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
Every summer my little cousin from Arizona, now 10 years old, stays with family in Oakland, California. He spends 99.9% of his time in front of the computer. Okay, that is an exaggeration. He spends 1% of that time at the movies. This summer I put him on a daily 3-hour computer time limit. My cousin explained that was not possible because he was coding or something. Pretending to understand
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