The Return: Faces of Overly Punitive Punishment

The United States serves as the country with the worlds largest incarcerated population. Triggered by a plethora of laws and policies enforced between the 1960s and 1980s we saw an even steeper increase of incarcerations during the 1990s after the implementation of even more policies. “The Return” is a documentary directed by Kelly Duane De La Vega and Katie Galloway that visits the journey of individuals who have been released back into the community after serving long prison terms.


Gift of Gab: A Second Chance

  Written by Michael Bruins “When it rains put on a jacket”, perfect advice for those who run into adversity.  “Gift of Gab” is a short film directed by Michael Jacobs that tells the story of a Timothy “Gift of Gab” Parker, a member of the Hip Hop group Blackalicious.   Suddenly impacted by the…

[AUDIO] An Inside Look at ‘Trapped’ with Director Dawn Porter

Director Dawn Porter combined her experience with law, policy, and film to introduce us to “Trapped”, a documentary aimed at enlightening audiences about the abortion debate through the lens of the service providers. Passionate about women’s health and an end to socioeconomic warfare on the working class, “Trapped” shares the narrative of the long term effects that TRAP Laws have placed on the majority of women’s health clinics around the country. The documentary has currently been making its rounds in the film festival circuit and is currently being distributed in select theaters this month. CINEMATIQ magazine talks to award-winning filmmaker, Dawn Porter about TRAP Laws, financing her projects, education, politics, and women’s rights..

[VIDEO] #TRAPPED: Through the Opposite Lens

Reviewed by Michael Bruins for CINEMATIQ Magazine Directed by Dawn Porter. Screenplay, Porter, Sari Gilman | Camera (color, HD), Nadia Hallgren, Chris Hilleke; editor, Gilman; music, Paul Brill, Elizabeth Ziman; sound, Chris Burns, Jacob “Cubby” Falls, Judy Karp, Francisco Latorre, David Schumacher, Bob Silverthorne, Tyrell Williams; re-recording mixer, Pete Horner; line producer, Jennifer Partin; associate…

[video]Motley’s Law: Fighting for “Justness” within the Realm of Justice

The constant threat of danger, the distressing impact of structural instability, and the shadows of punitive eyes watching with hopes of innocent mistakes leading to jail time; to the average person these predicaments may sound like terrifying elements of an impulsive environment. To Kimberley Motley, just consider it as a regular day and more so a distraction from her work. Meet Kimberley, a former beauty queen (Miss Wisconsin 2004) turned prominent and fearless international lawyer. Kimberley has spent the past decade working all over the world but she is primarily focused in Kabul, Afghanistan serving as an attorney to those who are caught in very complicated legal circumstances. Yes you read that correctly, an American woman, a Black & Asian American woman who does not practice Islam working in the Afghan legal system as a litigator and enforcer of justice.

Ryan Coogler, director of ‘FRUITVALE STATION‘ receives the Avenir Prize at Cannes 2013

Left to Right: Octavia Spencer, Michael B. Jordan, Ryan Coogler, Melonie Diaz New York – ( Ryan Coogler, director of ‘Fruitvale Station’ receives Avenir Prize – Un Certain Regard at the 2013 Cannes film festival.  The Weinstein Company‘s Harvey Weinstein on Fruitvale Station winning the Avenir Prize writes via Facebook: “Our huge congratulations go to Ryan…