The ClFF42 Experience

The 42nd Cleveland International Film Festival came to an end on Sunday, April 15th 2018 and I am so proud and honored to be a part of such a prestigious film festival. I was there for just three days ( April 12th - 15th ) and in such a short amount of time, I got to meet and connect with so many people from the CIFF staff, movie goers and most especially fellow filmmakers.  Of course, screening Mr. Gele in a movie theater for the very first time ever was quite mind blowing. I couldn't stop staring at the amount of audience members that filled the theater especially at our 2nd showing at 9am on a Saturday!! It was a sight that I will definitely never forget . One of my favorite highlights was finally meeting our super talented editor, Mimi Wilcox for the first time! We had been working virtually together via email and text for about a year and a half so it was quite a time meeting each other at the festival. 

I also had the privilege to chat with Dee Perry, a former Cleveland, Ohio radio host who was also part of the festival. We chatted about "Mr. Gele" and my CIFF42 journey. Being my very first interview, I was initially real nervous but Dee had a way of making you feel comfortable and she honestly made me forget I was even being interviewed. We were just enjoying great conversation.  

The CIFF42 staff were so amazing and extremely helpful in guiding me through the festival each day I was there. They did a superb job in putting the whole the festival together. 

So I'll stop here and let the photographs speak for themselves!!