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 select festivals nationwide. It recently won the Los Angeles Film Awards, received Best Documentary at the Fort Worth Indie Film Showcase and Best Documentary at the Queens World Film Festival. It received an Excellence in Social Issues Award at Docs Without Borders Film Festival and was recently featured at Yale’s Whitney Humanities Center as part of the New Haven Documentary Festival The Sweetest Land had its Manhattan premiere at the Lower East Side Film Festival Check back for additional screenings and updates.
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.
SAINT LOUIS CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL – 2021 PEDIATRIC TRAUMA SYMPOSIUM
Additional festivals coming soon! LIVES CAN MATTER
Saint Louis Children’s Hospital Selects The Sweetest Land
For Immediate Release: Connecticut – July 27, 2021 After a long hiatus, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are pleased to announce, THE SWEETEST LAND has been selected to screen by Saint Louis Children’s Hospital w as part of their 2021 Pediatric Trauma Symposium. With an up-tick in violent crime across the country, along with […]
THE SWEETEST LAND WINS HUMANITARIAN AWARD
CONNECTICUT, January 23, 2020 The IndieFEST Film Awards, recognized by IMDB and a top 100 reviewed film festival on Film Freeway, has awarded THE SWEETEST LAND a Humanitarian Award of Distinction. Each year IndieFEST bestows Humanitarian Awards to deserving filmmakers who are committed to making a difference through impactful filmmaking that highlights a critical need of […]
SAN DIEGO BLACK FILM FESTIVAL SELECTS THE SWEETEST LAND
CONNECTICUT, January 19, 2019 We are honored to announce the SAN DIEGO BLACK FILM FESTIVAL has selected THE SWEETEST LAND. Founded in 2002, the San Diego Black Film Festival has grown to become one of the largest black film festivals in the country. THE SWEETEST LAND will screen on Saturday Feb 1st. For tickets […]
THE SWEETEST LAND WINS 3 ADDITIONAL HONORS
CONNECTICUT, December 26th, 2019 We are pleased to announce THE SWEETEST LAND has won a prestigious Award of Merit Special Mention in SOCIAL JUSTICE from the IndieFEST Film Awards. The IndieFEST Film Awards, recognized by IMDB, awards film, television, videography and new media professionals who demonstrate exceptional achievement in craft and creativity, and those who […]
INTERNATIONAL SOCIAL CHANGE FILM FESTIVAL SELECTS THE SWEETEST LAND
CONNECTICUT, September 26th, 2019 THE SWEETEST LAND will receive its Chicago Premiere at the INTERNATIONAL SOCIAL CHANGE FILM FESTIVAL, followed by a Q&A, Saturday, September 28th at the DUSABLE MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY, Chicago, IL In urban America, there are community promises made, triumphant political speeches performed and conditions, which rarely change. Yet when […]
AWARENESS FILM FESTIVAL SELECTS THE SWEETEST LAND – A LOS ANGELES PREMIERE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONNECTICUT, September 4th, 2019 THE SWEETEST LAND will receive its West Coast / Los Angeles Premiere at the AWARENESS FILM FESTIVAL, followed by a Q&A, Thursday, October 10th, 5:30-7:00 PM, LA Live Regal Cinemas, 1000 W. Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA LIVES CAN MATTER In urban America, there are community promises made, […]
THE SWEETEST LAND TO SCREEN IN MIAMI, AUSTIN AND SAINT LOUIS
We are so pleased to announce upcoming screenings of THE SWEETEST LAND at multiple film festivals in Saint Lous, Austin and Miami. Special thanks to the Capital City Black Film Festival, Urban Film Festival, commUNITY Arts Festival. Violence can be prevented. COMMUNITY ARTS FESTIVAL – SAINT LOUIS, MO – SEPT 8 CAPITAL CITY BLACK FILM […]
THE SWEETEST LAND WINS, BEST DOCUMENTARY AT THE FORT WORTH INDEPENDENT FILM SHOWCASE AWARDS
We are pleased to announce that the Fort Worth Independent Film Showcase has awarded The Sweetest Land a Best Documentary Feature, within the out-of-state film genre. On behalf of those in the film as well as those who have worked so hard on it, thank you for recognizing the often overlooked survivors of inner city […]
HARTFORD COURANT PUBLISHES A SWEETEST LAND OP-ED
Read on the Courant: When you spend nights and weekends in one of New England’s most violent cities, you realize how little you know and how much can be revealed. For years, I focused my camera on Connecticut’s capital city of Hartford. I was embedded with police, clergy, community organizations, emergency personnel and victims of […]
CONNECTICUT AGAINST GUN VIOLENCE ENDORSES THE SWEETEST LAND
This week THE SWEETEST LAND was honored to receive the endorsement of CT Against Gun Violence. Lobbying in Connecticut for over 25 years, CAGV focuses on the reduction of gun violence through education, coalition building and legislative action. For many years we have been looking for a film that speaks to diverse communities, advocates and […]
FORT WORTH INDEPENDENT FILM SHOWCASE SELECTS THE SWEETEST LAND
We are pleased to announce THE SWEETEST LAND is an OFFICIAL SELECTION within the FORT WORTH INDEPENDENT FILM SHOWCASE. The film will be featured this July 26, 2019 in Fort Worth, TX . FWIFS is a top 100 best reviewed festivals on Film Freeway. LIVES CAN MATTER.
THE SWEETEST LAND IS A FINALIST IN DAVINCI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
THE SWEETEST LAND is a selected finalist in the Davinci Film Awards. Stay tuned for upcoming screenings and additional awards. Violence is preventable. Lives must matter!
DOCS WITHOUT BORDERS AWARDS THE SWEETEST LAND
We are pleased to announce THE SWEETEST LAND has won an OUTSTANDING EXCELLENCE AWARD within SOCIAL ISSUES from DOCS WITHOUT BORDERS FILM FESTIVAL Stay connected to future screenings and updates through our FACEBOOK or INSTAGRAM pages Turn On Builder
WNPR’S WHERE WE LIVE FEATURES THE SWEETEST LAND
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 […]
AN UNFLINCHING EYE SETS THE STAGE FOR THE SWEETEST LAND – LOWER EAST SIDE FILM FESTIVAL
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 […]
OFFICIAL SELECTION – LOWER EAST SIDE FILM FESTIVAL, NYC
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 […]
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