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Profiling Race in America 

Click here to watch the first episode of Profiling Race on YouTube. 

The diversity of America is a beautiful thing, yet chronic racial division has haunted our nation’s narrative. The scars of racism in this country go far deeper than the skin -- they are embedded in our history, and discrimination continues to afflict our society. We’ve all heard the term “racial profiling,” and the pernicious injustice attached to this term surfaces time and time again. As filmmakers, we’re turning the tables on racial injustice by profiling people and their experiences with race and racism. In short, we are profiling race. 

We’re not merely facilitating a conversation; we desire a more intimate lens, a psychologically rich picture of the issue--something that explores the histories, anecdotes, and thoughts of people who have significant insights about race. Stories are important, and we realized that we can’t wholistically appreciate someone’s struggles if we don’t listen to his or her story.

A New Web Series on Race in America 

Over the past few years, our hometown of St. Louis has become a focal point on the issue of race in America. We recently completed episode one of a new series contributing to this conversation that we are calling Profiling Race. Our production company, Grain, carried the financial load in order to make this first episode a possibility. But we need your help to make episodes two and three a reality. We present our first installment with pastor Mike Higgins. Listen as Mike shares his journey with race while he served this country in the US Army for three decades and now as he leads as a minister and dean in a predominantly white church and seminary. Please click this link to watch episode one on YouTube.

Our vision for the Series

Our vision for Profiling Race is to present a variety of perspectives while giving a platform to individuals who are working towards a better society and exposing the challenges we face. 

We plan to make at least two more episodes for this series, shining a light on the problem of racism still so prevalent in America today. To recognize the great diversity of America, we need to give voice to an array of ethnicities and backgrounds. Each episode will focus on a specific person and will delineate the subject’s thoughts on how to cultivate change. Differences deserve dialogue. We hope that this project is at least a small step in the process of helping people talk about their differences, and learn not to have our relationships be defined by them.

Visit our web site at www.profilingrace.com

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Risks and challenges

Our goal is always to tell human stories in a beautiful, compelling and honest way. But in the endeavors to produce these stories there are risks and challenges. We don't have the next subjects chosen for the future episodes. Finding the people who are comfortable in front of a camera and willing to talk about a sensitive subject matter can be challenging. Grain, our production company, will also need to carry some of the financial burden of this project since this campaign's minimum amount does not cover all of the costs.

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    In thanks for your $50 pledge to Profiling Race, you'll receive a digital cut of the series when available, and access to extra scenes that didn’t make the final cut. Additionally, your name will appear on our website as a funder. You'll also get digital updates on our progress.

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    In thanks for your $1,000 pledge to Profiling Race, your name will be listed in the credits of the next episode of the Profiling Race series. You'll also receive a custom Profiling Race poster, tote bag, digital updates and a digital copy of the film when available. You'll also receive a Skype call with the directors.

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    In thanks for your $2,500 pledge to Profiling Race, we will schedule a meal with you and the filmmakers. Your name will be listed in the credits of the next episode of the Profiling Race series. You'll also receive a custom Profiling Race poster, tote bag, digital updates, behind the scenes content and a digital copy of the film when available. (Travel expenses not included.)

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    For your contribution of $5000, we invite you to join us as we film our next episode. You will get to see the magic happen and break some bread with us after the hard work. You'll also receive a custom Profiling Race poster, tote bag, digital updates, and a digital copy of the film when available. (Travel expenses not included.)

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    The Brand Partnership exists for organizations who would like to be involved as a partner in creating content. If you'd like your brand to be a part of this conversation, please join us and help us fund the next few episodes. You'll also receive a custom Profiling Race poster, tote bag, digital updates, access to behind the scenes content and a digital copy of the film when available.

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