Fab Five Freddy
Fab Five Freddy Fred Brathwaite, popularly known as Fab 5 Freddy, is an American visual artist, filmmaker, and hip hop pioneer who hosted Yo! MTV Raps. Fred recently directed the Netflix feature documentary Grass Is Greener about the history of cannabis, race, and criminal justice in America.
Stefan is an Emmy-nominated, IDA Award-winning screenwriter and filmmaker. His film Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story won the IDA Emerging Filmmaker Award, the George Polk and Edward R. Murrow Journalism Awards, and was a WGA Award finalist. It was a Critic's Pick in the New York Times and Washington Post, who called it "One of the greatest political films ever."
Producer Tia Wou is an entrepreneur and producer of the award-winning documentary film Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story, a Critic’s Choice in the New York Times and the Washington Post, which called it “one of the best political films ever.”
Producer Amir Soltani is an Iranian-American writer and historian, Emmy-nominated director of the ITVS documentary Dogtown Redemption, and author of Zahra’s Paradise, a New York Times bestselling graphic novel about human rights in Iran which has been translated into 16 languages.
Jonathan Sanford is a Los Angeles-based composer and saxophonist. He recently scored the drama feature National Champions starring J.K. Simmons, the Universal / Netflix comedy feature Good On Paper starring Iliza Schlesinger and Margaret Cho, and the Netflix series Social Distance. He has shared a stage with legendary performers Max Roach, Eddie Palmieri, and Bobby McFerrin.
Sam Pollard is an Emmy Award-winning and Oscar-nominated producer, director and editor. His films include MLK/FBI (2020), Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me (2017), Mr. Soul! (2018), When The Levees Broke (2006), Bamboozled (2000), Four Little Girls (1997) and Eyes on the Prize (1987).
Dr. Henry Louis “Skip” Gates Jr. is the Director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University. Andrew Delbanco is the Alexander Hamilton Professor of American Studies at Columbia University. Stanley Richards is the First Deputy Commissioner of the NYC Department of Corrections. Sean Patrick Griffin, PhD. is Department Head of Criminal Justice at The Citadel. Third Settlements is a DEI consultancy founded by Dax-Devlon Ross, Rico Blancaflor, and Chirag Menon.
In 1973, four young African-American men stealing guns for self-defense were cornered by the NYPD. Could visionary police psychologist Harvey Schlossberg convince his superiors to do the unthinkable – negotiate with “criminals” – and save twelve hostages from a violent bloodbath? In never-before-seen film and eye-opening interviews, HOLD YOUR FIRE has the potential to revolutionize American policing.
Partial proceeds will go to: 1. The Osborne Association, which heals trauma and builds opportunity for families affected by crime and incarceration. 2. POPPA, an NYPD mental health support network which reduces PTSD, marital problems, substance abuse and suicide.
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