"Know How" - Official Trailer
"Know How," the first-ever, feature film written and acted by youth in foster care. Their lives. Their stories. Their voices. Directed by Juan Carlos Piñeiro Escoriaza. It stars Joshua Elijah Adams, Deshawn Brown, Niquana Clark, Michael Kareem Dew, Gabrielle Garcia, Ainsley Henry, Gilbert Howard, Lee Jimenez, Claribelle Pagan, and Ebonee Simpson.
A film written and acted by foster care youth ripped from the stories of their lives. Five youth’s worlds interweave as they confront loss, heartbreak, and come of age in this tale about transience and perseverance. Addie struggles to graduate from high school while her best friend Marie loses her grandmother. Megan copes with being taken from her abusive family and faces the harsh reality of living in a residential treatment center. All the while Eva works to be mother to her sister while their father falls deeper into a crack addiction. Finally, there’s Austin who’s living on the street with his brother; barely able to feed himself. All of them must decide to survive or else fall victim to a broken system.
We’re aiming to get 10,000 views of our KNOW HOW TRAILER before our World Premiere on March 8th! We already have 1,246 in one day!
If you have the time, can you share our trailer and get five of your friends to watch it?
I know we can do it (because my friends are awesome and so are yours!) and take our film one step further toward changing the future of foster care!
A FILM THAT TELLS THE NARRATIVE OF THE PEOPLE BY THE PEOPLE. LIKE CAN WE SIGNAL BOOSTS THE FUCK OUTTA THIS PLEASE?!
This looks great
Thank you to everyone who has watched, shared, and helped us get to 2,000+ views in two days!
Please continue to share this and help us get to 10,000 views by March 8th!
Our world premiere will be in San Jose, California. If you or anyone you know is in the San Jose area, encourage them to go see the film!
We are working on getting more movie screenings set up in other cities.
In the meantime, if you want to buy tickets to see the film, click this link: http://payments.cinequest.org/websales/mobile/info.aspx?evtinfo=19603%7e78899376-35a9-4153-8303-e1557be2dc32&epguid=70d8e056-fa45-4221-9cc7-b6dc88f62c98&!
As someone who was in foster care for many years, being able to do this film has been life changing and such an honor. Honestly, as cool as it is to be in this film. What I want more than anything is to change the foster care system.
So please please continue to signal boost this trailer. Help us share our stories with the world. Help us help other youth in the foster care system and let them know they’re not alone. Help us change this fucked up system.
Yay, ticket purchasing link! And can I say how I appreciate that there’s no service charge?! I was expecting there to be one but there isn’t and that’s amazing. Only $10 a ticket, everyone!!
This is incredible, please support!
You should watch this trailer, it looks amazing.
crezias asked: hey :) am I right in thinking you go to king's? because I just got an offer, and I'm trying to decide between there and Bristol! xxx
Hello! Thank you for the question, you’re about to know everything you could ever wish to know about King’s (and the little I know about Bristol).
I should start, however, by saying that I study Philosophy & Theology, due to my history blog, people often assume I study history, which isn’t the case. But I will start there: King’s has one of THE best Theology courses ever, it’s amazing, it’s so well funded and there is so many options. I’m unsure how much freedom you have for module choosing, but if you’re going to do any religious history (especially Britain during the Reformation - Civil War - Toleration act) the history components of the Theology course are amazing. So, if you like religion in your history, you’re sorted.
Next, I’ll talk about the AKC - which means Associates of King’s College. This is an extra course you can take alongside your degree in ANY subject and it focuses on the main strands of Theology: philosophy of religion, ethics, problem of evil, etc. You don’t have to do any wider reading for it, you just have to go to the lectures, or watch the lectures at home - seeing how they’re recorded - and if you get what they tell you down, and take an exam, you get to be an associate. The best thing about that, is it means you get to use the letters AKC. So, you might be Dr. Crezias AKC - cool huh?
My favourite thing about King’s, and as a humanities student this will apply to you too, is that we have an amazing library. It’s called the Maughan Library, and it is literally based in a castle.
