Comedy Against the Odds

Comedy Against the Odds

Comedy Against the Odds

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10-year-old Austin has Autism. He’s also an aspiring stand-up comic. This short documentary spotlights the struggle of growing up with labels, and how Austin uses comedy to embrace and overcome them.

Through the intimate story of Austin as he faces adversity and hardships, our audience will be thoroughly connected to his childhood experience, making the inevitable laughs BIGGER and more INSPIRED.

Impact


Autism affects an estimated 1 in 36 children in the U.S. according to the CDC, and Shine Global aims to use the film to raise awareness about the needs of children on the spectrum and as a catalyst for discussion and change, with a special focus on increasing understanding and acceptance of those with Autism so they can thrive and increasing both investment in and access to arts education opportunities for children on the spectrum.

Awards

Comedy Against the Odds will make its festival premiere at the 2024 AmDocs Film Festival in Palm Springs.

Credits


Directed and produced by
Suzanne Luna

Produced by
Albie Hecht

Executive Producers
Corey Martin Craig
Kevin Kay
Susan MacLaury
Alexandra Blaney

Editor
John Rantz

Produced BY Shine Global in association with Derek & Martha Productions and cool beans comedy

Onyx Family Dinner

Onyx Family Dinner

Onyx Family Dinner
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All episodes available on the Onyx Family YouTube Channel
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“Onyx Family Dinner” follows the Onyx family, a warm, creative and supportive Black family with a robust fanbase (more than 7 million subscribers across their YouTube channels) as they share their passion for learning about the world and encouraging families to engage with each other. A seat at the dinner table with dad Mirthell, mom Rita and kids Shalom, Sinead, Shasha and Shiloh, brings meaningful discussions about what’s going on in their lives and important topics such as mental health, school curriculum bias, Black hair and hair discrimination, social activism in sports, urban gardening and sustainability, body positivity and self-esteem and how to be a changemaker.

The series’ diverse roster of dinner guests including former NFL linebacker Emmanuel Acho, fashion influencer Kellie Brown, mental health advocate Diana Chao, activist and founder of Youth Advocates for Change Tiana Day, student and hair discrimination activist Faith Fennidy, fashion designer and urban gardener Ron Finley, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones, and Emmy Award-winning sports journalist Jemele Hill who help broaden the conversation by offering different perspectives, interesting stories and valuable insight.

Impact


Family dinner conversations offer many benefits, ranging from family bonding and building vocabulary to fostering healthy eating habits for all ages. Whether you’re celebrating or tackling a difficult issue, the Onyx Family Dinner will serve as a model to families on how to  initiate and guide discussions that will help all members of your family to support each other – and Shine Global’s free, downloadable family discussion tip guide will serve as an additional resource for families of all types.

Awards

Cynopsis Best of the Best Rising Star Awards 2021 – Best Diversity Awareness Campaign Marketing

Credits


Presented by Youtube originals
PRoduced BY pocket.watch
In Association with shine global

Executive Producers
Keith Brown
Albie Hecht
Chris M. Williams

 

Home is Somewhere Else

Home is Somewhere Else

Home is Somewhere Else

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Premiering in Mexican Cinemas on May 4, 2023

 

An animated feature documentary providing a window into the hearts and minds of ​​immigrant youth and their undocumented families. 

This 2D feature “animentary” features three personal stories about immigrant youth to highlight the complexities and challenges they face today. Voiced by the actual children and their families, the stories are woven together by spoken word poet Lalo “El Deportee”, the film’s host and MC whose vibrant “Spanglish” breaks codes, switches standards, and pushes the viewer to decipher his poems.

Each story has its own unique visual animation style drawn by three different teams. The animation allows us to truly see and feel these characters’ worst nightmares, alongside their colorful hopes and dreams for a better future.  

Impact


At a moment when the immigration crisis is more urgent than ever, the increasingly dire circumstances beg for reflection and reform. This documentary will share the rich complexity of the emotional experiences of immigrant children and families in order for audiences to better understand and empathize with them.

Home Is Somewhere Else invites discussion about the need for a new US migratory model based on respect for human rights for all. We plan to bring the film to communities and decision makers on both sides of the border to prompt dialogue about how the current immigration system harms families and must be replaced.

Awards

Credits


Written and Directed by
Carlos Hagerman and Jorge Villalobos

poems written by:
José Eduardo Aguilar “El Deportee”

Produced by
Carlos Hagerman

Produced by
Guillermo Rendón and Jorge Villalobos

Executive Producers
Carolina Coppel
Andrew Houchens
Mariana Marín

Executive Producers
Albie Hecht
Susan MacLaury

Co Producers
Alexandra Blaney
Martha Sosa
Nicolás Vale

Co Executive Producers
Ingrid Duran
Catherine Pino

ART DIRECTOR
Marec Fritzinger

Composer
Javier Álvarez

SOUND DESIGN
Pablo Lach

Produced BY BRINCA ANIMATION STUDIO in association with Shine Global

Through Our Eyes: Homefront

Through Our Eyes: Homefront

Through Our Eyes: Homefront

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Watch On: Nationwide Public Television (Check local listings)
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In the US, more than three million children live in homes with servicemembers and veterans who rely on caregiver support. In HOMEFRONT, three children of veteran families cope with the emotional impact of having a wounded parent, navigate the unique challenges of visible and invisible injuries sustained during military service, and together journey toward collective healing.

