Good Jobs Nation: Alexis Vasquez A high school student with stellar grades, Alexis gives up his dreams of becoming an architect to help support his family by taking on two fast-food jobs. Faced with low pay and no benefits, he joins his coworkers in the fight for a livable wage, and finds his voice in the process. Filmmakers: Curt Devine,Edeny Tran, Tori Vogel.
Good Jobs Nation: Wilfredo Reyes Arriving from Guatemala with the dream of bringing his wife and children to the United States, Wilfredo tells his story of loss, struggle, sacrifice …. and stubborn hope, as he joins his fellow workers to raise their meager earnings to livable wages. “Es Este El Sueno Americano? Is This the American Dream?” Filmmakers: Sabrina Naimark, Marissa Deutsch.
Roach Brown Roach Brown was sentenced to life for murder at twenty. In solitary confinement, he discovered his inner voice that called him to write a play for, about and performed by prisoners. Roach has carried his message of non-violence to prisons and schools across the country. In collaboration with Kelsey Hasmonek.
Good Jobs Nation: Jerome Hardy Working for years as a short-order cook at a Pentagon fast food outlet and barely getting a raise, Jerome Hardy joined his union’s letter-writing campaign to raise the minimum wage for workers in federal buildings like himself. Filmmakers: Lauren Kendrick, Jacquelyn Dolezal, Lexie Vaughn.
Friendship Place Phillip Black Phillip Black found himself homeless when he was down on his luck. After falling into depression trying to cope with this realization, he eventually found Friendship Place.
Produced by Kait Meadows in conjunction with the Community Council for the Homeless at Friendship Place.
Carolyn Darley In this short profile, Carloyn Darley tells the story of her journey from a home and family, to homelessness, and then to a home of her own, through her own perseverance and the help of a very special organization– the Community Council for the Homeless at Friendship Place. Produced by Binnie Katti and Bisma Rahman.
A Wider Circle A Wider Circle tells the story of this organization whose mission is simple: to help children and adults lift themselves out of poverty. It focuses on the volunteers providing furniture, bedding, linen, non-perishable foods and personal items to needy families free of charge, in an atmosphere of dignity and respect. Produced by Khan & Milenkovic.