Need Help Producing Your Movie?


Every actor has heard the saying, there are no small parts, only small actors. Well I say “There are no Small Movies, only Small Budgets.”

The Cleveland Cinema Czar  is ready to help  Filmmakers get the most out of their budgets.

Hollywood spends money because it can, but most indie filmmakers should know there are a lot of cases where they don’t have to spend so much or can get in-kind support. Of course to be most effective, I am only taking on a few select clients and productions. If you want to get the most out of your budget, then contact me ASAP.

The Cleveland Cinema Czar Arrives

I have to admit, it has been a while since I really wanted to attach myself to the word CLEVELAND. It is not that I am ashamed of my city. It is just, being in show biz, others don’t understand how you can stay in Cleveland and even after many years, still see the potential of this place. I find, others are so eager to turn over the potential of the movie industry here to those from “Hollywood.”

I also found over the years, I have asked “Permission” and help from those who should support my goal in wanting sustainable productions in this city. After a wake up call, and meeting the right people who are connected, I finally decided to do what I have to do.

So no more talk about what others won’t or should do, and about how others are satisfied with the status quo here.

If anything the recent days has taught us, is that yes, it is going to be hard, but you can never count us out.

So finally, I’m proud to use and claim the title


Give more Power to the People

Decided the best way to add info to this page was to give People a Voice. There is Talent here and we need to embrace it.

So if you check out the menu, you can use the comment section to add info about your movie. Actors and Crew can also add their info as well.

Since I am also the Studio Chief of Prelude2Cinema, I am working on a production and a studio plan for consistent cinematic production in Northeast Ohio. I will announce more on that once things are set in stone. Still, I wanted to give a Voice to the people and see what is going on out there. We need more than just one voice who are willing to speak for us in NE Ohio.

In order words, it is time to Give More Power to the People.

Why Theater is Important to the Cinema Industry?


Northeast Ohio has a rich Theater history and a Theater industry. I am defining that by the fact that theaters have operating budgets, staff productions and are paid by audiences. In contrast, there is a rich filmmaking community here, but many do it for the love of the art and are unable to support themselves from their art. So while both create art, one is an industry and the other is a community.

In fact, I have been part of this filmmaking community. We spend our personal money from other jobs and resources, funding our art, when our art should fund us. Some of us wear the badge of “Starving Artist,” like it is something to be proud of.

Still, let’s connect with and learn from Theater. They have no problem with gaining sponsors and investors and creating art.  In fact, the history of Movies is connected to its connections with the stage and the reason why some of the first movie studios were in New York. A lot of stage actors were recruited for movies in the silent days. So there is a connection here with some filmmakers and actors to Theater.

I have long did theater in this town. In fact, some of my plays have been turned into movies. I did so with a play called “The Hot Rain,” which I staged at the Karamu House, the Cleveland Public Theater and later made “The Hot Rain” into a video movie. It was my first feature length movie.

So we will be listing info on Theater resources and inviting the Theater community to join our Crusade.

Just recently, I went to THE DARK ROOM a program at the Cleveland Public Theater which helps develop new works. The next monthly meeting is June 7th, 2016.

“The Dark Room is a place where writers take center stage and their work has a chance to grow. The Dark Room is an ongoing event held on the second Tuesday of each month. The Dark Room affords emerging and veteran playwrights the space and resources to develop new works. It offers a venue to workshop plays, novels, poems, or any other written work in a supportive, yet critical environment.”


Most Filmmakers will not have a connection with Theater, but I feel it is important to connect with the Theater community and thus help to erase the pride some filmmakers here have in being a Starving Artist.



More Action than Words

What an off title for a Blog, but in order to create The Cinema Industry, it will require more Action than Words. So we will begin with a link to the former site here and then expound upon things as the Cinema Czar does them.

At the Emmy awards, when I was on the Board for the National Academy for the Arts and Sciences. Pictured

L’il John Rinaldi, Dave Cockley, Alex Michaels (Cinema Czar) and Charles “Bud” Ford 2009 Emmy Awards