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TEACHED Update Feb. 23, 2017

TEACHED Update Feb. 23, 2017
February 23, 2017
  Social Justice + Impact Media
We would like to extend thanks and gratitude to Oakland-based  Saybrook University, which featured the TEACHED films at its recent conference in Monterey, CA.

Director  Kelly Amis, a Presidential Fellow at Saybrook, presented “Changing the Lens on African American Boys: Using Digital & Social Media to Educate, Enlighten and Inspire,” which included screenings of  Code OaklandThink of Calvin, The Path to Prison and several  On the Loudspeaker interviews as part of a Social Justice Film Series organized by fellow Fellow (ahem) and frequent TEACHED cinematographer and editor ShakaJamal Redmond

FYI Saybrook has launched a cool new Master's degree in  Social Impact Media. Check it out. 
A Student's Story
Many students face challenges in their outside-school world that may be unknown to their teachers, compounding isolation and depression they might experience. And sometimes the challenges they face are within the school. 

One young man, our intern and now-college student Zachary Dorcinville, has shares both experiences in these two brave  Education Post articles. Meeting Zachary today, you may not guess the struggles he has survived, which is a good reminder to us all of the deep potential that lies within every young person. 
On the Festival Circuit
Our most recent short film Think of Calvin seems to be hitting a nerve; it hasn't gotten into a ton of festivals, but the ones that "get" it, really get it (it won Best Short Documentary at the Napa Valley Film Festival, 2nd place overall at the Uptown Short Film Festival and, recently a Humanitarian Award from Best Short Docs). 

The issue is racial profiling, specifically an instance of "Stop-and-Frisk," which turns an entire family upside down. We are proud that this eye-opening, hard-hitting film will next be shown at the acclaimed  Dingle Film Festival in County Kerry, Ireland and at the upcoming Vail Film Festival.
Your TEACHED Cheat Sheet 
It's amazing to think that in the few short years since we started producing TEACHED, the need to make the requisite DVD for each film is being replaced by many new online platforms and formats. 

To make sure you know the different ways to watch or screen the TEACHED films (in addition to purchasing DVDs), we posted this "cheat sheet." Have ideas where you'd like to see TEACHED? Send them to

Reflecting on the Election

By TEACHED intern Zachary Dorcinville

When President Obama was elected back in 2008, I was elated because I had a feeling that our country was entering a brand new era in which equality would be a priority. Fast forward to 2016, and it's a totally different ball game.

When Will We Modernize How We Treat Each Other?

Reading that at least 136 black people have been killed by police officers in 2016 (so far), and that 306 were killed at the hands of law enforcement last year, this gives me a sensation of fear and agony in my soul. The United States Constitution speaks of "We The People" and I believe our country stands for the notion that we, all people, every citizen, will be granted equal rights disregarding race or gender. 

The Effect of the Uptown Film Festival

     By TEACHED intern Zachary Dorcinville

Justice, self-healing, and cultural expression were some of the main themes along with many others presented at the inaugural Uptown Short Film Festival last month in Harlem, NYC. I walked into the theater with my expectations through the roof, however they were still shattered by the impactful vibe of all of the films.

One of the short documentary films centered around a woman who was sexually molested as a child and terrified of being involved in a relationship ever since. In search of a solution for her chronic depression and anxiety, Anita Kopacz turned to alternative therapeutic interventions and self expression, conquering fear and opening herself up to healing. This film sent a strong message to others who have been in a similar circumstance.

The film that left the biggest mark on me however was "Think of Calvin", a short film by Loudspeaker Films' Kelly Amis about the harsh reality of racial profiling for African Americans (you can watch the trailer here). As the film progressed, I was easily able to identify with the crowd which was mesmerized by the provocative and surprising story. As facts were presented at the end of the film, there was a chilling effect felt throughout the crowd, me included. Film director Kelly Amis received a well deserved second place trophy at the end of the festival, and as an intern I was honored to walk up and congratulate her in a big moment.

 From left, Michelle Thomas, Angelica Flowers, Kelly Amis and Zachary Dorcinville.

From left, Michelle Thomas, Angelica Flowers, Kelly Amis and Zachary Dorcinville.

Zachary Speaks: Parent Power

The area in which a child lives should not determine where he/she goes to school. After watching the our new video entitled "Because They Can: A Parent's View", I realized that the methods of teaching carried out in the area that a child lives may not match his/her learning style or satisfy their desire to learn different things.

Zachary Speaks: What Youth Need

Suicide among young people is one of the leading causes of death in the U.S., and most are linked to poor mental health. Adolescents dealing with mental health issues simply aren't getting the help they need, especially in educational settings. I believe that if schools would take the initiative to incorporate mental health services for young people suffering in silence, suicide among teens would drop dramatically.