THURSDAY, FEB. 25 • THURSDAY, MARCH 4
I Could Tell You ‘Bout My Life chronicles the journey of 19-year-old filmmaker Mike Martin as he attempts to chart a new path for himself after five months of incarceration at Riker’s Island in New York when he was just 17. Through conversations with his grandmother, his parole officer, and his mentors at Friends of Island Academy, where he is working towards his GED, Mike explores questions of how he landed in prison and how sharing his story is the key to creating a brighter future for himself and fostering conversation about more just and equitable alternatives to mass incarceration. (Directed by Mike Martin | US 2018, 27 min)
The screening will be followed by a pre-recorded conversation with director Mike Martin and his filmmaker mentor Chiemi Karasawa (director/producer, Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me, The Betrayal: Nerakhoon), moderated by Kenyamarie Mahone (TEACH member; sophomore, Pomona College)
The conversation will be followed by a virtual After Party featuring special messages and performances by filmmaker/musician Mike Martin, New York-based poet/Hip-Hop artist Messiah Ramkissoon, and percussion artist Bashiri Johnson.
Total program 90 min.
This event is free and open to all who want to spend an evening watching film, engaging in dialogue and hearing some great music!
THIS STREAMING EVENT IS FREE, BUT TICKETS ARE REQUIRED
BYkids produces documentary films by kids, and partners with public television, educators and online-learning innovators to inspire conversations around global issues of human dignity and social justice. FILMS BYKIDS share the stories of kids who confront immigration, bullying, juvenile justice, climate change and child marriage. We reach kids—in schools and home-learning—with films and teaching materials that promote empathy and understanding to make global issues feel personal, relevant and actionable.
TEACH (Transdisciplinary Education and Arts Collaboration Hub) is a community-powered network designed to broaden access to opportunities for people to hear the stories of others and empower them to tell their own. By catalyzing collaborations among students, educators, artists, and community-based organizations to create programming that dismantles traditional institutional processes, TEACH invites all voices to join in conversations about the origins and impacts of inequity in all forms by decentralizing existing narratives and generating community-based solutions.