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THE FIRST STEP
(90 min) US


MONDAY 10/25, 9:20 PM (SESSION 11)

Director: Brandon Kramer
Producer: Lance Kramer

Description:

Van Jones, a Black progressive activist known for calling Donald Trump's election a white lash live on primetime TV, controversially crossing party lines to win bipartisan support for criminal justice reform and the response to the addiction crisis. Van’s journey building bridges in a time of extreme polarization takes him deep into the messy drama of the Trump administration, internal divisions within both parties, and the lives of activists fighting on the frontlines for their communities. Activists try to move forward with criminal justice reforms but meet resistance from other parties. These struggles showcase the divided state of American domestic policy.

Biography:

Brandon Kramer is a Washington, DC-based filmmaker and co-founder of Meridian Hill Pictures. Brandon directed City of Trees and the Webby Award-winning independent documentary series The Messy Truth. Brandon won Best Director at the 2016 Chesapeake Film Festival and Indie Capital Awards, received the Audience Choice Award at the American Conservation Film Festival and was a DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities Individual Arts Fellow. Brandon has directed over 30 short documentaries commissioned by public agencies and nonprofits including AARP and US Institute of Peace.

Lance Kramer is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and executive director/co-founder of MHP. Lance produced the feature-length documentary City of Trees. Lance produced the Webby Award-winning documentary series The Messy Truth with Van Jones, released on Van's Facebook page and CNN.com to over 4 million viewers. Lance received the prestigious DC Mayor’s Arts Award from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, the highest honor bestowed upon working artists in the city. Lance has served two terms as Board Member of Docs in Progress, and was a DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities Individual Arts Fellow. Lance was selected to the Impact Partners Documentary Producers Fellowship cohort and was a fellow at the Sundance Creative Producers Summit.

Contact Information:

w: https://www.meridianhillpictures.com/
e: lance@meridianhillpictures.com



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