The Eugene Lang College Ethnicity & Race Program is proud to host a screening of two provocative short-films exploring the lives of young black men, Little Brother and Alternative High: The Troy Sean Welcome Story. Immediately following the screening there will be a screening with producers of these two films–who will engage the audience about the educational, public-policy, and public health that permeate both films.
Thursday March 10, 2011
G529 at 80 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10011.
This event is free and open to the public.
LITTLE BROTHER is a series of 15-minute documentary films dedicated to giving Black boys a unique voice. Things Fall Apart is the first installment in the series. Set in Camden, New Jersey, well-known as one of the nation’s most dangerous cities, the film takes a look at boys growing up amongst extreme violence, poverty and crime, and explores their feelings on love and relationships set against impossible odds.
Alternative High: The Shawn Welcome Story is based on true events tells the story of Troy Shawn Welcome, a troubled teenager who battles family turmoil, the lure of the streets and peer pressure and academic misfortunes on the way to a successful career as a high school principal in The Bronx.
Nicole Franklin, Producer/Director
A 20-year Veteran Editor of Television News and Documentaries, NICOLE FRANKLIN is an award-winning filmmaker and producer, editor, stage manager, director of television and theatre and a full-time college instructor in the field of communications. Her credits include the feature length film I Was Made To Love Her: the Double Dutch Documentary (Sundance Channel, numerous festival awards including Best Documentary at the Hollywood Black Film Festival), the short film The Double Dutch Divas!
KEITH HEFNER, PUBLISHER/EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Keith Hefner founded Youth Communication in 1980. Prior to that he published a magazine and a series of books on youth issues. He won a MacArthur Fellowship in 1989, and he was a Charles H. Revson Fellow on the Future of New York City at Columbia University during the 1986-87 academic year. In 1997 he received the Luther P. Jackson Award for Educational Excellence from the New York Association of Black Journalists.
Jasmin Tiggett, Producer/Director
JASMIN TIGGETT is the Producer, Director and Editor of Our Mission, His Glory, a documentary filmed for the non-profit organization Gospelink. Jasmin’s additional production experience includes casting and production credits on commercials, music videos, and reality TV including BET’s Harlem Heights, and The CW’s America’s Next Top Model. Little Brother is Jasmin’s second documentary collaboration with Nicole Franklin, having worked with Nicole in post-production on Gershwin & Bess: A Dialogue with Anne Brown.
This event is co-sponsored by the Eugene Lang College Dean’s Office, Education Studies Department, Gender Studies Program, The Institute for Urban Education and the New School for General Studies.