CIFF announces its DReam Catcher Program and Award recipient
Feb. 13, 2020: The Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF)
has named its second DReam Catcher Program and Award
recipient: pioneering LGBTQ filmmaker, Patrik-Ian Polk.
The DReam Catcher Program and Award celebrates LGBTQ artists
through the recognition of an LGBTQ filmmaker at each Festival.
It was established in 2019 to honor the life and memory of
David K. Ream (1949-2017), who was a beloved and
long-serving CIFF trustee.
Polk will spend his time in Cleveland meeting with organizations
in Northeast Ohio whose missions support the LGBTQ community. He
will also meet with LGBTQ and film school student groups. The
DReam Catcher Award will be presented to Polk as part of the
CIFF44 Closing Night Ceremony on Sunday April 5, 2020.
Polk is an award-winning writer-director-producer-composer known
for his films and TV series exploring the Black LGBTQ
experience. He’s often referred to as the “Father of Black Gay
Cinema,” having created the groundbreaking, first-of-its-kind,
gay black series Noah’s Arc in 2005 for MTV/Logo.
He most recently served as co-executive producer and writer of
STARZ’ summer 2020 drama series P-Valley and the 2019
series finale of BET’s Being Mary Jane, starring
Gabrielle Union and Michael Ealy, for which Polk has received
two NAACP Image Award 2020 nominations.
His feature film credits include: BLACKBIRD (2015), starring
Oscar®-winner Mo’Nique; THE SKINNY (2012), starring Jussie
Smollett; and the award-winning NOAH’S ARC: JUMPING THE BROOM
(2009). Polk’s feature directorial debut, PUNKS, premiered at
the 2000 Sundance Film Festival, won the Best Independent
Feature Film Award at the 24th Cleveland
International Film Festival in 2000, and will have a 20th
anniversary screening at this year’s CIFF as part of the DReam