Bill Guentzler, a Clevelander to his core, joined Gravitas Ventures as Senior Director of Acquisitions in 2021. He began his career in film at the Landmark Centrum Theater. After spending a summer studying in Berlin in 1998, he joined the Cleveland International Film Festival as an intern and grew with the organization, ultimately being named Artistic Director in 2005, a position he held for 15 years. During his time at CIFF, he was part of the team making the festival one of the largest and most well respected film festivals in the US and one of the first in the world to transition to an online format in 2020. In his brief hiatus from the film industry, he worked for Medworks, a Cleveland-based nonprofit organization linking people who are uninsured and underinsured with vital healthcare services. He holds a BA in Communications from Cleveland State University, which named him one if its inaugural 50 Fascinating Alumni. He couldn’t be more grateful to continue his work in bringing filmmakers’ stories to the public while living in the city he loves.