In Mary Morten’s documentary Woke Up Black, five African American college students share their lives, hopes, and the challenges they face by growing up in a racially polarized society. Much has changed since the film’s release in 2011, and Mary is working on a sequel currently titled Woke Up Black Again which catches up with the five subjects, and reflects on recent social justice controversies. Last week, after the tragic death of Tony Robinson by police in Madison, Wisconsin, Flicker Effects went to cover the massive protests held in his name for the film. Madison is currently home to one of the film’s subjects, and has screened Woke Up Black several times at the UW campus. Hopefully the tragedy will inspire honest inquiry into the realities faced by so many people of color, both in Madison and across the U.S.
Last week Flicker Effects had the pleasure of being the Chicago Production Coordinator for a TV documentary on Palestinian Hip Hop artists, currently titled “Arabeesh.” Shot on location in Chicago and Beruit, the 45 minute documentary profiles four musicians and is slated to air in over 50 countries, mostly in the Middle East. Under the direction of LA director Hassan Said and Executive Producer and Host Maha Awad, the lean local crew shot over three days at various locations, including Pilsen, Andersonville, and Lincoln Park, and despite some rainy weather transformed the city into an inspiring backdrop for these talented young artists .
Produced by Supportive Housing Providers Association, shot and edited by Flicker Effects Media. Antonette had been mixed up with gangs and drugs from a very young age while growing up in Chicago’s Humboldt Park, and after receiving a stiff prison sentence, she managed to turn her life around with the help of the Employment Project at Inspiration Corporation.
You can find all 4 videos on our YouTube Channel here.