Karinafilms Newsletter #16
Dear Friends,

We hope everyone had a great summer! In May, Brandyn & Imani were flown out to the Bay Area for five screenings of
Finding the Gold Within – three for the general public and two for afterschool teachers – with sponsorship from Temescal Associates. Thank you, Sam Piha! The protagonists mesmerized audiences with discussion and poetry.

In August, we were honored to have our film screened at the historic Grand Lake Theater in Oakland for the afterschool teacher conference of the Oakland Unified School District. Imani and Stacee were brought out and engaged in an engrossing Q&A moderated by passionate Joe Hudson, Region 4 Lead & Program Manager, Alameda County Office of Education.

"The film left a strong and positive impact on Oakland's After School community. It really served as a beautiful, valuable tool, and strengthened our sense of being in community together and supporting each other in the work of youth development that we do. The film set such a positive tone for our August Institute training that carried through all the way until the end of the week, and my hope is that the film will carry us all through this school year too." –Asali Waters, Program Manager & Julia Fong Ma, Coordinator, After School Programs
at Oakland Unified School District
We are preparing to go back to the Midwest this Fall for film festivals
and college screenings with protagonists appearing for Q&As and workshops.
Wed, Sept. 23, at 7:10 PM, Greater Cleveland Urban Film Festival
 Sat, Sept. 29, at 7 PM, Lake Eerie Film Festival, Sandusky, OH
 Tues, Sept. 29, time TBA,
Cuyahoga Community College ,  Cleveland, OH
Wed, Sept. 30, time TBA,
Cuyahoga Community College, Cleveland, OH
Wed, Oct. 7, all day,
Claflin University
, Orangeburg, South Carolina
Sat, Oct. 17th,
National Bioneers Conference, San Rafael, CA
Finding the Gold Within – 3-min 2013 Trailer
We are excited to announce that we signed with a broadcast sales agent to offer Finding the Gold Within for national and international television. We also just finished our 52-min cut! Thank you, Jon Kalina!
Watch our 3-min trailer if you haven't seen it yet!
The foundation is laid and we're ready to bring Finding the Gold Within to more schools, colleges, conferences, churches and community centers!
Write me if you have suggestions and connections.

How about the White House? The Obamas would love it!
“Highly Recommended. Finding the Gold Within is an extraordinary film, worthy of the widest possible audience as our country continues to grapple with racial injustice, particularly the persistent stereotyping and criminalizing of young Black men. Director Karina Epperlein deftly crafts a searching portrait of each young man, with his victories, struggles and dreams.”
Educational Media Reviews Online
A big shout-out to Darius Simpson!
His poem with Scout Bostley, "Lost Voices", has gone viral and was featured in the The Huffington Post. A poignant and original contribution to the conversation surrounding race, gender, and privilege. By silencing their own voices, Darius and Scout spotlight the dangers of being unaware of privilege.
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