A documentary in production about the early literacy crisis from award winning director Jenny Mackenzie, and executive producer Allison Gushée Molkenthin.
READy or Not? shows how technology can produce community-wide change in preparing young children at greatest risk for illiteracy. Through intimate footage, we see the resilience and strength of four families as they passionately advocate to provide free literacy programs for their own children and their communities. Despite significant barriers like language, learning disabilities, and poverty, we see these families and leaders in their communities fight tirelessly to provide our youngest generation with the most foundational indicator of life long success: the ability to read.
When it’s completed, READy or NOT? will be submitted to top film festivals around the globe, and have an education and outreach plan focused on collaborative community screenings that address the early literacy crisis, and focus on harnessing technological tools with parental engagement to close disparities gaps and create more literate communities.
A documentary short that shares the story of community health workers in rural Alabama. African American communities in the United States experience higher rates of disease and death when compared to other ethnic groups. In Eutaw AL, poverty, few medical resources, and low education levels contribute to cancer health disparities. Additionally, internalized fear and shame around cancer has compounded the issue. In response, a group of women have joined together to help close the racial disparities gap by providing access to life saving cancer screenings.
However Long is an intimate portrait of women living with metastatic (stage four) breast cancer, and the unique support group that connects them all. As these women process challenging questions about living with an incurable disease, themes like resiliency, hope, and ferocious honesty emerge. However Long addresses the question that all human beings need to ask themselves: how do you want to live the rest of your life?