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 is screening in selected festivals nationwide now. It was the festival Winner of the Los Angeles Film Awards and the Queens World Film Festival. Most recently, it was featured at Yale’s Whitney Humanities Center as part of the New Haven Documentary Festival
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.
DOCS WITHOUT BOARDERS FILM FESTIVAL – TO BE ANNOUNCED
FORT WORTH INDIE FILM SHOWCASE – TO BE ANNOUNCED
Additional festivals coming soon! LIVES CAN MATTER
Urban Gun Violence Is A Problem. What Are The Solutions? By CARMEN BASKAUF & LUCY NALPATHANCHIL Where We Live In 2017, nearly 40,000 people died from gun violence in the U.S. according to the CDC. Aswad Thomas is a survivor. A victim of a Hartford shooting outside a convenience store in 2009. He is also […]
SEE IT ON THE LOWER EAST SIDE FILM FESTIVAL’S BLOG June 8, 2019 AN UNFLINCHING EYE SETS THE STAGE FOR THE SWEETEST LAND, DIRECTED BY JEFFREY B. TEITLER. Whether you live in New York City or Roswell New Mexico, gun violence has become a nationwide epidemic. Through extensive research and lengthy persistence, Jeffrey Teitler examines an […]
We are so pleased and honored to announce that THE SWEETEST LAND has been selected to screen, on June 10th, 2019 within the Lower East Side Film Festival. NYC. EVENT DETAILS 7:00 PM Doors Open | Open Beer & Wine Bar! 7:30 PM Film Begins 8:30 PM Q&A with Filmmakers VENUE Village East Cinema 181-189 […]
We are so pleased to announce that THE SWEETEST LAND has won Best Documentary Feature in the Los Angeles Film Awards. Thank you LAFA!!! https://www.lafilmawards.net/february-2019
Read on the NEW HAVEN INDEPENDENT This is the first of a series of reviews of movies showing at the New Haven Documentary Film Festival, or NHDocs, which runs May 30 through June 9 at the Whitney Humanities Center at Yale, the main branch of the New Haven Free Public Library, Cafe Nine, and the […]
Read On the Hartford Courant by Susan Dunne In 2009, Aswad Thomas was a college grad and was looking forward to a career playing basketball in Europe. That didn’t happen. On Aug. 24, Thomas was shot on Albany Avenue in Hartford while leaving a convenience store. Thomas survived and walked again, but his life changed forever. […]
Featured at The Museum of the Moving Image in Queens, NY, we are so pleased to announce that THE SWEETEST LAND was the festival winner. Thank you, QWFF https://www.queensworldfilmfestival.com/winners/
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 […]
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