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My Friend Ed

Website: http://www.myfriended.com

I'd like to tell you about My Friend Ed...

Ed Asner is one of the most celebrated actors of his generation, delighting audiences of all ages, from The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Lou Grant to Elf and Up. But he's also an all-American activist who refuses to budge on his ideals, no matter what anyone thinks. Beneath the tough skin of this crotchety crusader lies the heart of a true warrior for justice.


He is both demonized and idolized for his politics. From the picket lines to the Pentagon, from the Sunset Strip to El Salvador, my friend Ed has fought for the underdog, cursed out the corrupt, and been a thorn in the side of the status quo. He's spent his celebrated life on the front lines of the fight for justice, and even at 83 years old he's still at it!

"My Friend Ed" is a portrait of a patriot. Ed's image is still being distorted by certain members of the media (you know who they are) as he continues to work tirelessly for social justice, animal rights, autism awareness, and many other causes while supporting the arts and young artists all over the country. Not bad for a guy almost 84 years old. He's a model of what's possible when citizen's take the First Amendment to heart.



Twin Poets: Why I Write

Website: http://www.whyiwrite.org

A powerful tale of devotion to art and community...

Faced with the literal life and death struggle of children facing poverty and violence in Wilmington, Delaware’s tough Riverside neighborhood, Twin brothers Al Mills and Nnamdi Chukwuocha have a mission: to awaken the revolutionary spirits buried deep within the souls of an oppressed people through poetry and social action.

No one who has witnessed a performance by the Twin Poets can deny the power of their words. Their kinetic, socially-focused work has made Al and Nnamdi two of the most recognizable and respected poets on the spoken word scene.

They have performed with such legends as The Last Poets, Amiri Baraka, Sonia Sanchez, and Lamont Steptoe, and appeared on HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, at the Nuyorican Poets Café and the Apollo Theater in New York, at Philadelphia’s Painted Bride, Delaware’s Grand Opera House, and New Jersey’s Atlantic City Uptown Complex.

But despite lucrative offers from hip hop moguls, and the prospect of fame and fortune, the twins returned to Wilmington to pursue their true passion for social work. For the past fifteen years these two wordsmiths have been warriors on the front lines of a ravaged community, following in the footsteps of their father, Civil Rights Activist William “Hicks” Anderson. Their art has become a tool for action, their words a source of hope and inspiration.

A new documentary film by Hearts and Minds Film chronicles the amazing story of these two leaders, as indivisible from each other as they are from their goals and dreams. Their boundless artistic energy and their dedication to their community are a model for all young men to follow.

Tutors, mentors, community activists, leaders, scholars, summa cum laude graduates, allies, soldiers, father-figures, artists, teachers, counselors, historians, social workers, brothers, friends, fathers, sons.

All of theses titles can be summed into one name: The Twin Poets.

I Have A Dream(2008)

Website: Watch it on YouTube!
Status: In Distribution (Click HERE to order)

Honoring the Legacy...

On August 28, 1963, the great civil rights activist and humanitarian, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., inspired the world when he publicly challenged this great democracy to at last fulfill its promises to all Americans.

Nearly 45 years later, the words and sentiments of Dr. King's landmark address, "I Have a Dream" take on fresh and powerful meaning when combined with the voices of Delaware's Children.

A Dream Deferred (2007)

Website: N/A
Status: In Distribution (Contact us for ordering information)

Lest We Forget...

A 30-minute documentary film, specifically designed for use in high-school classrooms throughout the state of Delaware. The film will focus on the riots that took place in Wilmington after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1968, and the subsequent 9-month occupation of Wilmington by the National Guard. Interviews with Civil Rights pioneers, historic images and footage, and discussion with news reporters and influential community members will form the content of the project.

Estamos Aqui (2006)

Status: In Distribution (Click HERE to order)

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A Changing America...

Sussex County, Delaware, is the largest chicken-producing county in America. With four companies operating twelve processing plants in the region, the industry has been largely dependent on an immigrant labor force over the last decade. In the last ten years, thousands of Hispanics have migrated to Delaware in search of employment in its chicken plants, and a peace that has eluded their central-American homes.

Who are these new Americans, and where do they come from? Guatemalans account for the majority of this immigration wave: the largest in Delaware since the turn of the last century. Georgetown is the epicenter of this new population boom, with Hispanics now accounting for almost half of the town's population. There were just 75 Hispanic residents in Georgetown in 1990, exploding to 1,398 by the year 2000. Sussex County's Hispanic population grew from 1,476 to 6,915 in that time, an increase of 368%.

The producers follow the immigrant experience as it is happening in one small American town. With examinations of where this particular population came from and their experience of the transition. An intimate portrait of a changing America develops through views of places of employment, the schools the children attend, and the organizations dedicated to providing the necessary social services and outlets for cultural expression.

With All Deliberate Speed: The Legacy of Brown v. Board (2003)

Website: www.brownvboard.info
Status: In Distribution (Click HERE for ordering information)

The Promise of Democracy...

May 17, 2004 marked the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court's monumental decision in the cases collectively known as Brown v. Board of Education, which struck down the notion of "separate but equal" education and ended legalized segregation in America's public schools. The Brown petition represented six separate cases: in Kansas, South Carolina, Virginia, the District of Columbia and Delaware.

Referred to by many legal scholars as the "case of the century", Brown helped launch the civil rights movement that challenged America's race relations and social structure over the following decades. The legal precedent set in this groundbreaking case still serves as model for human rights activism throughout the world today. But a half-century later, scholars and community leaders are still struggling to ensure that equal educational opportunities are indeed offered to all citizens. This essential study addresses the most pressing questions about race and ethnicity in America…then and now.

This program examines the unique legal strategies employed by the NAACP and the Legal Defense Fund, Inc., to combat school segregation in the courts, uncovers the split public sentiment that fueled the social structure of the "Jim Crow" era, addresses the successes and failures in the implementation of desegregation, and most importantly, analyzes the role of diversity and multicultural education in America today.

Project: Risky Stuff (2003)

Website: www.riskystuff.com
Status: In Distribution (Click HERE for ordering information)

Are you getting involved in Risky Stuff?

According to the Centers for Disease Control, 50% of all new HIV/AIDS infections are occurring in people between the ages of 13 and 24. In a report issued in July of 2002, the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation reported that, "While HIV/AIDS has always been an epidemic of young people, the current impact may well be but the tip of the iceberg. If current trends persist, the number of young people living with HIV/AIDS could rise from the current estimate of 12.4 million to 21.5 million by the end of the decade."

Serviam Media, in partnership with AIDS prevention organizations, is addressing this issue with a new video program for classroom use, Risky Stuff. The video utilizes young voices and a pop-culture production design geared to engage junior high, and younger high school students, in a discussion about these very important issues.. A companion facilitator's guide provides ideas for engaging students in conversations about these important issues.