FreshWater Cleveland picks two CIFF films with local connections

American Delivery Screenshot 2024

The 48th Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF) gets underway at Playhouse Square next Wednesday, April 3 and runs through Saturday, April 13, followed by CIFF48 Streams online Sunday, April 14 through Sunday, April 21.  

The in-person Festival will showcase 137 feature films and 225 short films that represent 60 countries during its 11-day run, while CIFF48 Streams will present more than half of the Festival’s in-person feature films and almost the entire lineup of short films.

Tickets are on sale now for both the in-person and streaming films, so it’s time to narrow down your list.

The FreshWater Cleveland staff looked at all the spectacular films being show at CIFF48 and found two particular documentaries with a local flair that caught our attention: “What’s Next?” and “American Delivery.”

“What’s Next” follows 101-year-old Cleveland physician Howard Tucker and his grandson Austin Tucker and review the life and times of the neurologist, military veteran, and TikTok sensation.

In “American Delivery,”  The MetroHealth System is highlighted for their vital work addressing the country's maternal mortality epidemic and faculty with the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University served on the filmmakers' advisory team.

Read more about the upcoming Cleveland International Film Festival and the "American Delivery" film on FreshWater Cleveland.