7nXqKIhNK2sCfsE00s0j7we6nmh4ZqNpraK8ndxEd5c.jpeg
IMG_0375.jpg
IMG_9985.jpg
IMG_0463.jpg
IMG_2902.jpg
FPj8GwZA7DkZxSZD4CCkBGKdJuPrhVUHEvW6OX0J4IQ.jpeg
7nXqKIhNK2sCfsE00s0j7we6nmh4ZqNpraK8ndxEd5c.jpeg

Home


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SCROLL DOWN

Home


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HOW THE KILLING OF 18 YEAR OLD MIKE BROWN
INSPIRED A COMMUNITY TO FIGHT BACK.
A PEOPLE'S DOCUMENTARY

THE ACTIVISTS AND LEADERS WHO LIVE AND BREATHE THIS MOVEMENT FOR JUSTICE BRING YOU WHOSE STREETS? - A DOCUMENTARY ABOUT THE FERGUSON UPRISING. WHEN UNARMED TEENAGER MICHAEL BROWN IS KILLED BY POLICE AND THEN LEFT LYING IN THE STREET FOR HOURS, IT MARKS A BREAKING POINT FOR THE RESIDENTS OF ST. LOUIS COUNTY. GRIEF, LONG-STANDING TENSION, AND RENEWED ANGER BRING RESIDENTS TOGETHER TO HOLD VIGIL AND PROTEST THIS LATEST TRAGEDY. IN THE DAYS THAT FOLLOW, ARTISTS, MUSICIANS, TEACHERS AND PARENTS TURN INTO FREEDOM FIGHTERS, STANDING ON THE FRONT LINES TO DEMAND JUSTICE. AS THE NATIONAL GUARD DESCENDS ON FERGUSON, a small suburb of St. Louis, WITH MILITARY GRADE WEAPONRY, THESE YOUNG COMMUNITY MEMBERS BECOME THE TORCHBEARERS OF A NEW WAVE OF RESISTANCE.

FOR THIS GENERATION, THE BATTLE IS NOT FOR CIVIL RIGHTS, BUT FOR THE RIGHT TO LIVE.

IMG_0375.jpg

Trailer


SCROLL DOWN

Trailer


Whose Streets? (Trailer)

IMG_9985.jpg

Director's Statement


SCROLL DOWN

Director's Statement


Directors' statement

Every day Americans experience a mediascape that humanizes whiteness, delving into the emotional lives of privileged white protagonists while portraying people of color as two-dimensional (and mostly negative) stereotypes. Nowhere was this more apparent than in the case of Mike Brown, who, in spite of being college bound & well regarded by his community, was portrayed as a "thug" and a "criminal." For this reason, it is essential that Black people be the ones to tell our own true stories.

Ferguson has experienced media colonization since August 9th; as all eyes turned to the protests, the Grand Jury, and the response to the non-indictment, people became desensitized by the scenes of chaos. The image of Mike Brown's tragic final moment, pants low, one shoe strewn across the street, became a meme. The victim, a young boy with a bright future, became an object of discussion -subject to apathy,  judgment, and even ridicule, but rarely compassion.  The dehumanization of Mike Brown was perpetrated by his murderer, perpetuated by the media, and reinforced by violent police repression of his community.  This was a modern day lynching.  

We are intimately aware of how we are portrayed in the media and how this portrayal encourages both conscious and unconscious racial bias. We are uniquely suited to make this film because we ourselves are organizers, activists and we are deeply connected to the events of August 9th and beyond. We are making this film, in part, as tribute to our people—our deeply complex, courageous, flawed, powerful, and ever hopeful people—who dare to dream of brighter days. This is more than a documentary...this is a story we personally lived. This is our story to tell.  

IMG_0463.jpg

photos


SCROLL DOWN

photos


PHOTOS

IMG_2902.jpg

TEAM


TEAM

SCROLL DOWN

TEAM


TEAM

DAMON DAVIS / DIRECTOR/PRODUCER

Damon is an interdisciplinary artist who works and resides in St. Louis, Missouri. The vast scope of his work includes illustration, painting, printmaking, music, film, and public art. He is both the producer and vocalist of experimental hip hop outfit Scripts N Screwz; co-founder of art collective Civil Ape; and founder of independent music and art imprint, Far Fetched. Immediately after the events in Ferguson, MO, Davis began illustrating political cartoons, speaking on discussion panels, curating art exhibitions of fellow artist activists, and making films.  Davis’ most identifiable work, All Hands on Deck, shaped and upheld the movement as a strong statement about basic human rights. Davis is a recipient of The Riverfront Times Master Mind Award (2013), an Emmy Award for Best Short Form Program with A Story To Tell (2013), St. Louis Soup Across the Delmar Divide Award (2013), and Best Hip Hop Producer SLUMfest Award (2014). He is also a Regional Arts Commission Community Arts Training Fellow (2012) and named to Alive Magazine's Buzz List (2013). Damon is an interdisciplinary artist.

