The Magnifying Glass Films
A primary goal of the Magnifying Glass grant is the creation of accessible short social justice documentaries that can be easily shared, allowing the message of the films to spread. Watch the completed films of past grantees below, share the message, get involved (and check back to find out when the Magnifying Glass grant will open for your state!)
Directors ANNIE FREITAS & EMILY MACKENZIE
Producer SASHA SOLODUKHINA
Cinematographer JUSTIN ZWEIFACH
Editor EMILY MACKENZIE
FIRST is a portrait of Dolfinette Martin, a formerly incarcerated mother of five children and a community organizer in New Orleans, Louisiana. Dolfinette was the first in her family to be incarcerated. At age 45, she was also the first to graduate from college. Despite overwhelming bureaucratic and personal obstacles, Dolfinette graduated with an Associate Degree in Applied Sciences in 2015. Now, she wants to help other women who have been in prison to accomplish their educational goals and find not just a job, but a career.
Director PHILIP H. WILLIAMSON, JR.
Producers JAIME BLANSON & JONATHAN ISAAC JACKSON
After Claudetteia centers on life for queer students and teachers in the Monroe City School system after openly queer student Claudetteia Love made nationwide headlines in 2015 for challenging a discriminatory school policy that barred her from wearing a tuxedo to prom.
Director ZENDASHÉ BROWN
For the city of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the summer of 2016 has ushered in a season of police brutality, retaliation, and ultimately, a thousand year flood that left over 20,000 people displaced in southern Louisiana. Summer16 explores the intersection of race and class and how the two have played a part in this chronicle of Baton Rouge history by following the accounts of people of color.
Director DANIELLE CALLE
“No Choice” is a short documentary film that focuses on Benjamin and Alba Calle, two middle-aged Colombian immigrants living and working in Greenville, South Carolina. Using a vérité approach, the film will follow their typical work day as they remark on their complex political views.
No Safe Space
Director KAREN E. WINK
Producers JENNIFER JACOB BROWN & KAREN E. WINK
The state of Georgia has no hate crime law, providing no way to track violent crimes against members of the LGBTQ community, no appropriate punishment, and leaving many victims without a path to closure. “No Safe Space” is a video and pront resource documenting LGBTQ violence in Georgia. The shorts detail what victims went through, how the lack of a hate crime law prevented a fitting punishment from being carried out and kept the attackers’ targeting of LGBTQ victims off the record, and, most importantly, what this shortcoming in the law has meant to the victims – their frustration, their distress, and their continued fear.
Visit the website and see the finished film: www.nosafespacega.com
Big House Books: Protecting The Right To Read
Director LACEY ELLINWOOD
This documentary looks at Big House Books, a non-profit volunteer organization that sends free books by request to prisoners in Mississippi correctional facilities to promote literacy and be a vehicle of change for prison reform in Mississippi.
We Will Not Go Away
Director LOUIS BOURGEOIS
Film documents a father and son as they face the everyday challenges of being homeless in the prosperous college football town of Oxford, Mississippi.
Get Off the Bus
Director ROBERT ROWAN
A day in the life of a Memphis MATA rider as they navigate their way through the city of Memphis.
Director KATHY LOFTON
“Senescence Lost” takes a gripping, graphic and in depth look into the horrors of elder abuse in Shelby and neighboring counties.
The Fire Next Time
Director JONATHAN ISAAC JACKSON
Following a brutal French Quarter attack that made national headlines, community leaders talk about the causes of NOLA’s crime.
Requiem for Tyrin
Director PATRICK JACKSON & DANEETA LORETTA JACKSON
Through a series of letters about a murdered teenage boy in New Orleans, this film asks why black lives matter so little in the Deep South.