As a history student, I know you must appreciate awesome old buildings and getting to study in one is a dream. You feel so inspired when you go there. And it helps that this building is STUFFED with humanities books. Because of having such a huge space, they’re awesome at stocking multiple copies of the course books, so in your first year, you shouldn’t have to spend too much on buying books. [I say first year, they’ll have second year books too, but by then you’ll definitely want to be able to scribble over your own copies]. As a first year you can automatically take out 15 books at a time, you can renew as many times as you like [online] without having to show them the book, as long as no one requests it [luckily, they have multiple copes, so this shouldn’t be too bad] and you can make requests for absent books. On top this, King’s has a great online library of books, and I know my course is great for uploading digital versions of core texts/articles.
On the topic of old buildings, you’ll be in the strand campus, and if you rock over to see me in the Philosophy/Religion section, you can check out the awesome entrance and the chapel. If that’s not cool enough, you can nip next to Somerset house, which is also a king’s building!
For the worst things about King’s - and this is probably really good general advice at University - the teachers can seem a bit intimidating, and if you’re studying history you might end in some really large lectures where the teachers will never even know your name. So you REALLY have to just suck it up and go visit them in their office hours, or just email them, and you’ll realise just how much help they’ll give you. If I’d have known how warm the teachers are, how they have TONS of additional material and reading suggestions for every lecture, my first set of essays would have been easier. Luckily, I’ve learnt now. I say this because some people whine about the lack of contact hours, especially seeing how seminars are run by GTAs so you don’t get to even talk to your lecturers there, but if you make time for them, they seriously make time for you.
I could tell you about London in general, but I’m almost worried to on a site like Tumblr because people obsess over London so much, it’s like they forget that it rains all the time, and you don’t meet the Queen, and not every tube stop is decorated like Baker Street’s Sherlock Holmes walls. But, it is amazing. Especially if you come from a little town like I do, the amount of times in my life I’ve thought ‘if only it was near me’ - well now it is. I live next door to Anime Cons, and niche couscous bars. You learn that Camden is so overrated, because just go to East London and check out Roman Road. It’s all so cool. But the best thing, is that you can really be yourself, and be alone. Like, it’s such a big place that you can easily do your own thing, even if that means not bothering with all the hype. You suddenly realise that all your hang ups about doing things by yourself, just don’t matter here, because there’s someone sitting next you doing an even bigger taboo. [I went to a restaurant by myself for the first time ever here in London, something I never thought I could do before]
I’d love to tell you all about the Societies at King’s, but there’s just too many. But the best thing about King’s is that you’re part of University of London. Which means that you get to join all the other Universities’ societies as well. For example, I’m going to Queen Mary’s socialist society social this weekend, and I go to UCL’s debate society some weeks. This also goes for libraries and modules by the way. You’ll be able to use libraries in most of the London Universities, and even be able to take modules in those Universities. It all comes under the idea that ‘London is your campus’.
Now, I’d love to just tell you that Bristol sucks, but it obviously doesn’t otherwise people wouldn’t go there. I have friends who go there, and the seem to enjoy it. But the times I’ve visited there, I just haven’t ‘got’ why. But that might just be me. One awesome thing about Bristol though, is just how close it is to Cardiff. People to realise how quick [and cheap] it is to go there, and Cardiff is amazing, so that’s pretty cool.
Anyway, I hope this answered your question, feel free to ask me anything else (:
Summer ‘06. I am 13 years old, I’m drinking alcohol for the first time and I just tasted my first ever cigarette. I’m far too scared to try weed, but I’ve suddenly noticed that I have more friends the less clothes I wear. It’s warm, for England that’s amazing, we have weeks on end of no rain, and all our friends appear to have empty houses. We have more parties that summer than I’ll ever have again. I kiss more people than I know names, I shut my eyes and dance to whatever we can get playing off our phones hooked up to someone’s brother’s speakers.
There’s more sex, alcohol and drugs than I’ll ever let my mother know. Most of it watched, eager eyed, by the youngest person there: a 13 year old girl who thinks her friends have reached the height of maturity because they are one school year older than her.
We cried together nearly as much as we laughed, we fell in love and in & out of friendship in a heart beat depending on which house, which room, which song was playing.
I don’t think we could make up our minds on whether we were grown up, or too young to ever make it to adulthood. I remember thinking that if this is what it’s like to be a teenager, I was surely going to die before I made it to being an adult. In retrospect, that prophecy appeared true for many of my friends.
