When it comes to race relations in America, there has been no shortage of rhetoric, rage and accusations—but very little discussion. THE CONVERSATION is a series of short films that will serve as a platform for dialogue on the deep racial tension and polarization that exist in our communities. Our aim is that the films provide a safe space for communication and honest, sometimes painful, revelations and that their affiliated forums become places for fresh voices, new ideas and ultimately change.
The series won an Online Journalism Award for Online Commentary.
Geeta Gandbhir is a 2x-Emmy Award winning filmmaker and editor. Notable works include “A Journey of a Thousand Miles: Peacekeepers,” which she co-directed with 2x-Academy Award winning director Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy and “Prison Dogs” and “Remembering the Artist, Robert De Niro, Sr.” which she co-directed with Perri Peltz. @GeetaGandbhir
Blair Foster is a filmmaker who won two Emmys for her work on the Academy Award winning film, “Taxi to the Dark Side” as well as an Emmy for Martin Scorsese’s “George Harrison: Living in the Material World.” She recently directed six short documentaries for the Amazon series “The New Yorker Presents.” She produced the Peabody Award winning “Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown” and “Park Avenue: Money, Power and the American Dream,” part of the Peabody Award winning International “Why Poverty” series.
Perri Peltz co-directed and co-produced the documentaries “Prison Dogs” and “Remembering the Artist Robert De Niro, Sr.” and directed and produced “The Education of Dee Dee Ricks.” Perri executive produced “Prison Dogs” and “A Journey of a Thousand Miles: Peacekeepers.” A distinguished journalist and public health advocate, Perri hosts two radio shows on the SiriusXM network. She worked as a TV news journalist for NBC, ABC, and CNN. She won several Emmys for her reporting. @perripeltz
Joe Brewster is a psychiatrist, filmmaker and 2016 Guggenheim fellow. Brewster is a 3x-Emmy and Sprit Award nominee whose recent work, “American Promise,” (PBS POV | American Documentary) received a Sundance Grand Jury Prize. Joe is co-author of “Promises Kept: Raising Black Boys to Succeed in School and in Life,” winner of the 2015 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work. @2joedigital
Michèle Stephenson is a filmmaker, artist, and author. Her film, “American Promise,” was nominated for three Emmys including Best Documentary, and won Jury Prize at Sundance. Stephenson is a Skoll Storytellers of Change Fellow, Guggenheim Fellow, and is the co-author of “Promises Kept: Raising Black Boys to Succeed in School and in Life,” winner of the 2015 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work. @michele0608