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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

Georgetown Gets TEACHED

We are thrilled to announce a premiere event coming up on November 17th at Georgetown University in partnership with Georgetown's Prisons and Justice Initiative and its Film and Media Studies Program. 

Code Oakland at Solano Community College

We are excited to announce that the Math Educators of Solano County, along with Solano Community College and UC Davis Caltech Math and Science Teachers program, will be hosting a screening of our short film Code Oakland on January 28, 2016 at the Vallejo Center of Solano Community College! 

Kalimah Priforce, founder of Qeyno Labs and featured in the film, will do a Q&A after the screening. 

If you are interested in hosting a Code Oakland screening to engage your community in a discussion about diversity in the tech industry, please contact us at

2015: Our Year in Review

Some of the highlights from the TEACHED film series in 2015 include: 

An Interview with DeRay Mckesson

New Team Members

The Atlantic's Race & Justice Summit

Sharing the Code of Oakland

Introducing the Future of Tech

TEACHED Update July 2015

Don't miss the latest! Oakland Youth Challenge Silicon Valley, Code Oakland receives awards, upcoming film festival screenings, and more.

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San Francisco Black Film Festival

We are honored that our latest short film Code Oakland (the first to be released for TEACHED Vol. II) will be playing this weekend at the San Francisco Black Film Festival.  Check out our beautiful film page on the SFBFF site HERE.  Producer/Director Kelly Amis will join other filmmakers for a Q&A after the screening.

For tickets, go HERE




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