Cleveland: 'Captain America' team invades City Hall

6:02 PM, Apr 22, 2013   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- Cleveland City Council members gave a team from the movie "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" the red carpet treatment.

They heard about progress in the growing Cleveland moviemaking and heard about specific plans for the upcoming Captain America filming here.

They were told the Captain America shoot would be longer and possibly have a greater local economic impact than "The Avengers" filming here two years ago.

"The Avengers" went on to be a box office smash.

John Pisani, from Marvel Studios, told council members success begets success in this business.

He said Cleveland got the Captain America film filming largely because of the successful handling of the Avengers' crew visit.

There is some concern about how the movie's shooting could impact some neighborhoods.'

The movie will shoot from May 18 through June 14.

The entire West Shoreway will be closed between May 29 and June 14.

That will impact the Gordon Square Neighborhood, in Councilman Matt Zone's ward.

"We have to make sure we know we have a solid plan. And people know they can travel to the near West Side and it doesn't impact the quality of life," he said.

That will make it harder to get to Edgewater Park and five marinas.

Edgewater Marina has a regatta, several days of races and a fundraiser on the "shutdown days."

And Memorial Day weekend is the launch of the boating season for many boaters.

But many boaters, like Edgewater's Alan Gilbertson, called it a smaller inconvenience for a greater good.

"It's a great benefit to the city and will put a lot of people to work," he said.

The movie team said it will go door-to-door, day-to-day to let neighborhoods know when shooting will have an impact.

The Film Commission's Ivan Schwarz said moviemaking is pumping $80 million into the local economy between last July and this June.

A second movie -- "Draft Day" -- about the Browns is set to begin shooting soon as well

Both movies are still seeking locals to hire in a variety of jobs.

Go to www.ClevelandFilm.com to see opportunities.

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