Sierra Club Partners with Film Festival on “The Smell of Money”

smell of moneyNEO Sierra Club is again partnering with the Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF) to promote an environmentally themed film to be shown at the upcoming festival. This year NEO is partnering on The Smell of Money, a documentary about industrial scale hog farms that have created serious pollution problems in rural North Carolina. The film depicts rural citizens, mostly African-Americans, as they ban together to fight back against agro-industry corporations. The film has relevance to Ohio as similar hog farms are a primary source of the nutrients that cause toxic algal blooms in Lake Erie.

The film will be shown on Sunday, March 26 at 9:25 AM in the State Theater at Playhouse Square in downtown Cleveland. It will also be streamed online between 11 AM April 2 and 11:59 PM April 9. Tickets for either in-person or streamed screenings may be purchased online by going to They also may be purchased by visiting the CIFF box office in the lobby of the State Theater or by calling the box office at 877-304-3456. Sales to CIFF members begin on March 6, and sales to the general public begin March 10. Ticket prices for in-person screenings at Playhouse Square are $18 for non-members and $16 for CIFF members. Prices for online streams are $14 for non-members and $12 for members. By using the codeword, “SIERRA,” you can receive a $1.00 discount on each ticket purchased.

Please plan to see this important film and check out the CIFF website ( for more information about the festival and a schedule for all of the films. Remember, if you are not a resident of the Cleveland area, you may still see the films through the streaming option. We may have an opportunity to interact with the director and/or others involved with the production of The Smell of Money; check the NEO Sierra website for future announcements about that.

If you have questions about NEO Sierra Club’s partnership with CIFF, contact Michael Melampy at 440-263-6483 or