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VIEWPOINTS

FOR AHKEEM

Directed by Jeremy S. Levine and Landon Van Soest
FEATURE DOCUMENTARY 90 Minutes North American Premiere
FILM GUIDE FOR AHKEEM
The death of unarmed Black teenager Mike Brown at the hands of police is the sociopolitical background of this coming-of-age documentary about 17-year old Daje Shelton. She wants what countless Hollywood stories tell us young women in America want: good grades, good friends, and the perfect boyfriend. Instead, she runs afoul at her high school, is expelled, and given a last chance to graduate by attending an alternative program at the Innovative Concept Academy. Over the next two years, Daje struggles with typical teen growing pains, falling in love and fighting with mom, but also must increasingly combat the institutional and social roadblocks that keep black teens like her from succeeding in America. Through this intimate, cinematic tale of one teen’s true story, For Akheem offers nuance to her story.

—Cara Cusumano
Drama, Documentary, NY Director(s)
About the Director(s)
Jeremy S. Levine produced and edited the Emmy® award-winning feature documentary Good Fortune. Levine co-founded the Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective together with Landon Van Soest. Van Soest is an Emmy® Award-winning director and a Fulbright Scholar. His work explores social commentary through rich characters and immersive narratives. Van Soest is currently working on the documentary, Light Darkness Light.

Film Info
  • Section:
    Viewpoints
  • Year:
    2017
  • Length:
    90 minutes
  • Language:
    English
  • Country:
  • Premiere:
    North American
  • Connect:
Cast & Credits
  • Director:
    Jeremy S. Levine, Landon Van Soest
  • Cinematographer:
    Nicholas Weissman
  • Editor:
    Lily Frances Henderson
  • Composer:
    Noah Bennett Cunningham
  • Executive Producer:
    Jeff Truesdell
  • Producer:
    Nicholas Weissman, Iyabo Boyd
  • Co-Producer:
    Jeremy S. Levine
  • Field Producer :
    Bradley Rayford
  • Cast:
    Daje Shelton, Tammy Moore, Antonio Shumpert, The Honorable Judge Jimmie M. Edwards

Contacts
  • Press Contact
    Laura Sok
    Cinetic Marketing
    New York, NY 10001
    Phone: 860 480 4831
    laura@cineticmedia.com
  • International Sales Contact
    Anais Clanet
    WIDEHOUSE
    Paris, 75009
    Phone: +33 15 395 2441
    ac@widehouse.org
  • Print Source
    Nicholas Weissman
    Last Resort Doc, LLC
    Brooklyn, NY 11211
    Phone: 818 219 0111
    nick@weissmanstudio.com
  • US Sales Contact
    Ben Braun
    Submarine
    New York, NY 10013
    Phone: 212 625 1410
    ben@submarine.com

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