Featured Stories

Want to unlock your child’s future? START HERE. (2018) 7 min

How do the arts benefit a child's well being and future? The Lorain City Schools Arts Academy works to better understand the positives of arts engagement in the community.

blight (2016) 6 min 

The foreclosure crisis hit Cleveland particularly hard, and the city is still reeling from the urban blight that accompanies abandoned homes and neighborhoods. blight examines the efforts of Thriving Communities, an organization that helps struggling neighborhoods transform themselves.

• Official Selection, Cleveland International Film Festival, March 2017


FRESH (2016) 6 min

The local food movement is particularly active in northeast Ohio. FRESH explores this endeavor, emphasizing how City Fresh, a community supported agricultural organization, delivers fresh, local produce to low-income residents in Lorain and Cuyahoga Counties.

• Official Selection, Cleveland International Film Festival, March 2017

PLAYGROUND (2015) 17 min

In Brick City, a theater collective on Cleveland’s West Side, children and seniors from a public housing project create and perform their own plays in order to comprehend the gun violence that has scarred their community and share their poignant stories of loss, perseverance and hope.

Official Selection, Cleveland International Film Festival, March 2017

• Official Selection, Socially Relevant Film Festival (Short Film Category), New York, March 2017

• Official Selection, Vasakh International Documentary Film Festival, Lahore, Pakistan, March 2017

• Official Selection, Athens International Film and Video Festival, Athens, Ohio, April 2017 

• Official Selection, Canton Film Festival, Canton, OH, April 2017

ALL IT TAKES (2016) 17 min

With the ever-growing prescription and use of opiate pain medication, heroine addiction has spread across traditional barriers of class, race, gender, and age and become common in all segments of society. Yet while the path to addiction is distressingly easy, the way out is unimaginably difficult. ALL IT TAKES explores the opiate epidemic in Lorain County from the point of view of addicts and through the efforts of those who work to help these addicts recover their lives and their dignity.

Official Selection, Cleveland International Film Festival, March 2016

Official Selection, Chagrin Documentary Film Festival, October 2016

Spotlight Bronze Award, Spotlight Documentary Film Awards, 2016

Focal point of Lorain County Town Hall meeting on Ohio heroin epidemic, Lorain County Community College, 22 September 2016

Focal point of panel discussion on Ohio heroin epidemic, Chagrin Documentary Film Festival, 8 October 2016

Jury’s Choice Award, Black Maria Film Festival, 2017

Official Selection, (In)Justice For All Film Festival International, Chicago, April 20-27, 2017

100 SECOND CHANCES (2014) 5 min

Employment is the most important factor for those who successfully re-enter society after prison. 100 Second Chances goes inside Edwins, a restaurant that offers those trying to make this difficult transition an opportunity to succeed.

   • Official Selection, Cleveland International Film Festival, March 2015

   • Official Selection & finalist for Creators League Prize, ShortList Film Festival, Los Angeles, August 2015

   • Official Selection, Impugning Impunity/ALBA Human Rights Documentary Film Festival, New York, October 2015

   • Official Selection, Vasakh International Documentary Film Festival, Lahore, India, March 2017

Safe at Home (2015) 5 min

Children are most at risk when families confront problems like homelessness, drug addiction, or illness. Safe at Home examines the work of Blessing House, a Lorain County organization that provides a temporary safe home for children of families in crisis.

more food. less hunger (2015) 4 min

Take a trip inside Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio. Second Harvest provides a substantial amount of food in Lorain, Huron, Erie and Crawford counties to hungry adults and children. They serve 104 member agencies including 152 food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, mobile food pantries, backpack programs, kids café, and supplemental food programs.