Organizations featured in the film:
The Coalition seeks to increase higher education access and affordability for students in Missouri and Illinois by inspiring, advancing, or defeating policies at the institutional, state, or federal level that affect access and success for low-income and first-generation students.
One way the St. Louis community got involved with the film is through the nonprofit Continuity. Continuity’s mission is to expand diversity in media production through skills-based training, mentorships and opportunities for untapped talent. Continuity had a training program where we trained underrepresented, aspiring filmmakers to help edit and market the film.A lot of the scenes in the film were actually edited by students initially, and then fall 2016, Continuity had a program where students learned film marketing and had experts come in and speak to them. They helped design posters, logos, T-shirts, gave feedback on the trailer and they did grassroots marketing on the streets. See highlights from the Marketing & Distribution class.
The Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis, a nonprofit organization founded in 1920, is based upon the conviction that an educated citizenry is essential to a healthy democracy. The Scholarship Foundation provides access to postsecondary education to members of our community who otherwise would not have the financial means to fulfill their educational goals.
The Foundation sees higher education as a catalyst, an agent of change for individuals, families, communities, and nations. They envision a community that recognizes the importance of educational attainment and assures positive educational outcomes are accessible to all regardless of economic circumstance. In their community, doors will not be closed to those lack financial resources, and postsecondary education will be available to all with the potential to succeed.
This film was made in partnership with the Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis. Financial assistance for this project was provied to them by Missouri Humanities Council and St. Louis Community Foundation.
Though not featured in the film, the VLAA helped coordinate pro-bono legal assistance for the project. They are an incredible asset for any St. Louis artist needing legal or accounting assistance. Their mission is to provide quality direct legal and business services and ongoing educational programs for artists at every career level and across all arts disciplines.