, the film charts his development as a man and a...

Showing at Near West Theatre

Westside vs The World

Friday, March 29, 2019 1:00 PM - 2:35 PM

Westside vs The World

Located in Columbus, Ohio, Westside Barbell is a renowned workout club that focuses on powerlifting, a strength sport with three lifts: squat, bench press, and deadlift. To put it simply, these super-jacked individuals lift some insanely heavy weights. In fact, one Westsider had a combined record of 3,005 pounds. The owner of the invitation-only gym is Louie Simmons, a former champion lifter who rewrote the rules on weight training (today, his techniques are used in other professional and collegiate sports). Louie—now in his mid-60s—is notoriously rough. Under his roof, you’re either breaking records or you’re out. The environment is brutally...

Showing at Near West Theatre

Benjamin

Friday, March 29, 2019 1:15 PM - 2:40 PM

Benjamin

Seven years ago, young Benjamin Oliver wowed the critics and won awards for his first film, “Happy.” Now he is finally releasing his long overdue follow-up, “No Self”—an odd mix examining his inability to maintain relationships, coupled with Buddhist philosophy. The film’s incompatible elements reflect Benjamin perfectly. He’s an appealingly dysfunctional stew of insecurity, strange acquaintances, and bushels of boyish charm. Further complicating his creative and personal tailspin is Noah, a handsome young singer whom Benjamin is instantly smitten with. When “No Self” premieres, it is a critical disaster. Life may stubbornly insist on imitating art because it seems his...

Showing at Capitol Theatre

The Map to Paradise

Friday, March 29, 2019 3:25 PM - 5:00 PM

The Map to Paradise

Only 3.5% of Earth’s oceans are protected, compared to 15% of Earth’s land. While there is plenty of work to be done, there is much to be celebrated. A self-proclaimed “collection of sea tales,” THE MAP TO PARADISE follows dedicated marine biologists and conservationists on their quest to protect our world’s oceans. A refreshing documentary that highlights more successful progress than dire circumstances, the film travels to Apo Island in the Philippines, the Antarctic Peninsula, a small fishing village in Greece, the California coast, and Australia’s Great Barrier Reef to trace the history and evolution of the global movement to...

Showing at Capitol Theatre

American Relapse

Friday, March 29, 2019 3:30 PM - 5:15 PM

American Relapse

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, more than 115 Americans die every day from opioid overdoses. The epidemic knows no boundaries, affecting people from all walks of life, regardless of race, gender, or socioeconomic status. Many times, the problem is presented simply from a perspective of statistics. Directors Pat McGee and Adam Linkenhelt hope to change that with their incredibly intimate documentary, AMERICAN RELAPSE. The film humanizes the issue by connecting viewers with real people whose lives have been upended by drug addiction. Filmed in Florida, the main subjects are Frankie and Allie, two recovering addicts who have...

Showing at Near West Theatre

Float Like a Butterfly

Friday, March 29, 2019 5:45 PM - 7:26 PM

Float Like a Butterfly

Irish tradition may forbid it, but young Frances dreams of being a world-class boxer. Growing up in 1960s Ireland as part of a family of nomadic travelers, Frances inherits a love of boxing and Muhammed Ali from her father, Michael, who’s had her bobbing and weaving since before she can remember. But after losing his wife and spending a few years in prison, Michael’s return is not the homecoming he or Frances imagined. Her father—cold, distant, and no longer in Frances’ corner—talks of marrying her off and shields her from the world of boxing he once encouraged. Reinstating control, Michael...

Showing at Capitol Theatre

The Garden Left Behind

Friday, March 29, 2019 6:15 PM - 7:43 PM

The Garden Left Behind

Tina and her grandmother, Eliana, are undocumented immigrants living in New York. Eliana wants to return to Mexico, but Tina needs to stay in the States so that she can safely transition—a difficult journey for anyone, but especially true for Tina given her circumstances. Along with undocumented status, Tina faces issues of discrimination and harassment from an unsympathetic world. Without a Green Card and insurance, the medical bills are piling up. Then Jason, Tina’s uncertain lover, withdraws as the transition nears. Even Tina is having doubts, especially when a beloved transgender activist is killed by police. THE GARDEN LEFT BEHIND...

Showing at Near West Theatre

I See You

Friday, March 29, 2019 8:15 PM - 9:51 PM

I See You

Filmed in neighborhoods surrounding Cleveland, I SEE YOU stars Helen Hunt as Jackie Harper, whose affair has just been discovered by her husband, Greg, and son, Connor. And neither can stand to look at her. To take his mind off his wife’s infidelity, Greg turns to his career as a detective, as their town is in a panic after a recent rash of kidnappings that eerily resembles the work of a man who terrorized the community a decade ago. Meanwhile, Jackie begins to notice strange things happening at home. Her family thinks she’s crazy until they start witnessing the hair-raising...

