Demeaned, suspended, expelled ..."teached." Why are so many American students, especially black males, not fulfilling their potential? Why do we still have a race-based "achievement gap"? TEACHED is a series of short films examining these and related issues. Produced by Loudspeaker Films, TEACHED is a non-profit project sponsored by the International Documentary Association. It is complimented by our web interview series On the Loudspeaker.
+ Kelly Amis, Producer, Director & Editor
After graduating from Georgetown University, Kelly taught in South Central Los Angeles as a charter corps member of Teach for America. She has an M.A. in Education Policy from Stanford University and researched the Australian education system as a Fulbright Scholar. In Washington, DC, Kelly worked for U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, Fight for Children, Cesar Chavez Charter Schools and Building Hope, which she helped design and launch. Since founding Loudspeaker Films in 2009, Kelly has won the Teach for America Social Innovation Award, the Rising Star Director's Award from the Canada International Film Festival and documentary awards from festivals including Harlem, Napa, Amsterdam, Houston, Humboldt and (In)Justice for All. You can learn more about her work at LoudspeakerFilms.com, watch interviews with Kelly here and here, and read some of her writing here.
+ Shaka Jamal Redmond, Cinematographer & Editor
Shaka Jamal is an innovative filmmaker and musician from Oakland, California and founder of OLU8. His experience as a producer, director, cinematographer, editor, writer, performing artist and music producer bring invaluable perspective and talent to any venture. Shaka has a B.A. in History from Tuskegee University and a Master’s of Fine Arts in Cinema from San Francisco State University. Shaka is the first filmmaker from Oakland, CA to receive the Game Changers Fellowship which led him to premiere a series of micro-documentaries in New York at Harlem's Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.
+ Sanjay Seth, Graphic Designer
Sanjay has been with TEACHED from the get-go, designing all of the beautiful art for our website, brochures, dvd packaging, t-shirts, programs...the list goes on and on. He is an experienced, talented designer and photographer currently living in France but only an email away. We highly recommend him for all your graphic design needs. Contact Sanjay here.
+ Sergei Krasikov, Cinematographer & Editor
Sergei Krasikov is a Brooklyn-based independent producer, director and cinematographer who specializes in documentaries, narrative independent films, and creative corporate media solutions. With over nine years in the U.S. film industry, Sergei, a native of and former political journalist in Belarus, has accumulated a unique combination of experience that spans every aspect of film/media production, including on documentary films like Bloom City and the upcoming Thread. To read more about Sergei's work go here.
Malik Smith Intern Program
The TEACHED internship program honors Malik Smith (1995-2004). Like too many students in America, Malik was labeled as learning disabled at a very young age. But thanks to a great school and teacher, he was able to realize his intelligence and ability before he tragically died of pneumonia at the tender age of eight.
Producer/Director Kelly Amis, who was Malik's "big sister," dedicates the entire film project to him.
Joshua, Keenan, Georgia, Austin
Vanessa, Zachary, Angie
Please meet some of our artistic contributors:
Bernadette Dare, Photographer
Bernadette is an outstanding photographer based in Washington, DC. She has provided TEACHED with many beautiful portraits and also photographer our DC events. Check out her gallery and hire her for your next event via the DARE Digitals site.
Andy Orin, Website Guru
Andy is an expertly-skilled website designer/developer who blessed TEACHED with his talents pro bono for several years. He is the founder of Cocopunk Industries and was previously an Associate Web Producer at LINKTV. We just call him "angel."
Michael Harris , Musician/Composer
Michael composed several songs for TEACHED Vol. I (working with Asparagus Media in Baltimore), including our theme song, "Listen to the Children." He is one of the DC area's finest musicians, creating innovative bands and evolving projects including Bossalingo and UltraFaux.
Kev Choice, Musician/Composer
Kev Choice is a pianist, composer, producer, M.C. and bandleader from Oakland, CA. He has toured the world extensively as a musician and artist, has produced 3 of his own albums, and is also heavily involved as an educator and community activist. Check out more of Kev's work here.
Gwendolyn Barriac, Musician/Composer
Gwendolyn Barriac is a San Diego based composer specializing in classical music. She gave her first concert at the age of 11, and played with her first orchestra at the age of 12. She received her training at the Colburn School of Music in Los Angeles. Learn more about Gwendolyn and her work here.