Cleveland’s progressive design firm, Go Media, is pleased to announce the first annual Weapons of Mass Creation Festival. On May 22 and 23 this two-day art, film, and music event will highlight work from both local and national talent, a celebration of creative visionaries who defy the hand they’re dealt. Much akin to Austin’s popular South By Southwest, this festival will host film screenings, musical performances, art and design showings, and various panel discussions at the Go Media Headquarters, a three-story warehouse located in Ohio City.
Co-owner of Go Media, Jeff Finley, dreamt WMC Fest into existence after a sleepless night wondering why none of the popular festivals seemed to be held in his hometown. Tired of Cleveland’s reputation as a miserable city, he put his head together with like- minded community members and decided to form an event that would not only gather the artistic community of Northeast Ohio, but the nation. By dipping into his vast network created over the years as an acclaimed designer, Jeff managed to collect an inspiring and diverse group to display their work in May.
Five filmmakers are set to screen their projects as well as participate in question and answer sessions. Among them are Lena Dunham of Tribeca, New York, the fresh-faced writer and director behind ‘Tiny Furniture’, a film that was honored by the Jury Award for Narrative Feature after its premiere at the South By Southwest Festival earlier this month. Of the nine independent folk and punk bands set to take the newly constructed stage, four are native to Northeast Ohio. David Dondero, an Omaha folk singer who is listed as an influence for national acts such as Conor Oberst, will not only perform but record a live music video being filmed during festival hours on Sunday. Strategist, Designer, and Entrepreneur Dave Gensler, well known for his founding of the creative network, the KDU, will deliver the keynote address.
Like most independently run events, Weapons of Mass Creation Fest needs the help of the Cleveland community in order to guarantee its success. Fest organizers are looking for volunteers to help out and local businesses willing to sponsor. Finley is running a fundraiser on the popular crowd sourcing site, Kickstarter, trading giveaways and benefits for funding. None of the funds raised so far will be taken unless the $2,500 goal is reached by April 15. Other fundraising efforts include a limited edition poster currently on sale at Imagekind.com, as well as a mixer being held at a to be determined local establishment in upcoming weeks.
Tickets for Weapons of Mass Creation Fest can be purchased online, single-day passes are available individually for $15 or a full weekend pass can be purchased for $25.
Check out the site: WMCFest.com