Locked [in] | A Short Film
Whispers from the Field | A Short Film
Empty Plate | A Short Film
Product of His Environment | A Short Film
Perfect Soldiers | A Short Film
Targets | A Short Film
This is Home | A Short Film
Can I Live? | A Short Film about Police Brutality
Purest Poison | A Short Film
Kaila Love "You Wouldn't Know" | The Write Home Project
Hear No | A Short Film
Force Fed | A Short Film
Thin Line | A Short Film
Lost In Translation | A Short Film
Chocolate Smile | A Short Film
A Taste of Home | A Short Film
Block O' Breakfast | A Commercial Satire
Death Recipe | A Short Film
Locked [in] | A Short Film“Locked [In],” written and performed by Gabriel Cortez, depicts the disturbing reality that many youth face in solitary confinement. The poem is inspired by an investigation from Trey Bundy and Daffodil Altan of The Center for Investigative Reporting. Directed and shot by Jamie DeWolf. Produced by Jose Vadi, Niema Jordan and Cole Goins. For more information about youth solitary confinement go to: revealnews.org/lockedinShot by Jamie DeWolf, Adam Parmalee and Asher Kennedy. Steadicam by Adam Parmalee. Gaffer and Lighting Design by Sean Stueve.Music by Deadhorse, listen to more here:https://deadhorse.bandcamp.com/
Whispers from the Field | A Short FilmIf America's fields could speak, what stories would they tell?That's the question that poet Monica Mendoza asks in the Off/Page Project's inaugural video, "Whispers from the Field." Speaking from the perspective of the field, Mendoza talks about the high price migrant women pay to put food on their families' tables. The poem was inspired by the Rape in the Fields investigation -- by The Center for Investigative Reporting, the Investigative Reporting Program at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, FRONTLINE and Univision -- that found that hundreds of female agricultural workers have complained to the federal government about being raped, assaulted and harassed on the job, while law enforcement has done almost nothing to prosecute potential crimes. Learn more about the investigation at cironline.org/rapeinthefields. Directed by Jamie DeWolf
Empty Plate | A Short FilmAnthony "Joker" Orosco, 20, is a Chicano poet born and raised in Stockton, California. Anthony was 14 when he first started writing. “Poetry gave me clarity,” says Anthony, “[it] helped me to view everything with different kind of perspective, helped me to see the beauty hidden within everything society says could never be beautiful, made me appreciate the smaller things we as human beings usually take for granted.” Anthony has been writing and performing with With Our Words for about five years and when he participated in The Bigger Picture workshop, he was very clear about the purpose of his piece. “My inspiration for writing my Bigger Picture piece came from the needing and wanting to tell the hidden stories of my people, the story a lot of my elders had been a part of.” In “Empty Plate” he addresses the poverty that afflicts migrant families and the silent fact that farmers who harvest the produce that are arranged into pyramids of health at Whole Foods or other markets don’t earn enough of a wage to afford the food themselves. Directed by Jamie DeWolf. Shot by Jamie DeWolf and Adam Parmalee. Edited by Adam Parmalee. Punch Up Productions. www.youthspeaks.org
Product of His Environment | A Short Film"He won't be able to differentiateCorporate farmers from drug dealers,similarities are too strong,selling harmful products to innocent peoplefor extensive profits,but like crack - the dollar menu is cheap,the ingredients are addicting,he keeps buying."In this riveting short directed by Jamie DeWolf, Youth Speaks champion Joshua Merchant introduces us to his friend James and breaks down how lack of access to healthy, sustainable foods in low income neighborhoods contributes to the epidemic of Type 2 diabetes. www.youthspeaks.org
Perfect Soldiers | A Short FilmAn award winning, powerful and devastating film written by a Youth Speaks performer as a portrait of his grandfather and colonization. Written and performed by Gabriel Cortez. Directed and shot by Jamie DeWolf. www.youthspeaks.org
Targets | A Short FilmA rapid fire short film about the targeting of children in a powerful performance by Youth Speaks champion Obasi Davis."My classmates and Iwere all unintentionally killing ourselves at 13Targets, guzzling down a sodawhile walking past wheelchair amputees and crack addictsbecause we weren't aware of our own bodies collapsingafter the sweet euphoric stingleapt from our tongue."Watch Oakland Youth Poet Laureate, Obasi Davis, raise his voice against the targeting of minority youth by the marketing campaigns of the food and beverage industry in "TARGETS", a new Bigger Picture film directed by Jamie DeWolf.
This is Home | A Short FilmThe Off/Page Project presents its latest short film, "This is Home," produced in conjunction with The Center for Investigative Reporting's new report on failures of Richmond, Calif.'s housing authority.Off/Page recruited three Richmond poets -- Deandre Evans, William Hartfield-Peoples and Donte Clark -- to work with CIR reporter Amy Julia Harris in the Hacienda and Nevin Plaza housing projects, interviewing sources and walking through dilapidated, mold-infested buildings during her investigation. The poets also worked with drafts of CIR's research to inform their writing. Playing the roles of both documentarian and storyteller, the poets incorporated Harris' findings into their own investigation of the larger socioeconomic state of Richmond. Directed and shot by Jamie DeWolf.To read the full investigation on Richmond housing, visit http://cironline.org/RichmondHousing.The Off/Page Project is a collaboration between Youth Speaks and The Center for Investigative Reporting.
