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"The Fixers films... are gorgeous and poignant, and through their narratives indirectly condemn the city’s top-down, slavish devotion to accommodating the convention and its attendees. Clevelanders shown in The Fixers have been left to plug the holes where government won’t, which seems especially cruel given the favors granted to the RNC." - Alex Baca, Slate Magazine

"Again and again, The Fixers project shows the importance of the involvement of the community, both in the films themselves and at city-wide events that have been taking place for the past month. During the associated panels and community discussions, stories have emerged about how some neighborhoods have developed solutions to the particular issues they face, inspiring conversation about how such ideas might be applied in other areas... Stories like these have been as central to the project as the films themselves; Sopko says the relationships that have been built through this ongoing dialogue are the real goal of the work." - Julia Christensen, Hyperallergic

"With agenda-filled, pro-Cleveland propaganda surfacing for months, local artists, filmmakers, community advocates and activists known collectively as the Fixers are working together to offer an alternative to the official, limited narrative. Quite simply, the Fixers is the most important art project in Cleveland this year, and perhaps, the most important ever." - Josh Usmani, Scene Magazine


Selected Media, July 29, 2016. “Cleveland's 'The Fixers' Film Series Earned National Attention During RNC, Leaves Lasting Impact”

Slate Magazine, July 21, 2016. “Why The RNC Won’t Do a Thing for Cleveland.”

All Things Considered, July 17, 2016. “Young Activist Draws Attention to Violence in Cleveland”

All Things Considered, July 17, 2016. “In 'The Fixers,' A Glimpse of Cleveland That Goes Deeper Than the Guidebook.”

Colombia Journalism Review, July 21, 2016. “What’s the Story in Cleveland? Don’t Ask National Media Covering the RNC.”

Hyperallergic, July 19, 2016. “During the RNC, Two Art Projects Amplify the Voices of Ohio’s Citizens.”

NBC News, July 18, 2016. “Cleveland Film Series Reveals a Side of the City Delegates Probably Won't See.”

The Guardian, July 16, 2016. “The Cleveland Artists Waiting for Donald Trump.”

Sound of Ideas. WCPN Ideastream. June 29, 2016.

PBS Newshour, July 23, 2016. “Watch the ‘American Dream’ Melt, and Other Artistic Moments at RNC, DNC.”

Gothamist, July 19, 2016. “The Cleveland That Republicans Won't See, Unpacked in Six Short Films.”

Sound of Applause. WCPN Ideastream. July 18, 2016.

CAN Journal, Summer 2016. “Not Dead Yet: Kate Sopko’s ‘The Fixers.’”

Cleveland Scene, March 23, 2016. “Local Artists Work to Reroute Cleveland Narrative Ahead of RNC.”



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