Coffee with the Cinema Czar 3-31-2017

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Launching the Prelude2Cinema Podcast

p2c-podcast-CzarYes, Prelude2Cinema does do a lot of things, but we are committed to giving a voice to artists (especially filmmakers in Northeast, Ohio). As Cleveland Cinema Czar, I will be hosting a podcast starting this month. We will briefly mention our productions, but the focus will be on others who create Cinema and Art in our City. So, right now, looking to talk to any type of artists creating movies who work in front of or behind the scenes here. Contact me, ASAP at


We will never have a Film Industry Here.


For many years, we have been trying to fit ourselves into the mold of Hollywood’s movie industry. The time for that is over. Yes, we can still be a location to Hollywood movies, but we will not have a “Film Industry” here. And so what?

Robert Rodriguez has a great quote.

“There’s so much that we can learn from Rodriguez here. First and foremost is attitude. One of things that Rodriguez hammers home is that if you want to make a film, there’s not much standing in your way other than yourself. Stop wanting to be a filmmaker and start calling yourself one.”

So Cleveland, while there are those who will keep saying they want to establish a Film Industry here, I say, I have created the Cinema Industry here. It is here already. We have talent in front of the camera and behind the camera. We have egos. We have drama. We have scandals. We have some filmmakers who make money and others who spend too much money and make none back or go in debt. We have movies being made all the time here. We have an Industry here already. If some people refuse to acknowledge it because it is not the “Hollywood Movie Industry” and only see our value only as a production location, that is fine.

To all I say, welcome to the Cinema Industry.

Like the Movie Industry, the Cinema Industry is more than just one person or one production. So  I say, keep making cinema here and as Cleveland Cinema Czar, if anyone needs assistance, feel free to contact me.

“Remember, there are no Small Movies. Only Small Budgets.”