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Watch ‘United’ – Short Doc About Impact of Michael Brown Shooting

Watch 'United' - Short Doc About Impact of Michael Brown Shooting

We have previously showcased the work of Atlanta-based filmmaker Artemus Jenkins – first, his documentary web series “P.O.P.” that dealt with the lives of
performers at an Atlanta strip club. Then he followed that up with his quirky romantic
relationship web series “Smoke and Mirrors.”

He has been
working on new projects, but with the recent tragic death of Michael brown in Ferguson
Mo., Jenkins immediately realized that he had to do something to make some sort
of statement which he hopes, as he says, would create “a call to action, especially to
others who have the ability to create media.”

His new
short documentary, which is entitled “United,” chronicles how the Atlanta
community has responded to the crisis in Ferguson and, in effect, reflects what is happening all across the country.

But Jenkins has
much more on his mind which he hopes to communicate to viewers of his video: the
impact of the visual medium as a change agent to make a difference and to get
people to act.

As he said
to me: “Upon learning that
elements of this murder were not getting covered properly, it dawned on us to
ensure our story was properly documented. As this piece was being put together
and the news footage was being compiled, ironically not only was video footage
from Ferguson hard to come by, but I didn’t find much online from other cities
either… it’s likely that someone who is less aware of the events would find
anything.” 

He went on further
to say: “There needs to be as
much VIDEO footage out there as possible for all cities doing anything around
these events. Moving images controlled by the people as opposed to mass media
provide a broader opportunity to draw real conclusions. I encourage every and
anyone who is able to film and upload what is happening in your city. Everyone,
specifically the residents of Ferguson need to see the support we all have for
them and a large amount of that support is not letting the momentum subside as
the news cycle moves on to another story””

And in
conclusion he said that: “Out of sight, out of
mind is the age old saying, so remain vigilant and visible as we continue
fighting to attain justice for all who have become victims of police brutality
and murder.”

Here’s his
short doc, “United”:

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