PROFILED is a 53 minute documentary about racial profiling and police brutality.
PROFILED knits the stories of mothers of black and Latin youth murdered by the NYPD into a powerful indictment of racial profiling and police brutality, and places them within a historical context of the roots of racism in the U.S.
Ranging from the routine harassment of minority students in an affluent Brooklyn neighborhood to the killings and protests in Staten Island and Ferguson, Missouri, Profiled bears witness to the racist violence that remains an everyday reality for black and Latin people in this country and gives us a window on one of the burning issues of our time
We experience the grief families suffer in the face of such tragedies, the struggles women confront raising children in segregated neighborhoods that present few options for the young, and their anger at a justice system that often seems pitted against them.
The women organize vigils and rallies to keep the memory of their loved ones alive and seek indictments of the officers responsible for the deaths. As their demands for justice are ignored we see them transition from grieving parents to activists who join the growing grass roots movement against police brutality and racial profiling that, since the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown is now spreading across the country.
Community and theatrical screening can be booked thru the theatrical-on-demand service, TUGG. Details to follow soon.
Sponsored by Workers Unite Film Festival 2016
May 7th 2016
Sponsored by the Theater of the Oppressed Laboratory
May 20-22nd, 2016
Park Slope Colligate
Sponsored by the Len Ragozin Foundation
June 3rd, 2016
SUNY at Stony Brook LI
How Class Works 2016 Conference
June 9th, 2016
Daniel Arts Center, Simon’s Rock at Bard College
Sponsored by Berkshire Human Rights Speaker Series 2016 – BLACK LIVES MATTER
March 6 2016
8th Floor Gallery Rubin Museum
January 27th 2016
Reginald F. Lewis Museum of African American History & Culture, Maryland
MLK Birthday Celebration
Jan 16th 2016
Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore
November 10th 2015
Communication Arts Cinematheque
Ramapo College, NJ
April 16th 2015
DVD and VOD sales and rentals will be handled by Women Make Movies. Details to follow soon.
"Set in current day, following the deaths of Shantel Davis, Eric Garner, and numerous individuals dying in interactions with police, this thought-provoking film shows the continued stark disparities in our racial justice system, particularly against African Americans and Latinos. The documentary shows that the issue is not a new one; rather it aims to keep our attention trained on it so that we may create solutions."
Director of Marketing
Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture, Baltimore
“Profiled is a powerful documentary and a crucial contribution to the discussion of race and racism in America – both in terms of its economic and ideological impact. There are two features that I find most compelling in this documentary. First, it gives a voice to the family, friends, and community members of the Young men and women who have been killed by the police. Second, it provides interviews and evidence of the roots and importance of racism in American history from the beginning as a specific strategy of power elites to keep the American working-class divided by race to weaken their ability to improve the lives of themselves and their children.”
Professor of Communication Arts
Ramapo College of New Jersey
"Excellent! A very real film showing statistics and accurate data of how our families were brutalized then, during our ancestors' time and now! This has to stop! We are more than hashtags and body bags!"
Tawanda Jones, community activist, Baltimore. Sister of Tyrone West who died in police custody 2013.
Jones has been recognized by the local branch of the NAACP and Johns Hopkins University for her dedication to social justice.
"Kathleen Foster’s superb documentary is part anthropology, part history and completely on message for here and NOW. The film’s topic is extraordinarily relevant as racial profiling has certainly become the center of explosive controversy in media and society. A must see !
Berkshire Human Rights Speaker Series 2016 – BLACK LIVES MATTER — PROFILED, screened for International Women’s Day 2016.
Ricky Bernstein -Series coordinator.
"We showed a portion of the film to a group of about 60 young adults as part of a speaker series we run in the school library. After the forum, I had several students come up to me asking when they could see the whole film as they were so intrigued by the clip they had viewed. This is the sign of a good film, when the audience is left wanting more."
Kara Staunton-Shron, Librarian,
Monument Mountain Regional High School, MA
|Kathleen Foster is the director and producer of PROFILED. She is a British-born, New York-based, independent producer and director of cutting-edge films about social justice. Her work has screened nationally and internationally at a variety of venues, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Asia Society, the Queens Museum, the Brussels Fiction and Documentary Festival (Belgium), the Creteil International Women’s Film Festival (France), the World Performing Arts Festival (Lahore, Pakistan), Cinema Village, UnionDocs Center for Documentary Art, Anthology Film Archives, New York University, Columbia University, Boston University, Maryland Institute College of Art, UCLA, Howard University, and Princeton University. Etc. Her current project, PROFILED, released in Spring 2016, continues her commitment to films about social justice.|
|William Lehman, Editor, is a filmmaker and editor who lived and worked in New York City for ten years. Currently based in Oregon, his recent work includes editing the narrative feature "Come Down Molly", and contributing to the documentary films "The Yes Men Are Revolting" and "Meru", winner of the 2015 Sundance Audience Award for Best Documentary.|
|Makia Harper, Associate Producer, is a Brooklyn based documentary filmmaker, and film/media instructor. Her work explores the social, emotional, and political issues that plague today’s society. “God Speaks: Philadelphia Voices Against Violence” (2008), her first feature length documentary, was screened in festivals across the country. Her most recent film "Our Space, Our Food, Our Bedstuy" examines the lack of healthy foods available in Brooklyn and is currently being screened in local film festivals.|
Adam Goebler, Production Assistant
Aviva Skye Tilson, Production Assistant
Don Mount, Camera
Dominique Spooner, Production Assistant
Fivel Rothenberg, Camera
Harold Batista, Sound
Jesus Villalba, Camera, Editing Assistant
Julia Brown, Production Assistant
Kjerstin Rossi, Camera
Marcelle Bonaparte, Camera
Messiah Rhodes, Camera, Editing Assistant
Samantha Riddell, Camera, Editing Assistant.
Shanika Powell, Camera
(more details to come)
Profiled music CD
Email Kathleen.Foster@gmail.com or send a message below