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5 "Cleveland's Own" Films We're Most Excited for at the Greater Cleveland Urban Film Festival

Later this week, the Greater Cleveland Urban Film Festival kicks off for its ninth year and runs through Friday, September 18. If you are not yet familiar with GCUFF, you need to check it out. GCUFF is an annual festival that showcases minority films and filmmakers with the goal of celebrating and advancing African American culture and cinema.


This year's event, in the midst of a pandemic and growing racial tensions, is possibly the most ambitious and important GCUFF yet. While the nine days of entertainment will now be almost entirely virtual (except for two days of drive-in screenings), the schedule is still jam-packed with talent. Likewise, in the wake Chadwick Boseman's death and national protests of police-involved shootings, there has never been a better time to support Black Film--especially in our own backyard. This year's event features several films with actors, directors, writers, or producers from Cleveland. Here are five of "Cleveland's Own" films we are most excited to watch:

A State of Mind

-Type of film: Narrative feature film

-Plot: A promising writer battles to fight off mental illness, which has plagued three generations of his family

-Length: 75 minutes

-Showtimes: Sunday, September 13 (available for streaming 9AM-11PM); Tuesday, September 15 (available for streaming 9AM-11PM)


Cleveland Soul The Comeback

-Type of film: Documentary short

-Plot: Follow Amos "Red" Turner's road to recovery from addiction as he uses his entertainment skills to help himself and others prosper

-Length: 20 minutes

-Showtimes: Sunday, September 13 (available for streaming 9AM-11PM); Thursday, September 17 (available for streaming 9AM-11PM)


The Turnaround

-Type of film: Documentary feature

-Plot: A fun documentary about the past, present, and future of Cleveland jazz, told by the musicians who shaped it

-Length: 42 minutes

-Showtimes: Saturday, September 12 (available for streaming 9AM-11PM)



Brick by Brick

-Type of film: Short narrative

-Plot: Based on a true story, a young man leaves his small town to find his father, presumed dead after a riot, and confronts numerous systemic obstacles in pursuit of rebuilding a relationship with the father he thought he knew

-Length: 17 minutes

-Showtimes: Friday, September 11 (available for streaming 9AM-11PM); Monday, September 14 (available for streaming 9AM-11PM); Thursday, September 17 (available for streaming 9AM-11PM)


Kamo Lyfe

-Type of film: Documentary feature

-Plot: A story about how hiking in the mountains of Arizona gave a group of hikers motivation in life

-Length: 81 minutes

-Showtimes: Sunday, September 13 (available for streaming 9AM-11PM); Wednesday, September 16 (available for streaming 9AM-11PM)

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