Archive for March, 2015

CIFF Celebrates Record-Breaking Year

Monday, March 30th, 2015

BBC is a neighborhood outreach to the Cleveland International Film Festival.  We’re thankful for the opportunity and very happy to see the event grow year after year.

Our staff members have seen films this year and thoroughly enjoyed them.  If you haven’t attended yet, consider doing so next year.  You will not regret it!



The 39th Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF), presented by Dollar Bank, hosted record-breaking crowds during the 12-day event held in Tower City Cinemas in downtown Cleveland and at eleven other neighborhood locations. The CIFF welcomed 100,204 attendees to its 500+ screenings and, in partnership with Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, raised $138,427 in Challenge Match (annual campaign) donations.

The Festival showcased 196 feature films and 234 short subjects from 60 countries. FilmSlam (the CIFF’s high school and middle school mini-Festival) was attended by a record-breaking 8,800 engaged and enthusiastic students from 97 schools. More than 1,000 volunteers donated their time and talents to help pave the way for the success of the CIFF39, contributing over 11,000 hours of their invaluable time. And without the generous support of our 151 sponsors and funders, 178 non-profit community partners, and 80 media and neighborhood outreach partners, the CIFF39 would not have been possible.

The CIFF hosted approximately 300 filmmakers from around the world who shared their films and offered both local and global perspectives on a vast array of topics. The winners of the competitions and awards were announced at the Closing Night ceremony on Sunday, March 29, 2015.

Roxanne T. Mueller Audience Choice Award For Best Film
Sponsored by the Callahan Foundation
BECOMING BULLETPROOF, directed by Michael Barnett (USA)
$10,000 cash prize

George Gund III Memorial Central and Eastern European Competition
Presented with generous support from The George Gund Foundation
THE FOOL, Directed by Yury Byko (Russia)
$10,000 cash prize

Nesnadny + Schwartz Documentary Competition
Sponsored by Nesnadny + Schwartz
STRAY DOG, Directed by Debra Granik (USA, Mexico)
$7,500 cash prize

Greg Gund Memorial Standing Up Competition
Presented with generous support from The George Gund Foundation
LIMITED PARTNERSHIP, Directed by Thomas G. Miller (USA)
$5,000 cash prize
American Independents Competition
Presented with the generous support of Lauren Rich Fine and Gary Giller
THE YOUNG KIESLOWSKI, Directed by Kerem Sanga (USA)
$5,000 cash prize

Local Heroes Competition
Presented with the generous support of Mike and Nicki Cancelliere
FORCED PERSPECTIVE, Directed by Nick Cavalier (USA)
$5,000 cash prize

Global Health Competition
Sponsored by Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine
BECOMING BULLETPROOF, directed by Michael Barnett (USA)
$5,000 cash prize

Music Movies Competition
Presented with the generous support of Jules and Fran Belkin
TAKE ME TO THE RIVER, Directed by Martin Shore (USA)
$5,000 cash prize

ReelWomenDirect Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman
Presented with the generous support of Deborah Bachman Ratner
Alexandria Bombach and Mo Scarpelli (for FRAME BY FRAME; Afghanistan)
$10,000 cash prize

FilmSlam Student Choice Award for Best Feature Film
BECOMING BULLETPROOF, Directed by Michael Barnett (USA)
$1,000 Cash Prize

Audience Choice Award for Best Short Subject
TILL THEN, Directed by Benjamin Wolff (Germany, USA)
$1,000 Cash Prize

Best Animated Short Award*
Sponsored by Reminger Co., L.P.A
BEAR STORY, Directed by Pato Escala (Chile)
$1,000 cash prize

Best Live Action Short Award*
Sponsored by Anne Bloomberg and Alan Gordon Lipson & Judy Harris
TILL THEN, Directed by Benjamin Wolff (Germany, USA)
$1,000 cash prize

FilmSlam Student Choice Award for Best Short Film
SUPER PIMP, Directed by John Jivan, Dustin Lee, Terry Geer, Ledion Isufaj, and Eric Schilling (USA)
$1,000 Cash Prize

*These award winners will qualify for consideration in the Short Films category of the annual Academy Awards®.

For a full list of short subject film award winners, please visit

The Cleveland International Film Festival is supported in part by the residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.

Bridgeport Cafe still has a few FREE CIFF tix

Friday, March 20th, 2015

There are only a few pairs available, so come get yours soon!

Simply come to Bridgeport Cafe and spend $20, and you’ll receive two tickets to the Cleveland International Film Festival, which is now underway.  The tickets are a $30 value.

