HOLLA: Challenging the Narrative for Kids of Color in America's Whitest City
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Pushed out of the inner city by rising costs and economic development, minority families increasingly settle in outer Portland and Gresham. “HOLLA” chronicles the organization of the same name, founded by Pastor Eric Knox to mentor kids of color in predominantly white and white-taught schools.
Featuring straight talk from notable intellectuals Robert Munoz (Portland State University) and Dyan Watson (Lewis & Clark College), as well as raw testimonials from mentors and mentees, “HOLLA” is an informative, humorous, and heartbreaking look at the issues that face our city and our nation, as we struggle to fulfill the promise of integration and equal opportunity.
The film explores the lives of three young women on the HOLLA basketball team, as mentorship subtly transforms their experience. Through tough love and tenderness the kids learn to hurdle obstacles and adversity in a system biased against them. But learning is a two-way street — the viewer also sees the educators and mentors in the organization changing and growing through their work.
“Holla” features select tracks from Portland’s nationally recognized music scene, including songs from Tre Hardson (Pharcyde), rising star Liz Vice, Catherine Feeny & Chris Johnedis and the band Jospeh.
Unleashing Creativity follows the pastors and artists of Imago Dei Community (PDX) as they prepare for an arts-driven Good Friday service. Through interviews, footage from developmental meetings and scenes from the Good Friday service itself, witness the beautiful, messy process of artistic collaboration in the complex world of the modern church.
This short film introduces educator Dyan Watson and features the reading of a letter to her son about her experience of being a black student bused to a predominantly white Portland Public school.
While this was technically a promotional video for a women's forum at Imago Dei Community church - it takes the style of a short documentary piece and has since been used as an educational tool by Portland Public Schools in their equity trainings.
The Art of Tough Talks
This film captures the first in a series of events called The Art of Tough Talks - A community forum which utilizes a new one-act play (The Guitar Section: A Sound Check On Justice) as a jumping-off point for conversation on timely and sensitive topics.
If you are interested in hosting or producing such an event at your organization or school, please contact Michelle Lang at TheArtofToughTalks@gmail.com.
Stories that activate.
Champions Academy 2017
Featuring footage from the first Champions Academy Summer Camp held in 2016 - this is an update to our previous promo video for PDXchampions.org which had to be made before the camp had ever taken place!
Hope Mob - Amy Williams - Gang Intervention Specialist
Debuted at the 2016 CCDA Conference in Chicago, this film was part of a series for Hopemob.org - highlighting the work of leaders of color around the U.S.
HOLLA - The Possibilties Are Endless
Made for the 2016 HOLLA Mentors fundraiser "Night of Momentum"
Hope Mob - Jonathan Brooks
Shown at the 2016 Justice Conference in Chicago, this film was created for the launch of HopeMob.org (The world’s first platform dedicated to resourcing leaders and communities of color) and as the first part of a series of films highlighting the work of leaders of color around the U.S