Little White Lie Receives ITVS Funding

Our feature documentary film Little White Lie (formerly called Outside the Box), which examines dual identities and race in America, will have a national television broadcast on PBS thanks to the Independent Television Service (ITVS). ITVS funds, presents, and promotes award-winning documentaries and dramas on public television and cable, innovative new media projects on the Web, and the Emmy Award-winning weekly series Independent Lens. Check the announcement from ITVS.

 

 

Spatial Dimensions of Race

Our new film tackles many aspects of race, one of which is geography.

In our research for the film we came across helpful information in this article that we wanted to share. Check it out and see the geographic effects of the ten most segregated cities in America in animated form. To go straight to the visual animation click here. Another helpful resource on this topic was Salon’s article from March 2011.

 

Outside the Box: Kickstarter Campaign Successful!

We needed your help raising money for our documentary project Outside the Box and you helped us reach well beyond our goal. Thank you so much! Stay tuned for updates.

We just found out that our film was selected for ITVS’s Open Call and will be released on PBS.

THE FILM: Outside the Box tells Lacey Schwartz’s story of growing up in a typical upper-middle-class Jewish household in Woodstock, NY, with loving parents and a strong sense of her Jewish identity – despite open questioning from those around her about how a white girl could have such dark skin. She believes her family’s explanation, that her dark skin was inherited from her dark-skinned Sicilian grandfather. But when her parents abruptly split, her gut starts to tell her something different and she begins to question her identity.

At the age of eighteen, she finally confronts her mother and learns the truth: her biological father was not the man who raised her, but a black man named Rodney that her mother had an affair with. Afraid to lose her relationship with her parents after finding out the truth behind her identity Lacey keeps her black identity hidden from her white family – until her biological father dies shortly before her 30th birthday and she is forced to acknowledge her blackness in front of her white Jewish family. Following the funeral, Lacey begins a quest to reconcile the hidden pieces of her life and heal her relationship with the only father she has ever known in order to move past the legacy of betrayal and family secrets that have defined her life and relationships for so long.

Outside the Box has received support from The Independent Television Service Diversity Development Fund, The Foundation of Jewish Culture, Andrea and Charles Bronfman Foundation, Netflix, Tribeca Film Festival and many amazing individuals like you.

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Why is stigma a social barrier?

At its most fundamental level, stigma operates to discredit people and exclude them from meaningful human interactions and resources. The many ways in which stigma fuels prejudice and discrimination makes it a social barrier to well-being.

Discriminating against people for who they are or where they are from robs people of their dignity before they even have a chance to speak. In a world where we are saturated with media images and stories that depict a wide variety of stereotypes – stigma is an all too common mediating variable.

Decades of research conducted on stigma have revealed many important findings that we will translate to you. In the meantime, check out Chimamanda Adichie’s amazing TED talk about one manifestation of stigma, “the single story”. We couldn’t agree more with what she has to say.