The Indie Gathering features three days of film screenings, panel discussions, workshops and networking parties, featuring both local would-be Spielbergs and out-of-town visitors, who have made cinema their hobby, obsession and occupation.
The Indie Gathering is coordinated by Johnny Wu, a hardworking Cleveland filmmaker, and Ray Szuch, the leader of a west-side martial-arts school who got into corralling his well-trained students and athletes as stuntmen/extras for local productions. Now Ray is a go-to guy and all-around enabler for scores of regional and visiting filmmakers. The Indie Gathering showcases them, whether it be student work or the weekend horror-slasher efforts put together by guys working in a grocery-chain warehouse in Strongsville.
Networking parties allow spectators to join the filmmaking culture, as potential crew, possible actor or even writer, director or producer.
Admission for each day at the Indie Gathering is $15 Friday and $20 either Saturday or Sunday. One can purchase a weekend pass for $45, a Saturday-Sunday blanket admission for $30. Attending individual film screenings is $7. For more information, a full film schedule, and a list of guests and production companies involved, go online to www.theindiegathering.com.