A collaborative film series about democratic process, public policy and who tells Cleveland's story during the 2016 RNC.
During the 2016 Republican National Convention, Cleveland expects:
10 billion media hits
$250,000 in direct spending
Cleveland was the 5th largest city in the U.S. when it last hosted a Convention in 1936. Now 48th, and the most economically distressed city in the nation, Cleveland struggles to maintain viable infrastructure.
Significant investments are being made, both from the top down and the bottom up, to help Cleveland rebound into vitality, and many cite the 2016 RNC is evidence of a Cleveland comeback:
But there is a more complex story here.
Most RNC traffic will be concentrated in a small section of downtown Cleveland—the recent recipient of $4 billion in development dollars.
What will delegates and journalists be missing if they stay within Cleveland’s tourist districts? What could the rest of Cleveland tell political decision-makers about how public policy is impacting urban Americans?
The Fixers is a collaborative public art project asking just that.
In journalism, a fixer is a well-networked local who helps a foreign journalist find quick entry into a story, by translating for them and introducing them to people who are in the know.
The Fixers has sought out Clevelanders who operate like fixers. People who work within large social networks to build Cleveland’s vitality, and social and economic equity.
We asked these fixers what tour of Cleveland they would give RNC delegates if they had the chance.
Their tours were documented in a series of short films, being released serially from May 20 – July 21, 2016. Each release is being accompanied by screenings and public dialogues around Cleveland.
In Loving Memory of Dave Wright
Kate Sopko (Cleveland, OH) is an installation and collage artist, author and facilitator who constructs social experiments to spark public dialogues and incubate new cultural practices. She's drawn to art work that skates the edge between social transformation and public art, finding this edge to be a place where the impossible can become possible.
Production team Angela Beallor and Elizabeth Press live and work in Troy, NY. A Cleveland native, Beallor works in photo and video to explore history, memory and politics.
Tom Laffay is native Cleveland documentary filmmaker, visual journalist and human rights activist.
Robert Banks is an experimental filmmaker, freelance cinematographer and photographer working in Cleveland for over 25 years.
Paul Sobota is a Cleveland-based videographer, photographer and fine artist who blends his fine art with commercial photography.
Chelsie Corso is a Cleveland based photographer and videographer, and is now focusing her time on producing documentaries and incorporating storytelling into businesses.
Stay tuned to find out who the Fixers are, as we continue shooting these films through this spring.
The Ida B. Wells Foundation
Saint Luke's Foundation
United Labor Agency
Social Justice Institute
Cleveland Public Library
North Union Farmers' Market
Bop Stop at the Music Settlement
Cleveland Nonviolence Network
Bill & Susie Kirchner
Christine Haldiman Brock
Davey Connor & Angelina Rugghia
Elizabeth Emery & Evan Wachs
Laura and Justin Gorski
Amy Hanauer & Mark Cassell
Mark & Judy Pestak
Lara Roketenetz & Josh Koppen
Corrie Slawson & Marc Lefkowitz
Vic & Karen Sopko
Stephanie & Barry Spence
Wake Robin Fermented Foods
and 10 lovely Anonymous Donors...