As my first piece for The Game Changers Project I am tackling the issue of immigration raids on Latino families in the United States. I think this issue is not really focused on in mainstream media, and it is Latino filmmakers’ responsibility to address these topics and how it affects the Latino family unit. I come from a family that was unconstitutionally deported in the 1920’s, despite my
In my first discussion with the GCP Producers at the beginning of this fellowship we spoke about using one of my films to explore the connections between Africans living in America and African-Americans. As the daughter of a Gambian immigrant this topic hit very close to home. After talking a little about my dad’s experience in the States, we all agreed that looking at his life here could
National Film Fellowship Spotlighting Males of Color Expands, Launches Narratives Oakland, CA – – Yesterday the Game Changers Project (GCP), an Oakland-based national media fellowship for emerging filmmakers of color, made four significant program announcements for this, their fourth year: a new partnership supported by The California Endowment and their Sons and Brothers
Working on the “Unaccompanied Youth” film was and eye opening experience. First of all, I got to meet and interact with the actor Edwin Lee Gibson. He is a remarkable person who gives so much of his time. His ability to connect and interact with youth is really inspiring. He is a lesson in how opening up to kids about your issues helps them to understand their own predicament.
By Vincent Cortez When I stepped into the Marsh Theater in Berkeley Ca. to meet Jinho “the Piper” Ferreira I wasn’t sure what to expect. I’d seen a brief excerpt from his one man show, “Cops and Robbers”, which immediately impressed me – but for this particular story I wouldn’t just be asking questions about his play, but asking questions about
In capturing Dominic Ware’s story, a story of resilience and solidarity, I was given the opportunity to connect with a young man that has both potential and ambition to spark change. Working with him, meeting his family, and seeing him really connect with his own past and where he wants to go in front of my lens was a honor and a blessing. All of the subjects I interviewed really
Filming the Omega Carter G. Woodson was such a pleasure and a learning experience more than anything. I was amazed by the program and its leaders. While filming I wanted to convey the level of commitment of these men to not only the kids but the material. After several interviews it was my opinion that the program was driven more by the need for teaching the this material more so than having
We beat our drums and dance to them. Your beat is methodical; My rhythm is fluid; We connect to our cores. Our dances, though different, are proof that our drums lead us to the same place. I am interested in telling ethnically specific stories with universally resonating themes. Whether my subject is Muslim women, an African American lesbian or black men, I am working from the premise that we
The Black Film Critics Circle named Ava DuVernay’s critically acclaimed mass incarceration documentary 13th Best Documentary. 13th traces the history from the US constitution’s 13th amendment, which abolished slavery and involuntary servitude, to 2016, where one-in-three black American males can exp...
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Big Congrats go out to Game Changers Alum Carl Seaton, who has just been nominated for NAACP Image Award: Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture (Television) for “Bad Dad Rehab” – (TV One). ##ChangetheGame ... See MoreSee Less
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Ava Duvernay speaks on her success with Queen Sugar and changing the game. ... See MoreSee Less