Accelerate 2015 & 2016’s Alex P. Michaels pitched at JumpStart, Inc.

Alex P. Michaels has a dream to create a local movie industry in Cleveland. He pitched projects to help bring that vision to reality at the inaugural Accelerate event in 2015 and again in 2016. He continues his quest and pitched his idea at JumpStart, Inc.’s Open Mic Pitch Night and his company Prelude2Cinema will become part…

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Imagination for our Imagined Nation

Daniel Gray-Kontar pitched his idea at Accelerate 2017 to send five young Cleveland artists to the Brave New Voices Festival and Competition in San Francisco in Summer 2017 through his Twelve Literary and Performative Arts incubator. In addition to the $2,000 Daniel won at Accelerate, Twelve Literary and Performative Arts incubator received a $20,000 capacity-building grant from The Cleveland…

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Ignite: A Celebration of the Burning River

Jim Ridge pitched his idea for an arts and music festival along the Cuyahoga River so people can experience, appreciate and enjoy how far it has come since the 1969 fire. Jim’s pitch for Ignite, an arts and music festival to celebrate Cleveland’s waterfront recovery, manifested in a “stripped down version” as the Burning River…

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The Midnight Society

Adam Kern pitched his idea (co-created by Beth McGee) for an immersive, site-specific theatrical event using storytelling through dance and music, based on the Cleveland torso murders at Accelerate 2016. Kern is currently directing “Shadow of the Run,” an immersive theater production set to open the 2017-18 season. Guests will find and explore secret rooms…

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I Am Hollywood

Alex P. Michaels and Sofia Plass want to unlocking imagination and creativity among youth and pitched their idea to have them create stories and make movies with their phones at Accelerate 2016. Alex has established himself as the “Cleveland Cinema Czar” and is working with investors and sponsors on building a cinema industry based on…

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