Ingenuity Documentary Featured on CNBC

A documentary that was previously featured at the Ingenuity Festival was aired recently on CNBC.  If you missed it, you can download it from iTunes, here: Link

You can read the full press release here: Link

Welcome to Macintosh Documentary Gets CNBC Exclusive
… Film Festival, the 1st Ann. Naperville Independent Film Fest, the Texandance International Film Festival as well as the Cleveland Ingenuity Festival.

Cleveland Food Featured on Marketplace

NPR listeners may have caught the story on Marketplace last week about the Cleveland food scene. A kind of ‘better than you’d think’ tone to the whole thing. Then again, it is better than you think. Hat’s off to all the innovative work going on in the culinary food scene around town. It’s another good thing happening  in Cleveland. From the report:

Kai Ryssdal: Here’s one of those recession-related conundrums that makes covering the economy so interesting: At the same time that many Americans are eating in more — or if they do go out it’s straight to the McDonald’s dollar menu — there are an amazing number of high-end restaurants opening and succeeding. A lot of them in places that have been clobbered by a falling economy. Places like Cleveland, Ohio. Dan Bobkoff of WCPN has more.

You can read the whole transcript or listen to the report here: Marketplace

2010 Call to Artists Up!

Our 2010 Call to Artists page is up and running.  View it here: Link

Pass it around to anyone creative you know and let’s get some great ideas going for Ingenuity 2010!

Aimee Mullins and her 12 pairs of legs

This is a very cool talk that highlights what can happen when science, medicine and art come together.  Mullins turns the idea of disability on its head and has redefined her missing legs around the needs of her life rather than the other way around.


Athlete, actor and activist Aimee Mullins talks about her prosthetic legs — she’s got a dozen amazing pairs — and the superpowers they grant her: speed, beauty, an extra 6 inches of height … Quite simply, she redefines what the body can be.

A record-breaker at the Paralympic Games in 1996, Aimee Mullins has built a career as a model, actor and activist for women, sports and the next generation of prosthetics.

Cool History on Veteran's Memorial Bridge

Over at The Cool HIstory of Cleveland, Tech Czar’s written terrific mini-history of the Veteran’s Memorial Bridge — the site of next year’s festival.  The post quotes extensively from a book devoted to the history of the bridge titled appropriately: The History of Veterans Memorial Bridge (90th Anniversary Edition) by William E. Beyer.

It’s really interesting to look at the post-card images and see what’s changed and what hasn’t.  If you made it to the 2009 Bridge Project, look at where the trains once emerged from the lower-level of the bridge and became part of the street-scape.  One interesting thing for me was how entangled the landscape looked even back then.  The bridge actually extends over another bridge underneath it.

Looking at the bridge from both the outside and the inside, many people mistakenly think the bridge was built as part of a WPA project in the 1930’s or that it was part of the Robert Moses driven boom in bridges and tunnels.  But it was built in 1917 which predates all of that by more than a decade.

From the post:

The Veterans Memorial Bridge, or the Detroit-Superior Bridge, opened for traffic on Thanksgiving Day in 1917. It was the City’s first “high-level bridge” over the Cuyahoga River. It was designed and built to relieve the significant traffic congestion on the Superior Viaduct. The bridge, in fact, carries two decks. The top deck for car traffic and the bottom deck was built for streetcar traffic. Unfortunately, the second deck has been closed. But at one time it carried some really stunning streetcars underground – only to “pop” back-up on Superior Avenue or Detroit Avenue.

See many more photos and read more here:  The Cool History of Cleveland