Can I Live? | A Short Film about Police BrutalityA dark look into the mind of a cop, in a true life expose of an SFPD officer using his own words. Directed and shot by Jamie DeWolf.Across the United States, young men of color are often presented by the media – and perceived by the public, the police and law enforcement – as threatening, dangerous, and criminal. This puts them in life-threatening situations.YOUTH SPEAKS is calling for young men of color to share their experiences of being profiled and/or brutalized. Ultimately, we want to show the pervasiveness of this epidemic through the thousands of stories young men will tell.In the face of reckless disregard for the lives of young people, I Want To Live calls for an end to dehumanizing men of color. Share your story. Be a part of the solution.
Purest Poison | A Short FilmA dark and hallucinatory visualization of if a disease could speak. Written by Joshua Merchant, performed by Joyce Lee. Directed and shot by Jamie DeWolf
Kaila Love "You Wouldn't Know" | The Write Home ProjectA lyrical journey into homelessness and survival. Written and performed by Kaila Love. Directed and shot by Jamie DeWolf. Write Home provides creative spaces for homeless youth. Challenge your perception of youth homelessness.
Hear No | A Short Film"I can tell you: when he walks around the house with his shirt off, I view his belly as a mirror. A tombstone. A braille bump sprouting from his own torso due to his own blindness - I shudder when he rubs it"Joshua Merchant describes his battle with Type 2 diabetes as a son watching his father ignore the effects of this terrible disease. Watch him perform his poem in the Bigger Picture video HEAR NO, directed, shot and edited by Jamie DeWolf. www.youthspeaks.org
Force Fed | A Short FilmRising hip hop MC and Youth Speaks champion Robin Black takes us on a whirlwind lyrical tour dismantling "nutrition fiction" and the vast underworld of corporate interests that create what Americans call "Food." Directed and shot by Jamie DeWolf
Thin Line | A Short Film"Every ten seconds,someone dies from diabetesand in the time it's taken me to recite this poemfifteen people have died."An award winning short film about the devastating effects of diabetes throughout generations.Watch Ivori Holson outline the harmful effects of a sugary drink diet in "Thin Line" written and performed by Ivori for the Bigger Picture project, a collaboration between Youth Speaks and UCSF's Center for Vulnerable Populations. Written by Ivori Holson. Directed and Shot by Jamie DeWolf.
Lost In Translation | A Short Film"These foods we trust to give us nourishmentare slowing killing usa sweet venom que corre por nuestras venasand though they tell us to read the labelshow many of our Abueloswill understand words that to the average Americanare impossible to pronounce?"The beverage industry is specifically targeting Latino children and youth by increasing their marketing efforts on Spanish-language television. Watch Yosimar Reyes analyze how sugar sweetened beverages are impacting the diets and cultural practices of Latino communities heavily impacted by the type 2 diabetes epidemic. "Lost in Translation" is filmed and directed by Jamie DeWolf.
Chocolate Smile | A Short Film"They won't tell youhow her smile was corruptedby blue slushies and black licoriceleaving brown potholes in their wakeand we still remain quietwhile they drain us of everything sweetbut the color of our skinand the sugar in our hips"Watch Marje Kilpatrick in "Chocolate Smile," a new film produced for the Bigger Picture project, a collaboration between Youth Speaks and UCSF's Center for Vulnerable Populations. Born and raised in Richmond, Calif., Marje addresses many of the socioeconomic and environmental factors within her community that help contribute to the Type 2 diabetes epidemic.In low income communities, Type 2 diabetes is spiking in younger and younger people. The food and beverage industry is especially targeting youth of color for their high sugar products.75% of teenagers of color drink at least one sugary drink a day, increasing their risk of Type 2 diabetes by about 25%. Nearly 1 in 2 children born after the year 2000 will get diabetes in their lifetime...unless we do something about it.Written and performed by Marje Kilpatrick. Directed and shot by Jamie DeWolf.
A Taste of Home | A Short Film"We think this possibility can't hurt useven though we can't read the ingredients on the label,forget that homeis the number one obese country in the worldand we're here in the U.S.living up to the same legacy"The beverage industry is specifically targeting Latino children and youth by increasing their marketing efforts on Spanish-language television. Monica Mendoza introduces us to an unhealthy family tradition to analyze how sugar sweetened beverages impact Latino communities and contribute to the type 2 diabetes epidemic. Filmed and directed by Jamie DeWolf.
Block O' Breakfast | A Commercial SatireIn this ridiculously hilarious piece directed by Jamie DeWolf, BLOCK O' BREAKFAST is unleashed! Written by Robin Black and featuring Jade Cho, BLOCK O' BREAKFAST represents the many terrible food products that are more readily available to young people in America than healthy, sustainable foods. Directed by Jamie DeWolf.
Death Recipe | A Short FilmErica McMath Sheppard speaks on growing up in a family and an environment haunted by Type 2 Diabetes in her piece, DEATH RECIPE, directed by Jamie DeWolf.Youth Speaks and UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations are leading the campaign against Type 2 Diabetes with our new project, The Bigger Picture. Raise your voice TODAY!http://www.TheBiggerPicture.orghttp://www.twitter.com/BigPicCampaign
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