- AMERICA REFRAMED UNFILTERED: Confronting Inequality – On Screen and Off
For Ahkeem is the coming-of-age story of Daje "Boonie" Shelton, a Black 17-year-old girl in North St. Louis. After a school fight lands Boonie in a court-supervised high school, she's determined to turn things around and build a better future for herself and her son. Through Daje's intimate experience in and out of school, For Ahkeem illuminates the challenges many Black teenagers face in America today.In this UNFILTERED blog post, Landon Van Soest, who co-directed the film with Jeremy S. Levine, examines the implications, challenges, and responsibilities of making a documentary film across race and class.
- AMERICA REFRAMED UNFILTERED: People Do Care
In the following UNFILTERED blog post, the team behind Gentlemen of Vision share how audiences connect to authentic characters and heartfelt storytelling.
- When History is Silent: Overcoming Trauma Through the Restoration of Cultural Memory
As November wraps up, we'd like to honor it as Native American Heritage Month by exploring the themes of history, memory, and trauma in two recently-broadcast America ReFramed films.
- AMERICA REFRAMED UNFILTERED: Visualizing an Oral History
On a Knife Edge animator Michael Burton shares the process behind the film's animations.
- AMERICA REFRAMED UNFILTERED: Inclusion Shouldn’t Be a Lottery
In the following UNFILTERED blog post, 'Deej' director and producer, Robert Rooy shares what he is learning from the austistic comunity.
- Exploring the Intersection of Documentary Filmmaking and Urban Sociology at America ReFramed
Through her internship with America ReFramed, Stephanie Luna examined the intersection of documentary filmmaking and urban sociology.
- AMERICA REFRAMED UNFILTERED: Aging in America — Who Cares for You?
Filmmaker Deirdre Fishel asks all of us to consider elders with a desire to age at home with dignity and the plight of their low-income care workers who can't make ends meet.
- AMERICA REFRAMED UNFILTERED: Journey to Justice
Filmmaker Ben Wang reflects on the journey of making 'Breathin': The Eddy Zheng Story.'
- AMERICA REFRAMED UNFILTERED: Beyond Black and White
Filmmaker Matthew Hashiguchi recalls having wrestled with his feelings of being Asian and different when he was growing up.
- AMERICA REFRAMED UNFILTERED: On Grief and Filmmaking
Filmmaker Dinesh Das Sabu writes about facing depression and trauma in his family and his own life.
- AMERICA REFRAMED UNFILTERED: Sometimes the Impossible Just Isn't
How Tamar Rogoff and Daisy Wright's Enter The Faun became a case of art imitating life, imitating art.
- AMERICA REFRAMED UNFILTERED: On Spirituality and Social Justice in 'Radical Grace'
United by common bonds, the nuns' courageous work follows social teachings of justice, equality, and freedom from poverty and oppression.
- AMERICA REFRAMED UNFILTERED: The 20-Year Journey Behind '70 Acres in Chicago: Cabrini Green'
Director Ronit Bezalel credits the people that helped her stick to a story for 20 years.
- AMERICA REFRAMED UNFILTERED: The Color of Change is #LOVE
Edythe Boone is an artist/activist driven by the practice of engaging others through public art and mural making.
- AMERICA REFRAMED UNFILTERED: Gina Abatemarco on Life in the Modern Arctic
Kivalina is an observational portrait of Inupiaq Eskimo people trapped on a disappearing island in Arctic Alaska
- AMERICA REFRAMED UNFILTERED: Telling the story of PTSD with ‘Buried Above Ground’ filmmaker Ben Selkow
Filmed over six years and taking eight years to complete, Buried Above Ground follows three Americans fighting to overcome the paralyzing grip of PTSD.
- AMERICA REFRAMED UNFILTERED: Six questions with 'College Week' filmmaker Derek Grace
At its core, College Week instills in young children a sense of self-worth and the idea that they can accomplish amazing things in life. The majority of these children don’t have positive role models who place an emphasis on education. In fact, teachers may be the only people in their immediate circles who can impart a love of learning and have completed higher education.
- AMERICA REFRAMED UNFILTERED: Kenneth Eng and self-realization through documentary
“My father’s story would fall on my deaf ears until I returned to China with him,” says Eng. “During my entire childhood, I couldn't comprehend the magnitude of his story until I saw it with my own eyes. It's only now that I am beginning to understand and truly value his selfless act.”