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  The 40th Annual International Cleveland Film Festival

Screen Shot 2016-03-29 at 9.47.51 PMThis weeks marks the 40th Annual International Cleveland Film Festival, and I couldn’t be more excited. As a proud society member, I am thrilled with this years lineup of films. Everything from animated documentary’s to thrillers, romantic french films and those quirky Asian adventure flicks…I can’t wait to the next two weeks of film filled fun.

This festival also marks my 10th year spending special time with my Mom. For the past decade my Mom comes in from out of town and we pack a long weekend with all sorts of incredible, creative films. During the “breaks” we make our way over to the lobby bar in The Ritz Carlton for a fancy cocktail and amazing people watching, to the bar at Blue Point Grille for a cup of Lobster Bisque and a glass of vino or if we feel like a quick drive across the bridge we have been known to hit up the happy hour at Momocho for taquitos and margaritas if we can squeeze into the bar. I love my annual visit with one of my favorite gal pals….my mom!

Have you bought your tickets yet? Just a few of the shows we have tickets for…
Love is All You Need
The Art that Nature Makes : the Work of Rosamond Purcell
A Good American
and a handful of others!

For film descriptions and the entire festival lineup visit their website here.

I literally am counting down until the festival. Looking forward to running into you in line or in the lobby. I’ll have my tote bag packed with “provisions!” Cheers, happy film fest everyone.

  How I do the CLE Int FILM FEST!

ffHey CLE! How has your week been? I think the spring-weather-gods are shining down on us, its so wonderful not to have to wear ten layers to get out the door in the morning. I heart SPRING in the 216, everyone seems lighter, brighter and overall more kind to one another when the weather turns from cold to mild….and then the FILM FEST rolls into town and makes everything better!!!

Have you picked up your film program and planned your Cleveland International Film Festival experience yet? I am counting the days till the excitement rolls into town.  Every year, my mom comes for a visit and we binge watch a handful of films that I select for us. I try and pick a documentary, an “artsy” film, something from France and when available a light, romantic comedy.

This year I have selected a handful of good ones including one I am especially excited about…The Wolfpack. It’s a documentary about a family of six adult children who live in New York City but have no interaction with society thanks to their “alpha male” father. Instead, they learn how the world exists through thousands of movies they watch and creatively reenact at home. It really looks to be both bizarre and wonderful all rolled into one incredible movie. What movies are you excited about?

When I am headed down to Terminal Tower for a few solid hours of film fest, I have specific “must have’s” that I bring with me. I bring a stylish tote bag like the Curtin Tote designed and produced locally by Blair Ritchey. I fill it with the typical toiletries including tissues for those emotional flicks, lip balm for when the theaters are dry and a hand sanititzer for all the RTA yucky-ness. I highly advise bringing a refillable water bottle to stay hydrated and to deter you from filling up on theatre soda. I also like to bring a healthy snack such as an apple for between movie munchies. If you are feeling indulgent a Lilly’s of Tremont chocolate bar and a small can of Sofia champagne in a can is also a film fest treat.

I like to wear slip on shoes; stylish sneakers or flats work well for getting comfy during the movies. Dress in layers as sometimes the theaters are a bit chilly or a little hot…it always helps to have options.

Sometimes between movies I like to slip away to the Ritz Carlton Cleveland or a drink at their Lobby Bar on Six. They typically offer film fest drink specials and even a few movie-themed cocktails, plus you never know what actor or filmmaker you might spot hanging out between films.

Give yourself enough time to park and get in line for your movie, I like to estimate arriving almost 30-40 before my films begin. You can always meet fellow film goers, explore the festivals silent auction or shop the always-creative film gift shop.

The film fest kick off next week. If you haven’t purchased tickets remember to go online and choose a few movies before films sell out. Happy film fest everyone, I look forward to seeing you at the movies!

  giveaway : CIFF Get Shorty tickets


As many of you know the Cleveland Film Festival is seriously one of my favorite annual happenings in this town! This year, the 39th Annual Cleveland Film Festival (CIFF) runs March 18-29, 2015 and we are already counting down the days. The majority of the 350+ films will be shown at Tower City Cinemas, but CIFF will also be taking some screenings on the road to at least 10 neighborhood locations venues like the Beachland Ballroom, Cedar Lee Theatre, Chagrin Cinemas (Bainbridge), the Akron Art Museum and more.

Every year the festival hosts a series of “Film Feasts” prior to the festival. These parties are a way to engage the community, cultivate new film buffs and celebrate the arts, all while promoting the upcoming Festival.

