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Bright Lights: On These Grounds
Directed by Garrett Zevgetis, documentary, English, 108 minutes, USA, 2021.
An explosive video goes viral, showing a white school resource officer in South Carolina pull a Black teenager from her school desk and throw her across the floor. An outraged nation divides over who is at fault and what role race played in the incident. Healer-Activist Vivian Anderson uproots her life in NYC and moves to South Carolina to help the girl and dismantle the system behind the “Assault at Spring Valley”. To contextualize this incident, geographer Janae Davis treks the surrounding swamps to unearth the overgrown and neglected homes of formerly enslaved people of African descent, drawing a throughline connecting trauma from the past to present. Against the backdrop of a racial reckoning and its deep historical roots, one incident illuminates a persistent American power structure.

Sep 23, 2021 07:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Garrett Zevgetis
Director @On These Grounds
Garrett Zevgetis is a Boston-based documentary filmmaker focusing on fascinating people and social change. Garrett grew up in Kissimmee, Florida, served in the U.S. Navy during Desert Storm, and earned an MFA in Media Art from Emerson College. He has directed several short films, including “A Mercenary Tale” which premiered at the Boston International Film Festival and was distributed worldwide by Ouat Media. Garrett has also worked at PBS’ FRONTLINE, at WGBH under acclaimed producer Judith Vecchione, and as a producer for the nationally syndicated public radio program, “Radio Open Source with Christopher Lydon.”
Vivian Anderson
Founder @EveryBlackGirl
Vivian Anderson is a healer-activist dedicated to building a world where all Black girls thrive. Since 1996, Vivian’s work has been rooted in youth, teen, family and community health wellbeing, racial and social justice. Vivian began her career as a teacher in 1996 at Timbuktu Academy of Science and Technology, then moved to NYC in 2000 where she would run programs and become Senior Program Director at the YMCA of Greater New York from 2000-2013. In 2012-2013, she served as the Interim Executive Director at Momentum Teens. From 2014-2015 she worked as a consultant with Girls for Gender Equity working on issues of school push out impacting girls of color. In 2015, Vivian moved to Columbia, SC and became the Founder of EveryBlackGirl, Inc, a 501c3 focused on creating the radical and systemic change needed to have a world worthy of the genius and heart of Every Black Girl.
Christopher Lewis Dawkins
Director of photography @On These Grounds
Christopher Lewis Dawkins is a visual artist and filmmaker from Rockaway Beach, NY. He has traveled throughout the US and internationally collaborating on documentaries, narrative shorts, music videos, and series. He's worked with NBC, Intel, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Uber Freight, the Stand Together Foundation, and the Singleton Foundation. He graduated from Emerson College in Film Production, and directed the short film LOVED LIKE THIS (Urbanworld Film Festival 2016, Young Filmmaker Award Finalist). He is currently a Director at Freethink and in development for an animated short film.
Kevin Bright
Executive Producer @On These Grounds
Kevin began his career producing Network Variety Shows, counting 6 Emmy Award winning “Magic of David Copperfield” specials including the Vanishing of the Statue of Liberty. Moving to LA in 1982, Bright began to focus his work on comedy, starting with the award-winning HBO special “The History of White People in America,” and then winning an Emmy Award as supervising producer on Fox's "In Living Color.”  As Executive Producers of the decade long hit NBC series “Friends,” Bright along with Partners Marta Kauffman and David Crane received the Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series as well as 10 People’s Choice Awards for Favorite Comedy Series. Kevin also directed over 60 episodes of Friends, including every season finale.  Most recently, Kevin was Executive Producer of the 2016 documentary, “Best and Most Beautiful Things” which premiered at the SXSW Festival. He recently completed two feature docs"Nureongi- Inside the Korean Dog Meat Industry" and "Never Too Late -The Doc Severinsen Story"