Impact


In the US, more than three million children live in homes with service members and veterans who rely on caregiver support. Gabby, Terry, and Luther all have parents who were injured while serving, and each family has found a way to heal the wounds of war. Homefront shows how Gabby (9), a fierce animal lover with a stock of chickens, rabbits, bees, and dogs, loves her family and faces her fears about her Dad’s traumatic brain injury and PTSD via equine therapy. Terry (10), an enthusiastic boy and his parents, Taniki and Brandon, share their experiences and mental health struggles as they work to heal and help each other cope with depression and PTSD through honest conversation and embracing joy. Luther (9) is a charismatic boy who wants to be “like my dad when I grow up.” His father, Joe, a Navy veteran who lost his leg in an IED explosion, struggles through chronic pain to put family first.

Watch Gabbi introduce Dr. Jill Biden at the White House

Gabby Rodriguez, age 9 and one of the stars of Homefront, spoke at the White House about her experience as a military caregiver. She was part of an event with the White House’s Joining Forces Initiative, Elizabeth Dole Foundation, Wounded Warrior Project (WWP), the Hidden Helpers Coalition, and military families celebrating military and veteran caregiver children and youth. The eventmarked the first step in supporting military children with the announcement of nearly 40 public and private sector commitments for new and expanded resources, programs, and financial pledges in support of military-connected caregiver children and youth.
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Watch the panel discussions we held with experts on the needs of military children

  • Homefront director Kristi Jacobson with  Headstrong CEO Jim McDonough, Blue Star Families CEO Kathy Roth-Douquet, and Travis Manion Foundation President Ryan Manion discuss  the film and the mental well-being of veterans and their families. The conversation was moderated by Former Acting Secretary of the Army Honorable Patrick J. Murphy.  Watch here
  • Dr. Charles Marmar of NYU Langone moderated a discussion with Dr. Carl Castro of USC School of Social Work’s Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans and Military Families, Dr. Tracy Neal-Walden of Chief Clinical Officer of the Cohen Veterans Network, Dr. Amanda Spray Director of the Steven A Cohen Military Families Clinic at NYU Langone, and Dr. Amy Williams Chief Clinical Officer of Headstrong on both the resilience of military children and families and their unique mental health needs that often are not met. Watch here

Download the free companion discussion guide

Shine Global is also pleased to offer this free companion discussion guide for viewers to download.

*You can download free curricula for Shine Global’s other films here.

Our ultimate goal is to support the physical, social, and emotional health of military families and their children.

We will use HOMEFRONT to:

  • Raise awareness about the issues military families face every day, especially mental health issues
  • Demonstrate the need to better understand the children of veterans and their unique challenges
  • Inspire people, communities, and government leaders to support military families, especially their children

See more and further resources here

Awards


NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Short Form Series Nominee

Imagen Foundation Award Best Documentary Nominee

Credits


A Max Original
A SESAME WORKSHOP PRODUCTION
in association with shine global

Directed by
Kristi Jacobson

Produced by
Alexandra Blaney
Netsanet Negussie

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS 
Susan MacLaury
Albie Hecht

EDITED BY
Faisal Azam

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Stephen Bailey

ORIGINAL MUSIC BY
Angélica Negrón

FOR SESAME WORKSHOP
PRODUCED BY
Beth Miranda Botshon
PRODUCER
Lisa Diamond
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS
Melissa Dino
Jodi Nussbaum

From This Small Place

From This Small Place

From This Small Place

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Currently Playing in Film Festivals

A six-year-old boy named Hossain grows up in the world’s largest refugee camp in Bangladesh as the Rohingya refugee crisis becomes increasingly dangerous.

Impact

Hossain arrived at the refugee camps in Bangladesh with his parents and six siblings in August 2017 along with approximately 800,000 other people when violence against the Rohingya in Myanmar escalated. These refugees are at the frontlines of the most urgent challenges facing humans today, including: hate, climate change, poverty, xenophobia, and immigration.

Hossain’s story will be a heart-wrenching view into how young lives are vulnerable to these global issues. We will use this film as the centerpiece of a multi-level campaign to create change for the Rohingya people and Hossain’s family.

Awards

*To be released in Film Festivals Fall 2023

Supported by a grant from the IDA and private donors

Credits

Directed by
Taimi Arvidson

Produced by
Brette Ragland
Neaz Mahmud Roni

PRoduced in association with shine global