The “Get Shorty” Film Feast evening is always one of the most popular, and this year the event takes place January 29, 7pm at Capitol Theatre. Join us as we review each short film and get ready to pick your favorite for this years upcoming festival. Before the films, guests will gather next door at the Arcade where they will enjoy food and beverages provided by Culinary Occasions. Get Shorty, like all Film Feasts, is open to the public. Tickets can be purchased at clevelandfilm.org for $100 each. For your ticket and for more information visit them online or friend them on Facebook.

Or enter to win two free passes to the evening’s excitement right here! Leave me a comment about why you’d like to win or tweet me at “@iheartclev I’d love to attend this years @CIFF Get Shorty film feast night!” Winner to be drawn by Monday, January 26th. Good luck!

*This post is part of this years festival awareness campaign. I was given two tickets to the Get Shorty film feast in exchange for this post. As a regular festival-goer my thoughts are 100% my own. Thanks for supporting this organization that allows me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland!

  The Ritz Carlton Staycation

rugHello & happy Monday Cleveland! What a bizarre weather weekend we had? I know I tend to banter about the snow, not snow, blue skies and so forth but come on; this was for sure a weird one. So glad to see the sunshine on Sunday, seemed to even out the Saturday snow storm. Fingers crossed that’s the end now SPRING can arrive?

This past weekend we had the pleasure of taking a Cleveland “Staycation” downtown at the Ritz Carlton Cleveland. It was a truly pampering, overnight getaway that if you ever have the opportunity to splurge on you won’t be disappointed. We planned to stay at the Ritz during the Film Fest as a way to go back and forth between movies and have a place to both relax and escape the festival crowds. I have to say not having to park and rush to a movie was so so nice, plus we left our winter coats in the room which was even more awesome.



  Friday Fun!

Good morning Cleveland and happy Friday! Where did the week go? It literally just flew by right before my very eyes. So many things to be excited about this weekend including tonights fish fry with friends, more Cleveland International Film Festival movies, getting lucky at the Horseshoe Casino (including brunch) and tickets to the Terminal Tower Observation Deck! And don’t even get me started on more baby fashions/room decorating…It’s gonna be a very fun two days.

What about you? Big weekend plans? While they are predicting rain, at least it is planning on being mid 40’s and above, so that’s a positive, don’t you think?

A few things to keep you excited this weekend…

Did you watch the movie that Positively Cleveland has produced (above?) The tune is catchy and the visuals gorgeous. While it took me a few views to get totally on board, I truly do love how they pair “fancy Cleveland” with the “everyday Cleveland.” It shows all sides of our city and I think they did a perfect job at capturing our spirit. Great job guys!

The Film Festival : It’s the last weekend of the 38th Annual Cleveland International Film Festival and there are still movies with seats available and plenty on standy-by. Check out the schedule and choose wisely, oh and don’t forget your popcorn and twirlers for the perfect movie treat.

Fish Fry Fridays : If you don’t already have dinner plans, grab some friends and plan on gorging on fried fish, mac n cheese, french fries and all those other yummy lenten delights tonight. Personally I like the fish that St Mary’s Romanian Orthodox Catholic Parish on Warren Road in Westpark serves up but there are SO MANY options in our communities. For a complete list of fish fry’s both east side & west side check out the ultimate list that Cleveland.com has put together.

Transformer Station Opening Party : Tonight join the crew over at the Transformer Station for the gallery opening of Christian Patterson Redheaded Peckerwood and Superblack work by Jordan Tate. The party kicks off at 7pm with live spinning dj’s, book signings and a cash bar.

Oh Joy for Target : I don’t know about you guys, but this new party decoration line at Target is too sweet for words. Thanks to Joy Cho and her talented team of designers I have managed to hoard many pastel plastic goblets and coordinating scalloped edged party napkins. I am tempted to take home the cake pedestal but for now I just love my bit of party fun from Oh Joy. Now, I must get to work planning a party!

My go to Radio Station : It’s not an event per say, but I love me some tunes from the 20’3, 30’s & 40’s and if you ever get in my car you will probably here WKHR 91.5 on the radio. This volunteer-run radio station has little commercial interruptions and darling weather reports. I just love this little station. This month they are doing a radio-thon raising funds to keep the oldies alive. I wanted to share this little tie bit in case anyone enjoys the station like I do. Listen now!

Have a great weekend everybody. Looking forward to sharing more with you next week. Peace.