The 2017 FilmForum Series in Partnership with the Cleveland International Film Festival

The City Club of Cleveland is pleased to present nine FilmForums as part of the 41st Cleveland International Film Festival (taking place at Tower City Cinemas from March 29-April 9). The FilmForums are moderated and interactive panel discussions following certain documentaries that feature filmmakers, community leaders, and scholars exploring important, complex, and relevant social issues that cannot and should not be ignored. Come join us!


Thursday, March 30, 6:50 p.m. - Walk With Me: The Trials of Damon J. Keith

What is the job of the judiciary in times of social change?


Judge Ronald B. Adrine

Colleen M. Cotter, Executive Director, The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland

Jesse Nesser, Director of Walk With Me 


David C. Barnett, Senior Reporter/Producer, 90.3 WCPN ideastream


Friday, March 31, 4 p.m. - A Revolution in Four Seasons

What can we learn about our own democracy by watching one being born?


State Representative Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood)

Jessie Deeter, Director of A Revolution in Four Seasons

Pete Moore, M. A. Hanna Professor of Political Science and Director of Graduate Studies, Case Western Reserve University


Dan Moulthrop, CEO, The City Club of Cleveland

Listen to the discussion here.


Sunday, April 2, 3:40 p.m. - Food Evolution

Can minds be changed about GMOs?


Chef Ben Bebenroth, Owner, Spice Acres Farm

Dr. Christopher Cullis, Francis Hobart Herrick Professor of Biology and Director of the Biotechnology Entrepreneurship Master’s Program, Case Western Reserve University, and a Fellow, Institute for the Science of Origins

Dr. Alison Van Eenennaam, Scientist, University of California


Mike McIntyre, Host, Sound of Ideas, 90.3 WCPN ideastream

Listen to the discussion here.


Monday, April 3, 6:30 p.m. - City of Joy

How do we support the journey from unspeakable pain to unleashed power?


Elizabeth Bach-Van Valkenburgh, MASSA, LISW-S

Madeleine Gavin, Director of City of Joy

Kirsti Mouncey, LISW-S, LCDCIII

Christine Schuler Deschryver, Director of V-Day Congo and City of Joy


Marlene Harris Taylor, Reporter/Producer, WVIZ/PBS ideastream

Listen to the discussion here.


Tuesday, April 4, 6:50 p.m. - Resistance is Life

What can we do to champion the courage of refugees?


Apo W. Bazidi, Director of Resistance is Life

Naser Danan, Human Rights Advocate and Cleveland-based physician 

Leen Midani, Syrian immigrant and recent graduate, Cleveland State University’s Business Administration Program


Lawrence Caswell, Associate Producer of Civic Engagement, Web and Social Media, 90.3 WCPN ideastream 

Listen to the discussion here.


Thursday, April 6, 6:30 p.m. - Untouchable

Is it possible to put civil rights and sex offenders in the same sentence?


David Feige, Director of Untouchable

Ian Friedman, Partner, Friedman & Nemeck, LLC


Rick Jackson, Senior Host/Producer, ideastream

Listen to the discussion here.


Friday, April 7, 4:10 p.m. - Requiem for a Running Back

Knowing the health risks, should we stay in the game?


Chris Borland, Former Linebacker, San Francisco 49ers

Rebecca Carpenter, Director, Requiem for a Running Back

Chris Nowinski, Co-founder and CEO, Concussion Legacy Foundation

Steve Sanders, Professional Football Player and Founder, My H.O.O.D.

Liz Nicholson Sullivan, Board Member, Concussion Legacy Foundation


Maxie Jackson, Station Manager, 90.3 WCPN ideastream

Listen to the discussion here.


Saturday, April 8, 11:35 a.m. - Dolores

How do we bring hidden figures into history books?


Veronica Isabel Dahlberg, Founder, Hispanas Organizadas de Lake y Ashtabula

Susan Hall, Director of Community Relations & Curator, Western Reserve Historical Society

Yanela Sims, Ohio State Director for Service Employees International Union Local 1


Darrielle Snipes, Reporter/Producer, ideastream

Listen to the discussion here.


Sunday, April 9, 1:50 p.m. - Whose Streets?
How loud must a protest be in order to be heard?


Damon Davis, Co-Director of Whose Streets?

Sabaah Folayan, Co-Director of Whose Streets?

Amanda King, Law Student, Case Western Reserve University; Member, Community Police Comission; and Director, Shooting Without Bullets

Rhonda Y. Williams, Ph.D., Director and Founder, Social Justice Institute, and Professor of History, Case Western Reserve University


Nick Castele, Reporter/Producer, 90.3 WCPN ideastream

Listen to the discussion here.

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