About this project
TEACHED is a short film series & social justice advocacy project examining race, education and equality in America.
Our first three films, or TEACHED Vol. I, addressed the causes and consequences of the "achievement gap" between urban youth of color and their peers.
With TEACHED Vol. II, we go more deeply into the experiences of black boys and men, including societal biases, racial profiling and what happens when potential is unleashed and nurtured.
Our films are short (15-20 min.) so they can be used in interactive screenings, in which the films are interspersed with guest speakers, panel discussions and audience interactiont. To learn about hosting a TEACHED screening in your community go here.
And please help us raise the funding we need to finish these three new important films and get them out to the world asap:
FILM #1: CODE OAKLAND
The first short film, Code Oakland, examines the evolution of Oakland through the eyes of Kalimah Priforce, a social entrepreneur who is determined that youth of color not be left on the sidelines as neighboring Silicon Valley reaches across the Bay and into their city, home of the second largest black community in California.
Kalimah, whose first success as a social justice rebel was a hunger strike at eight years old to get books for his group home, and Kimberly Bryant, a successful electrical engineer turned founder of Black Girls Code, are organizing large-scale hackathons to prepare youth to redesign the future through digital coding. Joined on the national stage by #YesWeCode founder Van Jones, their work represents the cusp of a powerful movement to change both the face and use of technology in America. But is Silicon Valley ready to be hacked?
FILM #2: THINK OF CALVIN
When we started making the second film, Think of Calvin, we didn't know that it would follow an unprecedented release of videos and stories from all over the country exposing racial bias in policing, motivated by a string of police shootings of unarmed black men. The good news is that these tragedies and insanities are being filmed and shared widely now that nearly everyone has a cell phones/camera and is connected through social media.
WATCH THE THINK OF CALVIN TRAILER:
With our short film Think of Calvin, we go beyond the incident itself to introduce the viewer to the man and family impacted by police action that would be unfathomable in a different type of neighborhood.
The story: on a Friday night after a long week at work, Calvin Davis joined his family in Southwest Washington, DC for an informal gathering. Still wearing scrubs from his job at Children’s Hospital, Calvin caught up with an old friend while his two boys rode bikes around the block.
When police followed his fifteen year-old home, and started pulling on gloves as they approached the teenager, Calvin intervened to ask “Why? What did he do?” How these questions escalated into a night in jail and two felony counts for a family man with no prior record will make you “think of Calvin” next time you question whether racial profiling exists and how America has become the world’s most prolific jailer.
FILM #3: OFFSIDES
We also couldn't have predicted when we started interviewing Tyzjae (Tie-zhay) Monroe four years ago that the academic achievement of black males in America would soon become the focus of a large-scale, multifaceted initiative launched by the President of the United States himself.
In Offsides, we follow Tyzjae from sixth through tenth grade as he and his mother struggle to find him a school that acknowledges--let alone nurtures--his obvious intellect. When it is discovered in junior high that he is an exceptionally good football player, his value to area schools suddenly skyrockets and his dream of attending college seems certain. So what happens when an injury at the end of ninth grade keeps him off the field for a year?
TEACHED is a labor of love and a non-profit project. Whatever contribution you can make does help and is very much appreciated.
Thank you for supporting us and our effort to ensure every child has the opportunity to reach their potential!
To learn more, go to our website at www.teached.org
Risks and challenges
Fundraising for independent documentary films is not easy. But because of our singular focus on fighting for equality of opportunity for all and especially urban minority youth, we have drawn a strong and awesome group of supporters including parents, students, professionals, teachers, activists and community leaders. It is this support that strengthens our faith in our mission and that will help ensure our films have a positive impact in communities across America.
Post-production invariably takes longer than expected, but we are determined to finish the TEACHED Vol. II films and begin sharing them with the world before the end of 2014. The production phase is done -- we have filmed many times over several years in Washington, DC, Oakland, and New Orleans to make these films -- and now we need funding to finish them with professional editors, graphic animators, great music composers, audio design, and DVD production, while also beginning our outreach and social impact campaign.
Your support will MAKE THE DIFFERENCE. Please support our Kickstarter campaign now and work with us to bring TEACHED Vol. II to your community soon.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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