A documentary short about grief and the aftermath of gun violence from the perspective of teenagers
In this short film, Black teenagers from one all-male school in West Philadelphia share their stories of losing friends to neighborhood gun violence. They detail the rupture that occurs when they learn about a shooting and the many ways they memorialize their friends. The young men speak candidly and honestly about the way friends’ deaths have affected their ideas about their futures and the future of their city. Filmed and directed by young people, the film features original music by young Philadelphia artists.
Directors: Kashmir Alston, Melvin Floyd, and Elijah McFarland
Alumni of Boys’ Latin of Philadelphia Charter High School
Producer: Nora Gross
The film was recently written up in Billy Penn and The Pennsylvania Gazette. It has screened at the FirstGlance Film Festival Philadelphia, where it was nominated for Best Director, Documentary. Additionally, the film has screened as part of several anti-violence events in Philadelphia as well as D.C.
The film premiered virtually on July 11, 2020 on YouTube. The premiere was followed by a brief Q&A with two of the directors and other special guests.
Check out the trailer:
This film was generously funded by the Sachs Program for Arts Innovation, the Center for Experimental Ethnography, and the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania.
If you'd like to get in touch with the production team, please email Producer Nora Gross at NoraGrossPhD [at] gmail.com.