Showing at Capitol Theatre

Champions

Saturday, March 30, 2019 1:00 PM - 3:04 PM

Champions (Campeones)

In CHAMPIONS, Javier Gutiérrez stars as Marco Montes, a well-known, blowhard assistant coach who gets fired for pushing his boss during a game. He then goes out drinking to drown his sorrows and ends up getting arrested for drunk driving. The judge has a clever punishment for him: coach basketball at a center for individuals with mental disabilities. The idea doesn’t sit well with Marco, whose insolent attitude toward the disabled is somewhat alarming. Still, he’s assigned to the Los Amigos organization, and when he arrives to begin coaching, it’s clear he has his work cut out for him. These...

Showing at Capitol Theatre

Land of Glass

Saturday, March 30, 2019 1:40 PM - 3:08 PM

Land of Glass (Landet af glas)

His dad’s demanding work schedule leaves 13-year-old Jas home alone for the weekend. Left to his own devices, Jas spends time in the massive, glass greenhouse in his backyard, letting his imagination flourish as it did when his mother was still alive. On one fateful day, Jas finds old, frail Alva and a young girl, Neia, hiding in his family’s barn. The pair come from the forest, but they are on the run from a dangerous threat and cannot return home. Curious about these peculiar strangers, Jas invites them inside for food, warmth, and safety from whomever they say is...

Showing at Near West Theatre

Little Miss Dolittle

Saturday, March 30, 2019 3:50 PM - 5:31 PM

Little Miss Dolittle (Liliane Susewind)

What a gift to be able to talk to animals! But for 11-year-old Lilli, her four-legged friendships tend to get her and her family into too much trouble. After a messy mishap with a donkey and the mayor, the spunky, curly-haired redhead vows to her parents to keep her talent hidden and try to make some new, non-animal friends. On Lilli’s first day at her new school, the class travels to Paradisia, a local zoo with an uncertain future. Tasked with helping reopen the zoo in a few short days, Lilli overhears from a worried piglet that animals keep mysteriously...

Showing at Near West Theatre

The Cat Rescuers

Saturday, March 30, 2019 4:00 PM - 5:27 PM

The Cat Rescuers

New York City streets are home to at least half a million feral or abandoned cats. Thankfully, the city also has an abundance of generous people who want to give these furry creatures better (and safer) lives. Although THE CAT RESCUERS features plenty of adorable kitties, the documentary’s real stars are the kind-hearted souls who make personal sacrifices to save these animals. Fierce and protective Sassee dedicates much of her free time to looking after vulnerable cats. Mild-mannered Stu (dubbed “Superman to the cats” by one neighbor) rises before dawn to feed Brooklyn strays before heading to his day job....

Showing at Capitol Theatre

Well Groomed

Saturday, March 30, 2019 6:10 PM - 7:38 PM

Well Groomed

If you have never seen a creative dog grooming competition, take everything you think you know about dog shows and turn it on its head. Picture dog fur dyed with every color under the sun and then transformed into mermaids, dinosaurs, Disney characters, and Johnny Depp’s face. It’s really something you have to see to believe. To creative groomers, dogs are not just companions, but works of art… expensive and all-consuming works of art. The time and money spent on these projects make creative grooming not just a hobby, but a lifestyle. WELL GROOMED is a documentary that follows four...

Showing at Near West Theatre

Princess of the Row

Saturday, March 30, 2019 6:30 PM - 7:55 PM

Princess of the Row

While in Iraq, Sergeant Willis suffered a traumatic brain injury. Now enduring PTSD, he is homeless on L.A.’s infamous Skid Row. His 12-year-old daughter, Alicia, known as “Princess” to those on the Row, is always fleeing foster homes to be on the streets with her father. Princess is a gifted storyteller and myth-weaver. In her tale, the Princess needs to rescue her Knight, escaping from the Row so they can recreate a family. With social services in pursuit, she flees the city with her father. But he is unable to care for her or himself and can turn dangerously violent...

Showing at Capitol Theatre

Wheels

Saturday, March 30, 2019 8:45 PM - 10:05 PM

Wheels

WHEELS tells the story of Max, an ambitious teenager who dreams of being a big-time DJ. For now, he’s stuck spinning at parties for local thugs. Staying focused on his own goals isn’t easy when life’s circumstances get in the way. His grandma is sick, so he dropped out of school to work full-time at the grocery store to support his family. When Monty, a popular DJ in the scene, praises Max’s abilities, he starts saving cash for a pair of his own turntables. Monty’s encouragement gives him hope that it’s not just some pipe dream—he’s got a real chance...

Showing at Capitol Theatre

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