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Think of Calvin

On a Friday night after a long week at work, Calvin joined his family in Washington, DC for an informal gathering. Still wearing scrubs from his job at Children’s National Medical Center, he caught up with an old friend while his two boys rode bikes around the block. When police followed his fifteen year-old home, pulling on gloves as they approached him, Calvin intervened to ask “Why? What did he do?” How these questions escalated into a night in jail for him will make you “Think of Calvin” next time you question racial profiling or how America has become the world’s most prolific jailer. (TRT: 20 min.)

WINNER- Best Short Documentary, Napa Valley Film Festival 
WINNER- Best Documentary, Uptown Short Film Festival
Official Selection- Vail Film Festival

Official Selection- Oakland International Film Festival

Official Selection- Indianapolis Black Expo Film Festival

Official Selection- Dingle International Film Festival
Official Selection- Williamsburg Film Festival

Featured at The Atlantic's Race & Justice Summit

Code Oakland

This film examines Oakland's evolution through the eyes of social entrepreneurs determined that youth of color not be left on the sidelines as Silicon Valley spreads into their city. Kalimah Priforce, whose first activism was a hunger strike at age eight, and Kimberly Bryant, a successful engineer turned founder of Black Girls Code, are preparing youth to redesign the future through the power of coding. Joined on the national stage by #YesWeCode founder Van Jones, their work represents a movement to change both the face and future of technology in America. But is Silicon Valley ready to be hacked? (TRT: 21 min.)

WINNER - Best Short Documentary, Harlem International Film Festival
WINNER - Best Documentary, Humboldt Film Festival
WINNER - Best Film, Fulbright Association Film Festival
WINNER - Award of Merit, Los Angeles Independent Film Festival
WINNER - Aloha Award, Honolulu Film Festival
WINNER - Audience Award, (In)Justice for All Film Festival
WINNER - Social Impact Award, (In)Justice for All Film Festival
WINNER - Bronze, Social & Economic Issues, Houston World Fest
WINNER - Honorable Mention, Napa Valley Film Festival

WINNER - Rising Star Award for Director Kelly Amis, Canada Film Festival

Official Selection - St. Louis International Film Festival 
Official Selection - Sacramento Film Festival 
Official Selection - San Francisco Black Film Festival

Official Selection - Milan International Film Fest

Official Selection - Heartland International Film Fest

Official Selection - Breckenridge Film Festival

Official Selection - Joshua Tree Film Festival

Official Selection - Boise Film Festival

Official Selection - Manchester International Film Festival

Official Selection - Little Rock Film Festival

Official Selection - Julien Dubuque International Film Festival

Official Selection - Madrid International Film Festival


TEACHED Vol. I consists of the first three TEACHED short films: 

-The Path to Prison
-Unchartered Territory
-The Blame Game


WINNER - Best Short Documentary,  Williamsburg Film Festival

Official Selection - SXSWedu

Official Selection - Colorado Film Festival
Official Selection - Napa Valley Film Festival

Official Selection - Harlem International Film Festival
Official Selection - SouthSide Film Festival
Official Selection - deadCenter Film Festival
Official Selection - Sonoma International Film Festival

Official Selection - Miami Short Film Festival

Official Selection - London Lift-Off Film Festival
Official Selection - Taos Shorts Film Festival
Official Selection - New Hampshire Film Festival
Official Selection - Big Easy International Film Festival

Official Selection - Albany Film Festival

Official Selection - Los Angeles Independent Film Festival

The Path to Prison

The United States now bears the ominous title as the planet’s most prolific jailer: with only 5% of the population, we represent 25% of the world’s incarcerated. The vast majority of our inmates are illiterate, and an inordinate number are people of color. One young man’s story helps explain how so many capable and intelligent youth, especially African-American males, end up behind bars in "the land of the free." (TRT: 8 min.)

The Blame Game

The discourse around education reform—especially on issues involving teachers—lacks nuance, thoughtfulness and, often, commonsense. Simplistic “pro-“ and “anti-“ teacher rhetoric is distracting from efforts to improve teacher quality, especially in schools serving urban, minority children. What do teachers themselves say about the profession and whether it is serving students’ needs...not to mention their own? (TRT: 18 min.) 

Unchartered Territory

Charter school founders are pioneers of public education reform, staking their claim in the K-12 education landscape by founding new schools in many historically underserved communities. But twenty years after the first charter school opened its doors, many Americans are still confused by what these independently-operated, publicly-funded schools are, and question why they are not all performing well. Was the charter formula wrong? What can the best charter school leaders teach the rest? (TRT: 16 min.)

The Heart of the Matter

Childhood obesity has become a national epidemic, with more than 12 million children - or one in six - now considered obese. The Heart of the Matter shows how one determined individual helped bring good health to an entire school, with students and teachers alike getting inspired and learning health lessons that will last a lifetime.  Watch this short film for free now thanks to HealthCorps.

Waiting Patient

Five billion people worldwide do not have access to basic surgical care. Today, more people die from a need for surgery than from all infectious diseases combined. A hospital in rural Haiti is showing that access to quality surgical care can be provided in even the most remote corners of the planet. Read more about this film on the GoPro website.

WINNER - Best Editing Short Documentary, Amsterdam Film Festival

Official Selection - Global Health Film Festival
Official Selection - Harlem International Film Festival

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