We’ll be sure to post when we are out of tickets.  However, if you stop in today, you should be able to get yours.

Tools for Change Workshop!

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

tools for change workshop

Would you take President Obama to dinner at Bridgeport Cafe?

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

Yesterday, Alonzo Mitchell from Ohio Homecoming posted to Facebook about how he was selected to take President Barack Obama to dinner while the president is in Cleveland this week.  Mitchell asked his friends what three people should join him and where they should take President Obama.

Some of our supporters suggested Mitchell take President Obama to Bridgeport Cafe. (We agree!)

This morning, posted an article about how Mitchell’s plan was an April Fool’s joke meant to stimulate discussion about young people are the people with whom local and national leadership should be meeting.

From the article:

Recommendations came pouring in. Among them: Bridgeport Cafe. Blue Point Grille. Zanzibar Soul Fusion.

While it’s unfortunate that the story was a farce, we are humbled that our supporters would recommend Bridgeport Cafe as a place to take the president to dinner.  Thank you to all of you who suggested the cafe!


CIFF39 is this week…Get FREE tickets

Monday, March 16th, 2015

The Cleveland International Film Festival is truly one of our favorite events and one of the best film festivals on earth.  We love seeing films from all over the world and experiencing and learning about other cultures.  We also enjoy supporting emerging independent filmmakers. The event takes place March 18-29, 2015.


This week, we have an opportunity for you to receive two FREE tickets to CIFF39. Simply spend $20 at Bridgeport Cafe, 7201 Kinsman Road, and you’ll get a pair of vouchers (a $30 value) to any film completely free!

Here are some ideas about to spend $20 at Bridgeport Cafe:

– Take a friend or coworker to lunch

– Buy lunch for yourself and purchase fresh fruits and vegetables

– Get a $20 gift card and use it to get coffee and breakfast a few mornings

* While supplies last. Purchase of $20 must be on one single receipt


Central Care Alliance Opening!

Sunday, March 15th, 2015

Care Alliance Opening

5/3 Bank hiring LMI MLO

Friday, March 13th, 2015

Our friends at Firth Third Bank are hiring a mortage loan officer (MLO) who specializes in working in low- to moderate-income areas.  See the posting below for more information.



GENERAL FUNCTION: Performs a wide range of duties relating to the origination of residential 1st mortgage loans for outside referrals. Meets standards and objectives defined by management for mortgage loan sales and cross-selling objectives. Assumes overall responsibility for the residential mortgage loan from application to closing.

* Experience working in and with LMI areas

Develop referral contacts (realtors, builders, professional and personal contacts).
* Maintain knowledge of Fifth Third Mortgage CompanyÆs policies and procedures.
* Maintain knowledge of available loan products, processing procedures, and underwriting and general departmental guidelines.
* Follow defined protocol for escalation exceptions.
* Take applicant applications by completing Fannie Mae form 1003 on the laptop.
* Utilize the laptop for communication and access of daily rates, applicant credit reports, Loan Prospector responses and transmitting the loan to LOMAS.
* Collect appropriate documentation from each applicant and deliver loan package in the time frames set by management.
* Manage pipeline for all originated loans through closing and complete required management reports.
* Communicate with branches and/or applicants of providing timely updates and progress reports.
* Maintain high levels of customer service while managing each applicantÆs and support staffÆs expectations.
* Attend and participate in all Consumer Lending meetings as required by management.


MINIMUM KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS REQUIRED: * High school diploma or equivalent mandatory. Four-year college degree preferred. * Knowledge of conventional and/or government lending guidelines. * Knowledge of residential mortgage processing, underwriting, and closing procedures. * Knowledge of federal lending regulations governing real estate lending. * Demonstrated organizational skills. * Strong written and verbal communications skills. * Demonstrated teamwork and customer service skills. * Proven computer skills. * Basic sales technique skills. * Strong desire to excel in a competitive environment. * This position requires S.A.F.E. Act registration at the time of employment through the Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System (NMLS). The NMLS web site ( provides the MU4R questions and registration required for employment in this position.

STEP Auditions for Youth!

Thursday, March 12th, 2015

step 1 step 2 STEP flier

BBC’s Spring Newsletter Now Online

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

The Community Connector, BBC’s quarterly newsletter, is now available for download online.

Please click here to read a variety of great stories written by BBC staff and partners.

Central Care Alliance Open House!

Monday, March 9th, 2015

Care Alliance pic open house