For Ahkeem

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North American Premiere

USA | 90 MINUTES

FOR AHKEEM

Drama, Documentary, NY Director(s)
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

CAST & CREDITS

Directed by Jeremy S. Levine and Landon Van Soest

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.
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
IFC Films
New York, NY 10001
Phone: 646 740 5668
teampr@ifcfilms.com
Print Source
Nicholas Weissman
Last Resort Doc, LLC
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Phone: 818 219 0111
nick@weissmanstudio.com
US Sales Contact
Ben Braun
Submarine Entertainment
New York, 10013
Phone: 212 625 1410
ben@submarine.com
International Sales Contact
Anais Clanet
WIDEHOUSE
Paris, 75009
Phone: +33 15 395 2441
ac@widehouse.org