If I could go back and tell her that everything would turn out all right, I wonder if she’d make more or less mistakes.
collegeahistory replied to your post “Tickets are now available for the BAFTA Video Games Awards ceremony,…”This is so unfair. Last year my friend was nominated for his music on the game Thomas Was Alone. I wish it had been open to the public then.
You know David Housden? That is awesome, I had no idea! I really am not fond of the fact that big triple AAA game studios always tend to have the same kind of music in their games, if they’re even worth noting at all, thank God the indie games industry is secure enough these days to be able to be really experimental in their music as they are in their games. Housden deserves particular respect in this regard as a lot of indie games use 8 bit inspired music to score their games, with the result being that they are difficult to differentiate, but Housden’s soundtrack? It stands out it really does
Yeah, David & I have been close friends for years. Strangely, I saw him yesterday, even though he only comes into London now & again.
His music for Thomas was sensational, I fell in love with it as soon as I heard the title track ‘Where are you?’ for the first time while the project was still under way. [Although, I think freedom, the final track, is one of my favourites too]. It was interesting finally playing the game months later, because the game sound track is ‘looped’ in some way, so each piece can play for as long as it takes you to play each level, and it completely changed the songs and I was surprised how well it worked. [Obviously, as his friend, I totally prefer the songs in their original format]
Have you heard his piece for the the Volume announcement trailer? Sometimes I find it hard not to be biased, as I know him & I knew him when he was playing gigs with his band in our local pubs, but it gave me chills.
Black people have been present in Britain since its early history. A troop stationed at Hadrian’s Wall in the third century AD was reported to include black soldiers and, in medieval times, black musicians were a common feature of Britain’s courts. In the 18th century Britain’s increasing mastery of transatlantic trade, particularly its dominant role in the trade in enslaved Africans, brought about a significant increase in its black population. By 1770 this population is estimated to have numbered around 15,000 people, based largely in London and around ports involved in transatlantic trade such as Bristol and Liverpool.
Black Britons worked in a variety of professions; as sailors, shopkeepers, artisans, labourers, peddlers and street musicians, amongst others. The biggest employment sector for both white and black populations was domestic service and a large number of black people worked as servants, butlers, valets and other domestic helps. Unlike their white counterparts it is probable that black domestic workers were largely unpaid and unable to voluntarily leave their employer. The social and legal position of black people in Britain remained precarious throughout the 18th century and, as Norma Myers has noted, ‘as late as 1785 black people continued to be regarded and indeed, treated as property’.
Some Africans were able to resist the anonymity and oppression of domestic service and attain a profile for themselves. Examples include Francis Barber (ca. 1735-1801), the Jamaican-born valet, secretary and later heir of Samuel Johnson, also Ignatius Sancho (1729-1780), born on a ship transporting slaves from Africa to the West Indies, butler to the Montagu family, later owner of a Westminster grocery shop and best-selling author of a collection of letters, published in 1782. The records of other African lives marked by slavery have been lost to us but are likely to be as varied as a racist society permitted.
Despite the diversity of black people in Britain and the occupations they held, in the visual culture of the period they appear most frequently in the role of domestic servant. The black servant is typically depicted as a boy or young man wearing a form of orientalised dress (or, at the very least, a feathered turban) in an affluent urban domestic environment. He is rarely pictured at the centre of the scene, which is usually dominated by white subjects, but is generally positioned at its margins. He is often associated with new commodities made available through transatlantic trade, such as tobacco, coffee, chocolate or tea (drunk with sugar from West Indies plantations).
An analysis of 18th century images of Black Britons as (indentured and not) servants in art history in the 18th Century from the Victoria and Albert Museum. I like that it stresses the fact that the images of Black people as marginal figures don’t reflect the actual diversity in the lives of real people in that area during that time.
As you can see from the title, this post is to commemorate my 500th post on tumblr. Two years ago I started this blog to stimulate and document my history A Level (taken at a British ‘college’, not to be confused with an American ‘college’ which is more like a University).
To pay proper respects to this auspicious day, I will do the following:
Finally write a proper ‘about me’ (I said I’d do this ages ago). Explain my blog a little, (2 years and only 500 posts!?) And share with you my favourite blogs that I follow and why.
This is probably going to end up as quite the hefty post, so I’m going to put the rest of it under a cut.
If you’re not the sort of person who enjoys reading longs post (although, seeing how you read my blog, you probably do) thank you for following me and sharing with me the first 500 posts. Hopefully there will be many more.