Film phase: Production
Dispatches from Cleveland consists of five 10- to 15-minute documentary shorts that closely examine the early-21st century Rust Belt city of Cleveland, Ohio, one of the most racially divided cities in America. The series follows ordinary people—long shaken by police misconduct, social discrimination, and poverty —whose love for their home pushes them to work together to bring about real change. From housing and policing to queer leadership in the movement and elections, this series brings together interrelated issues during a particularly crucial local election season in Cleveland.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Catherine Gund is an Emmy-nominated producer, director, writer, and organizer. Her media work focuses on strategic and sustainable social transformation, arts and culture, HIV/AIDS and reproductive health, the environment, and other social justice issues. Her films – which include Born to Fly, What’s On Your Plate?, A Touch of Greatness, Motherland Afghanistan, Making Grace, On Hostile Ground, and Hallelujah! – have screened around the world in festivals, theaters, museums, and schools; on PBS’s Independent Lens, Discovery’s Planet Green, and the Sundance Channel. She is also currently co-directing and co-producing Aubin’s Amor Puro y Duro.