By Julie E. Washington
Cleveland Plain Dealer


The subscription DVD service Ironweed Films will release Cleveland Heights filmmaker Laura Paglin's short documentary "No Umbrella - Election Day in the City" in April. It will be packaged with a feature film and other short films by other directors, said Ironweed outreach and marketing manager Natalie Silverstein.

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"No Umbrella - Election Day in the City" was screened in this year's Cleveland International Film Festival. It was also shown at the Sundance Film Festival. It examines Election Day 2004 in an inner-city Cleveland neighborhood through the eyes of Cleveland City Council member Fannie Lewis as she tries to help voters deal with equipment breakdowns and an unresponsive bureaucracy.