Documentary Features

21 and Done

Description

21 is a celebrated age for many young Americans, but if you're aging out of the Foster Care system, the countdown can feel more like a ticking time bomb. What should be an age for celebrating adulthood becomes a time of anxiety, desperation and danger for these young adults. Meet current and former Foster children facing these challenges and the organizations outside the system that are working to support them.

Cast & Credits

Director - Kiara C Jones
Producer - Jocelyn Scott
Executive Producer - Sandra Evers-Manley
Director of Photography - Kristina Nikolova Dalio
Editor - Gentrix Shanga
Composer - Greg Polzak 

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Don't Be Nice

Description

The upstart Bowery Slam Poetry Team, made up of five young African-American, Afro-Hispanic and queer poets, prepares for the national championships. Mentored by a demanding coach who pushes them past their personal boundaries to write from a painfully honest place, the poets break down, break through, and compose their best work ever. Will their soul-searching pieces about police violence and the whitewashing of Black culture be able to compete against choreographed crowd-pleasers for the title?

Cast & Credits

Principal Cast
Lauren Whitehead
Ashley August
Timothy DuWhite
Noel Quinones
Sean "Mega" DesVignes
Joel Francois
Jon Sands

Director: Max Powers
Producers
: Nikhil Melnechuk, Cora Atkinson
Cinematographer: Peter Eliot Buntaine

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Mr. SOUL!

Description

From 1968 to 1973, the public-television variety show SOUL!, guided by the enigmatic producer and host Ellis Haizlip, offered an unfiltered, uncompromising celebration of black literature, poetry, music, and politics—voices that had few other options for national exposure, and, as a result, found the program an improbable place to call home. With participants’ recollections and a bevy of great archival clips, Mr. SOUL! captures a critical moment in culture whose impact continues to resonate.

Cast & Credits

Principal Cast
BLAIR UNDERWOOD (Voice of Ellis Haizlip)
HARRY BELAFONTE (Himself)
QUESTLOVE (Himself)
SONIA SANCHEZ (Herself)
NIKKI GIOVANNI (Herself)

Director: MELISSA HAIZLIP
Co-Director:SAM POLLARD
Writer:MELISSA HAIZLIP
Producer: MELISSA HAIZLIP
Executive Producer: BLAIR UNDERWOOD
Executive Producer: CHAZ EBERT
Co-Producer: DOUG BLUSH
Associate Producer: LEONARD JOSEPH
Cinematographer: HANS CHARLES

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Pa'lante

Description

Pa’lante (Forward), tells the brave personal stories of local Puerto Ricans five months after they were impacted by Hurricanes Irma/Maria and showcases an Apprentice Program led by volunteers that is teaching locals carpentry.

Cast & Credits

Principal Cast
Bill Keegan
David Angelo
George and Daniel Torres
Rosie Perez
Ramón Rodríguez
Raymond Ortíz
William Bones
Wanda Soto
Cecilia Rivera
Alejandra Castrodad Rodríguez
Gabriela Fernández
Miguel Morales
Luis M. Benítez
Jose Gabriel González
Joseph González
James Noonan
John Delgado
Jose L. Pérez (Chegui) 
Neftali Pérez
Javier De Jesús

Director: Ramón Rodríguez
Producer: Ramón Rodríguez, Karina Silva
Executive Producer: David Angelo, Rosie Perez
Director of Photography: Karina Silva
Editor: Jesús Silva
Sound Mixer: Joseph Watson
Sound Design: Chris Fox
DI Colorist: Donald Freeman
Music: Luis Sanz

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She Did That

Description

An extension of Renae Bluitt's In Her Shoes blog, "She Did That." offers an intimate peek inside the lives of four Black women who continuously raise the glass ceiling for future generations. 'She Did That.' features vulnerable conversations with four change agents - Luvvie Ajayi (NYT best-selling author), Lisa Price (founder, Carol’s Daughter), Melissa Butler (founder, The Lip Bar) and Tonya Rapley (founder, My Fab Finance.) Their powerful testimonies as to how grit and perseverance set the stage for success reminds audiences that Black women are indeed bosses in business, embarking on their own ventures at six times the national average.

Cast & Credits

Principal Cast
Renae Bluitt
Luvvie Ajayi
Lisa Price
Tonya Rapley
Melissa Butler

Creator/Executive Producer/Segment Director: Renae Bluitt
Supervising Producer: Ayana Barber
Supervising Story Producer: Trizonna McClendon
Story Producer: Brittany Stalworth
Editor: Darnell Stalworth

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The Pushouts

Description

I was in prison before I was even born. so begins the story of Dr. Victor Rios who, by 15, was a high school dropout and gang member with multiple felony convictions and a death wish. But when a teacher's quiet persistence, a mentor's moral conviction, and his best friend's murder converge, Rios's path takes an unexpected turn. Through Rios's personal lens and its interplay with the stories of the young people of YO!Watts, The Pushouts interrogates crucial questions of race, class, & power - and the promise and perils of education - at a particularly urgent time.

Cast & Credits

PRINCIPAL CAST
VICTOR RIOS, PH.D
MARTIN FLOREZ
FLORA RUSS
LOVE JEFFERSON
DULCE
WILLIAM
RYNESHA
IDENIS
 
DIRECTOR / PRODUCER / WRITER - KATIE GALLOWAY
CO-DIRECTOR/ PRODUCER - DAWN VALADEZ
PRODUCER / CO-WRITER - DANIELLA BROWER SUEUGA
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER - SHARON TILLER
EDITOR - STEPHANIE MECHURA
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY - MARIO FURLONI

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