Stories from a greater Cleveland


"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

Produced to be aired during the 2016 National Republican Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, 'THE FIXERS' is a 6-film series following Clevelanders on the tours they would take RNC delegates on if they had the chance. What are the issues facing average Clevelanders that would not be discussed by the Republican party? Tackling tough issues of education, neighborhood violence, police violence, racism and public transportation, this participatory documentary project was screened throughout Cleveland and the nation. As a native Clevelander, I was invited by artist and producer Kate Sopko to direct this short film about Marvetta Rutherford, a lifelong-timer public transit rider as she talks to fellow riders in the Fairfax/Kinsman area of Cleveland about heir experience using local transit, and the impact of both investment and divestment on what services are available to them.

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