FUNDER - Ford Foundation
Ford Foundation is one of the largest private philanthropic institutions in the world, with a mission to encourage initiatives by those living and working closest to where problems are located; to promote collaboration among the nonprofit, government and business sectors; and to ensure participation by men and women from diverse communities and all levels of society to help build common understanding, enhance excellence, enable people to improve their lives and reinforce their commitment to society.
Open Society Foundations
The Campaign for Black Male Achievement was launched in 2008 as a three-year, cross-program campaign to provide expanded resources to address, and help reverse, the ways in which African American boys and men are stigmatized, criminalized, and excluded from the U.S. economic and political mainstream.
Washington Koen Media Productions (WKMP) is a full service video production and media company focused on creating high impact media that boast socially responsible messages. We produce short-long form documentaries, presentations and other media for television, Internet, corporations, curriculums and private use. WKMP was started in 2006 by filmmakers, Ouida Washington & Derek Koen.
WKMP began with an expressed interest in producing stories that reflect the communities of color need for media to connect to their everyday issues and triumphs. It is a part of our mission to supplement the mainstream media’s news and information with short form projects that speak specifically to diverse cultural viewpoints. Some of our work includes “This is My Home”, documentary on the fight for public housing in New Orleans (Advancement Project, Current TV, Conference on Race, Amnesty International, High Schools and Universities) “More than 41 Shots”, documentary on police brutality (IFP-Current TV film festival Winner, colleges, community organizations) “Safe Return”, a narrative on domestic violence, (US Dept. of Justice, Vera Institute of Justice), “Path to the Future”, presentation on closing the racial wealth gap (Ford Foundation, Insight Center for Community Economic Development, colleges and universities), “Building on a Legacy”, short documentary on the building of the African Burial Ground Monument (Current TV)
Ouida Washington - Producer
Ouida holds a BFA in Communications Design from Pratt Institute. She worked several years as an accomplished Music Video Producer, producing award winning videos for such top recording artists as Brandy, Biggie, R. Kelly, Jodeci, D'Angelo and others. Ouida has provided producing services to several feature films, 'Francesca Page' (selection for Sundance Film Festival), "A Woman Like That" (winner at Urban World Film Festival), "Love Poem-Un Easy", and "Ghetto Fabulous". She has produced short works including commercials, corporate videos, documentaries and narratives. Ouida's distinct background includes Associate Producer of the documentary components at the National Civil Rights Museum, Producer of high profile fundraiser for AAIA (African Americans in Advertising), and Director of the Intel Computer Clubhouse, a creative technology program for children 11-19yrs. She was a member of the Advisory Board of the American Museum of Natural History's After- School Technology Instructors Guide.
Derek Koen - Director
Derek began his career with Amen Ra Films East, producers of HBO’s "Disappearing Acts" and the documentary chronicling the life of the professor and scholar Dr. Yosef A.A. Bjen-Jochannan, affectionately known as "Dr. Ben". At Amen Ra, acclaimed documentary filmmaker St. Claire Bourne mentored Koen. Koen wrote, produced and directed the short films "When Good Food Goes Bad", and "When Does it Stop" a visually poetic portrait of a parent’s pain when losing a child to the never-ending cycle of violence in the street. "When Does it Stop" was screened at several film festivals and has been screened by public school children in New York and New Jersey. Koen was Production Coordinator for the Harlem-based documentary film company Roja Productions, working on the PBS series "Matters of Race", award winning documentary "Citizen King", "Bones of Our Ancestry", and others. Derek is an experienced Digital Videographer and Editor with credits that include music videos, commercials, short form documentaries, short films, Internet sports talk show, as well as producing and directing the feature film " Ghetto Fabulous".
Joe Bly - Associate Producer
Bly is a Producer specializing in television documentary, having worked with PBS, A&E, and CNN Working for WVPT- PBS in Virginia, he Co-Produced a historical documentary about religious conscientious objectors of WWII – the first television documentary on the subject. .” In 2008 his independently produced documentary “Marketing the Message” won festival titles, enjoyed worldwide broadcast on the newly launched Al Jazeera English Network and aired on PBS stations across the country. Joe was recently nominated for a NY Emmy for his work at Bronxnet.
Cliff Charles - Director of Photography
An Emmy nominated Director of Photography, and founder of The People's DP Inc. Charles has lensed numerous television, feature, music video and commercial projects, working with artists such as Mos Def, Faith Evans, Mudvayne and Britney Spears and brands such as State Farm, TNT, Olay, Lifetime TV and Anheuser Busch. Charles’ feature film credits include the 2006 Spirit Award nominee and winner of the 2005 LA Film Festival, "Jellysmoke", the award winning romantic comedy Thirty Years to Life, the underground cult hit "Shottas", the Hip Hop slacker film "Planet Brooklyn" and the HBO documentary "When the Levees Broke", which lead to his 2007 Emmy Nomination.
Derek Koen - Additional Camera
Octavio Warnock-Graham - Sound Recordist
Matt Bryant - Sound Recordist
Derek Koen - Editor
Norris Mingkhamsavath - Assistant Editor
Yasmin Mistry - Designer / Animator
Rusty Haner - 3D Animator
Diana Panfil - Logo Design
David Perini - Website Design
Norris Mingkhamsavath - Production Assistant
Vincent Carpio - Production Assistant
Jamel Bell - Production Assistant