|THE SWEETEST LAND|
|Cast: ||David Shapiro, William Marshall, Scheuster Christie, Aswad Thomas, Luis Torres, Karla Medina, Richie Medina, Betzy Torres, September Chatfield, Tyreck Marquez, Henry Brown, Brad Davis, Enid Rey, Thomas Phillips|
|Crew: ||Executive Producers: Ronald Kowalczyk, Jeffrey Teitler - Producers: Jill Duboff, Serafin Mendez-mendez - Composer: Alek Deva
Tonight, after the gunshots, trauma pagers across the country will sound . In inner cities across America, mothers will scream and the lives of too many that matter, will forever change. Yet according to evidence, much of this was entirely preventable. Welcome to Hartford, Connecticut. Known as one of America's most violent cities, it is similar to other struggling areas across the country. However, beyond the bloodshed and bullets, every year, a new chance to save lives, advance youth and end a complicated cycle regularly presents itself. There are political speeches, millions spent and community promises made. But when the soundbites fade and the violence continues, who actually shows up?As seen through the midnight surgeons, the victims of violence, the beat cops and prevention organizations, THE SWEETEST LAND investigates the real story of violence, prevention and politics, where complacency can no longer be an option. Lives can matter.
Jeffrey Teitler holds an MFA from the Yale School of Drama and a BFA from New York University's, Tisch School of the Arts. Currently he serves as Professor of Production and Performance Studies within the Department of Communication at Central Connecticut State University. His work in film, both narrative and documentary, has been seen in festivals nationwide. He was also the filmmaking curriculum lead for the Children's Defense Fund's, Southern Rural Black Women's Initiative. www.envisionfilms.org