Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 20, 2021
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DReam Catcher is the Cleveland International Film Festival’s new program and award, established to honor the life and memory of David K. Ream (1949–2017), a beloved CIFF trustee. An indexer by profession, a master of puns by choice, and a true Renaissance man at heart, Dave loved Cleveland and everything about it.

David K. Ream
Patrik-Ian Polk

The CIFF is thrilled to recognize pioneering LGBTQ filmmaker, Patrik-Ian Polk, as its second DReam Catcher program participant and award recipient.

Patrik-Ian 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 Patrik 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). Patrik’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 Catcher program.

Patrik 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 Patrik as part of the CIFF44 Closing Night Ceremony on Sunday April 5, 2020.


Directed By Patrik-Ian Polk
Running Time: 104 Minutes

If only Tupac and Notorious B.I.G. were alive to witness the opening of PUNKS, as a posse of WeHo (West Hollywood) drama-queens rate the homoerotic appeal of prominent rappers and R&B singers, in the first romantic comedy feature film to... {more}

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