 

SABAAH JORDAN / DIRECTOR/PRODUCER

Sabaah Jordan is an organizer, advocate, and storyteller born in raised in South Central LA. She entered the world of storytelling through theater and performed as a member of the Black Theater Ensemble in college. She curates the blog Sixty Million and More, an anthology of original poetry, short stories, and informative articles. She recently published an account of the non-indictment of Darren Wilson in The Experience magazine. In 2013 her advocacy work took her to Rikers Island where she interviewed dozens of incarcerated people about their experiences with trauma.Determined to expose the deep wounds inflicted on the Black community at the hands of the criminal justice system, she came to Ferguson with cinematographer Lucas Farrar in September 2014 to learn the truth behind the dramatic scenes playing out on the news. Hearing the stories of community members in Ferguson and the surrounding St. Louis area inspired her to enter the world of film. Sabaah continues to inspire others to fight for justice - on 12.13.14 she helped organize The Millions March, one of the largest marches for racial justice in New York history, in response to the non-indictment of the officer responsible for killing Eric Garner.

LUCAS ALVARADO FARRAR /  DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY

Lucas is a filmmaker and the creative director/founder of Far Fetched Future. Over the past four years he has worked largely around hip hop and jazz and the youth cultures attached to them, traveling from California to Texas and up and down the East Coast to document the field. From boxing rings and backstreet stages to apartment studios and basketball courts, his photography documents the past and present key players as they navigate this complex landscape. In addition, he has had the opportunity to shoot a meat market in Brazil, one of four ever black US fencing Olympians, an Ailey Dancer, Annie Leibovitz on set, amateur boxing in Brooklyn, a train crash on New Years Eve, an album cover for Interscope's Cozz, and much more. In the process, his work has been featured in The New YorkerThe Washington PostXXL, VICE, Complex, and in a music column in The Huffington Post. This past summer he completed a residency with NY gallery GersonZevi (www.GersonZevi.com) throughout the Southwest called Land Art Road Trip. He is currently a field producer for Revolt TV shooting and packaging content for air.

FLANNERY MILLER / PRODUCER 

Flannery is a filmmaker and impact producer committed to using visual storytelling to promote human rights and social justice. She is co-founder of Global Video Letters (GVL), a participatory media initiative dedicated to social inclusion and citizen journalism (Kabul Cards exhibited at the Nobel Peace Center in 2012). As Director of Human Rights Education at Skylight Pictures (2011-2014) she designed and produced impact campaigns for Emmy nominated Granito: How to Nail a Dictator (Official Selection, Sundance; Grand Prix Best Creative Documentary) and Disruption (2014). She produced the Dictator in the Dock short film series and managed the outreach for Skylight’s trans-media project Every Memory Matters, an interactive collective memory portal, both about the Guatemalan armed conflict and genocide.  Until recently, Flannery produced social impact media, art installations and events for Soze, a creative impact firm based in New York.

 

 

CHRIS MCNABB / EDITOR

Chris is a filmmaker, editor, and writer dedicated to the art of both fiction and non-fiction storytelling. For the last year, he has worked as the editor and post-production supervisor for The Skin Deep, a startup media company dedicated to creating interactive content. McNabb is the editor of The Skin Deep’s ongoing project {THE AND} (Official Selection, IDFA 2014), an interactive documentary about contemporary human relationships, and the accompanying short film {THE AND} Marcela & Rock (Official Selection, Sundance 2015). He is also working as the assistant editor for documentary filmmaker Lana Wilson (After Tiller) on her second feature film. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Film Studies from Wesleyan University, where his thesis film, Driven, won the NNK Award for Best Screenplay. Passionate about telling stories that are both personal and far-reaching, McNabb is currently researching and developing two documentary projects of his own and collaborating with the filmmakers of Whose Streets? in post-production.

CHRIS RENTERIA / CO-PRODUCER/ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

Chris Renteris a commercial and documentary photographer­filmmaker based in St Louis, MIssouri. Renteria captured hundreds of hours of footage and evocative stills on the streets of Ferguson and St Louis in the wake of the killing of Michael Brown. Several of these formed part of the collaborative Ferguson photo retrospective, ‘Wade in the Water’, held at the ranzberg Arts Centrarlier this year. Renteria also produced a short film featuring images of Ferguson residents, activists and organizers alongside searing audio of the mass tear gassing of one of the largest peaceful rallies on the evening of August 17th. His work has been featured by CNN, Tumblr, The Food Network, PBS and published by numerous websites, and he has held solo and group exhibitions across the country. Renteria is Co­founder and Creative Producer for The St. Louis Photo Authority®, a non­profit organization dedicated to promoting the visual arts and community engagement by training children and adults in storytelling with the mediums of photography and video. He is also producing a series of short documentaries about the events of Ferguson, the impact                                                                                                                                  on children and ways to prepare future generations to be receptive                                                                                                                                to critical social change.

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
FPj8GwZA7DkZxSZD4CCkBGKdJuPrhVUHEvW6OX0J4IQ.jpeg

SUPPORT THE FILM


Support the Whose streets? documentary

donate to the film and sign up for our newsletter 

 

SCROLL DOWN

SUPPORT THE FILM


Support the Whose streets? documentary

donate to the film and sign up for our newsletter 

 

Donate