Since the early 1900’s Housing Segregation policy has had the most enduring affect on American cities – quarantining black and brown people to confined areas, cutting them off from opportunity and resources and creating abject poverty. As a result, these communities become vulnerable to a host of societal problems like gun violence, educational failure, lack of access to medical services, disaster relief and healthy food. Within the context of the documentary series, The House I Never Knew, filmmakers Randall Dottin, Angela Tucker and local housing activists will participate in a discussion centering around housing justice and explore what solutions are available for people who want to level the playing field.
This session will include a brief game of Monopoly featuring players from the audience.
Dottin and Tucker’s doc series The House I Never Knew is one of five films in this year’s Cucalorus Works-in-Progress lab organized through a partnership with Working Films.
Angela Tucker (Founder/President) of TuckerGurl, is an Emmy nominated producer, writer and director. Her directorial work includes PAPER CHASE, a teen comedy in pre production with Gunpowder and Sky; ALL STYLES, a dance movie in post production starring Fik-Shun (SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE) and Heather Morris (GLEE); BLACK FOLK DON’T, a documentary web series in its fourth season featured in Time Magazine’s “10 Ideas That Are Changing Your Life” and (A)SEXUAL a feature length documentary about people who experience no sexual attraction that streamed on Netflix and Hulu for four years. She is in her sixth year as Series Producer of the PBS strand, AFROPOP and was Co-Producer on THE NEW BLACK. Previously, she was the Director of Production at Big Mouth Films, a social issue documentary production company. There, she worked on several award-winning documentaries, including PUSHING THE ELEPHANT (PBS’ Independent Lens). In 2006, she co-founded TuckerGurl LLC, a production company passionate about telling compelling and irreverent stories about underrepresented communities. Tucker was a Sundance Institute Women Filmmakers Initiative fellow. She received her MFA in Film from Columbia University.
The chair of the screenwriting school in NYC, Dottin is an award-winning writer, director, and producer. He received his MFA at the Columbia University School of the Arts Graduate Film Division. His thesis film, A-Alike, was licensed for a two-year broadcast run by HBO and won numerous awards including a Director’s Guild of America Award for Best African American Student Filmmaker and a Gold Medal at the Student Academy Awards for Best Narrative Film. His short film Lifted was sponsored by Fox Searchlight’s program for emerging directors, the Fox Searchlab. He is the writer, director, and producer of The Chicago Franchise, a feature-length documentary that was recently accepted into IFP Week’s Spotlight on Documentaries.
Cedric Harrison is the Founder and Executive Director of Support The Port Foundation, Inc. a 501(c)3 non profit organization that aims to “bridge” the communities of Wilmington together through philanthropy, scholarship, music, arts and culture. Through these roles Cedric strives to connect individuals with opportunities and expand their horizons, while creating a more equitable and harmonious community. His call to action began 15 years ago, when his best friend, who was just 17 years old at the time, shot and killed another boy in self-defense. News of a child killing another child in a gang-related crime was a shocking event in Wilmington, North Carolina and marked a tipping point toward the rapid escalation of gangs in the community. For Cedric, the shooting was a fork in the road that led him to dedicate his life to promoting social justice, violence prevention, and improving economic opportunities for young African Americans in Wilmington. He has taken many
steps toward becoming a leader on these issues in Wilmington, including leading anti-violence campaigns and forming a non-profit agency called Support the Port, whose mission is “to enhance, cultivate and provide a renewed sense of community ownership and excellence for residents of Wilmington, North Carolina.” Ultimately, Cedric’s vision is to develop a more peaceful, integrated, and prosperous society for all residents.
Cedric has a strong track record of building bridges to connect people and ideas, and a long history of implementing interventions to help those in need in Wilmington. Cedric grew up in deeply under-served areas in Wilmington, and has first-hand experience with what it takes to overcome the barriers to success. The strategies he uses form a multi-pronged approach, to improve connectivity, economic opportunity and self worth.