SHIFTING THE NARRATIVE ABOUT VICTIMS OF POLICE BRUTALITY
Your contribution will fund the film-making process and book development and printing. Here’s what you’ll help create:
A 20 minute documentary film telling the stories of families who’ve lost loved ones to state violence
A coffee-table book that includes illustrations and compelling photos of the victims and their families, the communities that support them, and their stories
5 short films featuring individual families and their stories
The 5 short films will be available online as well as be part of our robust community screening engagement campaign across the country to generate dialogue, conversation and support for the families affected by state violence
Marc Bayard is a co-founder of Say Their Names and an Associate Fellow and the director of the Institute for Policy Studies’ Black Worker Initiative. He was the founding Executive Director of the Worker Institute at Cornell University. He is a leading expert on racial equity and organizing strategies with extensive experience in building partnerships between labor, faith groups, and civil rights communities. A frequent speaker and social commentator for a number of institutions and organizations, Marc’s dedication to achieving just and humane treatment for workers worldwide is grounded in his first-hand work and experiences in nearly 50 countries. From 2003 to 2011, he was the Africa Regional Program Director for the American Center for International Labor Solidarity, AFL-CIO, and was recently a fellow with the Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor at Georgetown University.
Nicole Lee is the co-founder and author of “Say Their Names” and an organization and public policy leader. She is also the co-founder of Black Movement Law Project and the immediate past president of TransAfrica and founder of the Lee Bayard Group, LLC, a consulting firm specializing in diversity and inclusion, organization development and public policy in Washington, DC. She is an adjunct professor at SUNY Buffalo Law School.
Nicole has led investigations and missions documenting violations of human rights and dignity of the world’s vulnerable populations across the globe. Her analysis and investigations are relied upon by policy makers and trend setters. Nicole has testified before Congress, the United Nations and the Organization of American States and continues to provide on-the-ground perspective and strategies to the vulnerable communities she serves.
As co-founding member of the Rada Film Group,and an filmmaker, artist and author, Michèle Stephenson draws upon her Caribbean roots and international experience as a human rights attorney to tell compelling deeply personal stories in a variety of media that resonate beyond the margins. Her work has appeared on a variety of broadcast and web platforms, including PBS, Showtime and MTV. Her most recent film, American Promise, was nominated for three Emmys including Best Documentary and Best News Coverage of a Contemporary Issue. The film also won the Jury Prize at Sundance, was selected for the New York Film Festivals’ Main Slate Program, and won the African American Film Critic’s Association Best Documentary Award. Stephenson’s community engagement accomplishments with film includes the PUMA BritDoc Impact Award for a Film with the Greatest Impact on Society. Her recent book, Promises Kept, written along with co-authors Joe Brewster and Hilary Beard, won an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work.
Producer and Director Joe Brewster is a Harvard-trained psychiatrist who uses his psychological training as the foundation in approaching the social issues he tackles as an artist and filmmaker. Brewster, in conjunction with his Rada Film Group co-founder, Michèle Stephenson, have created stories using installation, narrative, documentary and print mediums that have garnered support from critics and audiences internationally. He is a recipient of fellowships and grants from the Sundance Institute, the Tribeca Film Institute, BAVC and the MacArthur Foundation. Brewster is a Spirit Award and three-time Emmy Award nominee. His recent documentary film American Promise was awarded the U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Achievement in Filmmaking at Sundance and the African American Film Critics’ Association Award. Brewster’s outreach accomplishments include a Revere Award and the 2013 NAACP Image Award for the best selling companion book Promise’s Kept and a BritDoc Prize for developing one of the most innovative outreach campaigns in 2014.