This July marks the 10-year anniversary of Eric Garner’s killing, a milestone for his enduring legacy and a reminder of the perpetuity of this experience for bereaved mothers like Gwen Carr.
Our mission is telling Gwen Carr’s unmatched story as compellingly as possible, letting her brilliance as the central character shine through. We will work with “Mothers of the Movement” and community leaders to use our film to spread awareness of its critical issues and cause impact.
Synopsis: Millions worldwide witnessed the video of Eric Garner’s fatal interaction with the NYPD. Garner’s mother, Gwen Carr, did not let this injustice go unanswered. This is the only first-hand POV of how Gwen confronted the NYPD and former New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio in her quest for justice.
But what happens when the news cameras go away? In Gwen’s home, she is surrounded by photos of lost loved ones that evoke memories of better times and restore her ability to carry on. Walking alongside “Mothers of the Movement,” Gwen also finds strength in her bonds with other women who have lost loved ones to police and community violence — or as Gwen describes it, “the club no one wants to be a part of.”
Despite the justice system’s failures, Gwen marches on, determined to cherish her remaining family and save other Black mothers’ sons from Eric’s fate.
Brad Bailey (Director), originally from Moultrie, GA, won Student Academy Award Gold (the first African American to do so in the Academy’s 49- year history of those awards) in 2017 for his first documentary, Hale, about disability pioneer Hale Zukas, and is currently a researcher and graduate student at Harvard University. He received his B.A. from Yale in Political Science and his Master’s in Public Affairs from Princeton and has extensive written and video experience interviewing underserved populations worldwide. The Academy invited him back to present at the 50th Anniversary of the Student Academy Awards in Beverly Hills in October 2023.
Jered Everson (Producer) studied math and science at Columbia and conducted funded biology research at Caltech and MIT in a past life, but switched to film as a full-time career directly due to this project and its resonance with his own personal background of having a mom who is a civil rights attorney in Minneapolis, MN. In 2022, Jered helped teach a Harvard Winter Session course on social justice filmmaking and was invited to the Cannes Film Festival. His focus areas on this project have been narrative / script development and project management.
Deanna Cuadra (Producer) was born in San Francisco, CA, of Nicaraguan descent and currently resides in NYC after graduating from Columbia with a degree in film and media studies. Whether as a reporter or a filmmaker, she focuses on telling stories centered on communities and institutions where inequity thrives, and social needs are systematically denied. She has focused to date on American healthcare inequities, women in the workforce, and mental health stigma. Through storytelling, she hopes further awareness will bring positive changes for key social issues.