Beyond the bloodshed and bullets, in urban America, there are communities where unprecedented courage resides, extraordinary families are tested and improvement is difficult to find…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 begin festival submissions in June of 2017. 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 social media members, we continue to build a nationwide network of engagement.
READ ON THE HARTFORD COURANT I grew up in Hartford, attended Hartford schools and college. I have always seen life differently. My family raised me here, we definitely struggled and yet I believe it was living in Hartford that created my determination to serve my community in deeply committed ways. Before retiring in June, I […]
For too many years, the capital city has had too many lives lost and families broken from violence. We respond with community rallies and meetings. Politicians use the issue to get elected. But with all of this talk, what preventive measures are in place to address these problems, and what programs actually help victims? Too many victims experience abandonment.
THE SWEETEST LAND is pleased to announce an innovative collaboration with the Hartford Courant. VIEW THE SWEETEST LAND’S OUTTAKE SERIES ON THE HARTFORD COURANT Prior to THE SWEETEST LAND’s completion and release, the Hartford Courant will present exclusive cutting room footage (stories not used in the film), imagery and opinion pieces from film participants. National prevention experts along side of Hartford’s […]
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 […]
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While THE SWEETEST LAND took years to construct, the events, findings and actions, could never have been predicted. Having documented years of incidents with vulnerable individuals and families, finding effective prevention services or established programs, which offered substantial improvement to a victim’s life was difficult. In fact, regardless of the year’s violent crime rate, political party in power or annual safety-net funds spent, in […]
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 […]
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