The Greater Cleveland Film Commission (GCFC) is excited to announce that Tom Hanks will be the guest of honor at their "Behind The Camera" event Dec. 2 at 8 p.m .at the InterContinental Cleveland Hotel and Conference Center, 9801 Carnegie Ave. in Cleveland.

The Academy Award °-winning actor, writer, producer, director and American icon will sit down with WKYC Channel 3 anchor Russ Mitchell in an intimate setting for a conversation about his career, his Cleveland roots and the impact that a full-time media industry can have on a region like Northeast Ohio.

"Behind The Camera" is the Greater Cleveland Film Commission's signature fundraising event, bringing the best of Hollywood to Cleveland for unique insights into their career and the industry. In the past, GCFC hosted the cast of HBO's "Band of Brothers" (produced under Hanks' Playtone Productions) as they paid tribute to the brave men of Easy Company. Last year, Joe and Anthony Russo came home to reflect on their Cleveland beginnings while in post-production on "Captain America: Civil War," which still leads this year's worldwide box office.

"I am honored that Tom agreed to do this for our organization and for Northeast Ohio," said GCFC President Ivan Schwarz. "Working with him on 'From the Earth to the Moon,' and then again on 'Band of Brothers,' are definitely highlights of my career in this industry and I am thankful to be able to call him a colleague and a friend."

In addition to the gala event on Friday night, Mr. Hanks will be taking time Friday morning to talk to local high school and college students who are interested in pursuing careers in media and theater. This event will be hosted by GCFC at Cuyahoga Community College's Metro Campus.

For details, visit GCFC's fundraising website at and use the event code "BTC2016."