The married Bells spent four years making the film. Grammy-winner Jarreau cuts to its central theme: Contemporary music has lost its way. Before he died last year, Levert mused about how the city could be a springboard to the big time. Instead, it doesnt even bother to promote its musicians. He thought Cleveland was hard on its own artists, says Bell.
But the movie isnt a complete downer. Performance footage featuring area rappers, blues groups, and jazz combos shows how vital the scene can be. Whats interesting is that Cleveland has always had great talent, says Bell. There is resolve in the end.
Thu., Sept. 20, 7 p.m.