Beyond the bloodshed and bullets, in urban America, there are communities where unprecedented courage resides, extraordinary families are tested and an ongoing fight for equality can go unheard…until now.
Envision Films, in collaboration with Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, The Hartford Police Department, The Guardian Angels, Mothers United Against Violence, WDRC’s Brad Davis and a community on the front lines of hope and sacrifice presents: THE SWEETEST LAND – a documentary film about recovery, engagement and politics – where complacency can no longer be an option.
THE SWEETEST LAND will be completed in January of 2015. We would like to thank The Center’s for Disease Control (CDC), Harvard School of Public Health, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard School of Law, Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, The Injury Prevention Center and The LEF Foundation for your assistance and engagement throughout our post production period. Sometimes a story can change everything.
With over, 30,000 FACEBOOK members, we continue to build a nationwide network of engagement.
Dr. Linda Degutis, a national leader in injury prevention and recent Executive Director for the Center’s For Disease Control’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, formally endorses THE SWEETEST LAND. Dr. Degutis invited a private excerpt presentation to the CDC for their GRAND ROUNDS series in 2014. Thereafter, Dr. Degutis recognized the film for “humanizing the issue […]
“Excerpts of your film reveals a less known and understood problem that is also of deep concern: the shameful ineffectiveness of programs intended to interrupt the cycle of violence among urban youth, and the many families that are unable to escape this daily threat. We endorse the idea of a national violence prevention strategy, which […]
Eguiders is a video website that uses a remarkable collection of industry insiders and pioneers to help people find the best original videos on the Internet. EGUIDERS describes THE SWEETEST LAND as ” a gripping trailer for a new non-partisan film produced in collaboration with various official and grass roots institutions throughout Hartford, CT. The […]
“Ever since I first saw a excerpts of the gripping and inspiring documentary The Sweetest Land, I’ve given my whole-hearted support to the meaning behind the story, captured in poignant relief by filmmaker Jeffrey Teitler. This film shows the escalation of gun violence on the streets of Hartford and the devastating impact on the city’s […]
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THE SWEETEST LAND has engaged the following individuals and organizations for advocacy and social action: US Senator (CT) Chris Murphy — Status (PENDING/TO BE ANNOUNCED) US Senator (CT) Richard Blumenthal — Status (PENDING/TO BE ANNOUNCED) US Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty — Status (PENDING/TO BE ANNOUNCED) US Congressman, John Larson — Status (PENDING/TO BE ANNOUNCED) Governor Dannel […]
Over the past five years, I have filmed victims of urban violence in Hartford, Connecticut. My camera captured intimate footage of the injured and their families as well as the surgeons, nurses and first responders who attended to them. I followed some of these stories long after the news crews left and the political speeches […]
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The SWEETEST LAND is produced by ENVISION FILMS
The Sweetest Land is supported by: LEF FOUNDATION PETER J. KNOX WISE FAMILY FOUNDATION CONNECTICUT COMMISSION ON CULTURE AND TOURISIM COMMUNITY BANK FOUNDATION CCSU FOUNDATION WADSWORTH ATHENEUM