Campaign

On These Grounds

Film Synopsis

A video goes viral, showing a white police officer in South Carolina pull a Black teenager from her school desk and throw her across the floor. Healer-Activist Vivian Anderson uproots her life in New York City to move to South Carolina to support the girl and dismantle the system behind the assault at Spring Valley, including facing the police officer. Adding context, geographer Janae Davis treks the surrounding swamps and encounters the homes of formerly enslaved people of African descent, connecting the past to the present. Against the backdrop of a racial reckoning and its deep historical roots, one incident illuminates how Black girls, with the support of organizers, are creating a more just and equitable future for themselves and our entire education system.

Credits

Directed by Garrett Zevgetis
Produced by Ariana Garfinkel, Jeff Consiglio, Chico Colvard
Original Music by Chanda Dancy
Edited by Jeff Consiglio
Co-Editor Chrystie Martinez Gouz
Executive Producers: Kevin S. Bright, Ian Brownell
Associate Producers: Aisha Hallgren, Madison O’Leary, Eddie Wilson, Hong Zhu Cinematography by Alexandre Naufel, Christopher Lewis Dawkins, Pablo Durana, Ryan Miyamoto, Laura Kissel, Vanessa Carr

Impact Campaign

Today, police officers patrol the hallways of over half of American schools with very little vetting or oversight. Students — most often students of color, students with disabilities, and LGBTQ+ students — receive infractions from officers for adolescent behaviors that historically were addressed by school administrators, increasing the rate of suspensions, expulsions, and arrests of young people. Hundreds of thousands of young people are pushed out of schools and into the carceral system through police interaction at school. 

Represent Justice is leading an impact campaign for On These Grounds along with the filmmakers, film participants, non-profit and advocacy organizations, and system-impacted leaders. Through screenings and speaking events, we are working to shift the narrative around safety in US schools, while generating demand for removing police from our schools and investing in school-based resources for students and educators.

On These Grounds is now playing in select theaters, at community screenings, and on demand on digital platforms and cable providers.

Host a screening to share the film with your community.

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Host A Screening

We hope you will join us and host a screening of On These Grounds for your community or school. Both virtual and in-person options are available. Please fill out the short form below, and our team will be in touch with more information!

Upcoming Screenings

December 4, 2021
6:00 PM AKT
Presented by Anchorage International Film Festival (AIFF)
Anchorage Museum Auditorium
Anchorage, AK
Virtual screenings available December 3-12.
On December 4 at 6:00 pm AKT, join an in-person screening and Q&A with producer Ariana Garfinkel.
Virtual tickets and in-person tickets.

December 5 2021
7:00 PM ET
Presented by National Black Lives Matter At School
The film is available to watch from December 3-6.
On Sunday, December 5 at 7:00 pm ET, join a post-film discussion. 
RSVP for the virtual screening and discussion.

December 9, 2021
Presented by Cicely L. Tyson Community School of Performing and Fine Arts
Orange, NJ
Private events

December 9, 2021
Presented by Ninth Grade Academy
Trenton, NY
Private event

December 9, 2021
6:30 PM PT
Presented by the Berkeley FILM Foundation
The New Parkway
Oakland, CA
Q&A with producer Ariana Garfinkel.
Tickets

December 13, 2021
6:00 pm
Presented by Represent Justice
The film and panel discussion is available December 13-16, 2021
Panel discussion on the school-to-prison pipeline and extreme sentencing of youth featuring founder of EveryBlackGirl Vivian Anderson, Niya Kenny, and author and Director of the Georgetown University Juvenile Justice Clinic & Institute.
RSVP for the screening and panel.

December 15, 2021
Presented by Interagency Academy
Seattle, WA
Private event

February 1, 2022
6:00 PM ET
Presented by URBAN.Boston
Co-sponsored by the Wellesley College Project on Public Leadership and the UMass Boston John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies Department of Public Policy and Public Affairs.
Boston, MA
The film is available to watch from January 29-February 1.
On February 1 at 6:00 pm ET, join a post-film discussion. The conversation will feature Dr. Mark Warren, founder of EveryBlackGirl Vivian Anderson, and the film’s director Garrett Zevgetis, as well as youth leaders.
RSVP for the virtual screening and discussion.

Past Screenings

December 3, 2021
5:30 pm ET
Presented by the National Campaign for Police Free Schools
Co-hosted by Tenants & Workers United, Black Swan Academy, DefundNOVA, PG ChangeMakers Youth Division, Young People for Progress, and MoCo Against Brutality.
Prince George’s County, MD
The film is available to watch from November 30-December 3.
On December 3 at 5:30 pm ET, join a virtual discussion with Niya Kenny and youth leaders from local Police Free School Campaigns in the DMV.
RSVP for the virtual screening and discussion.

December 1, 2021
1:30 pm CST
Presented by School Board Partners, Our Collective Power
Join a virtual screening and the conference session Reimagining the Role of Police in Schools: Investing in Alternatives Practices that Achieve Both Safety and Racial Justice.
Register for the conference.

December 1, 2021
Presented by Curie High School
Chicago, IL
Private event

November 18, 2021
7:00 pm CT
Presented by Community Voices for Public Education
Houston, TX
On November 21, virtual discussion with founder of EveryBlackGirl, Inc. Vivian Anderson.

November 17, 2021
6:00 pm ET
Presented by the Lawyers Committee for Children’s Rights
The Nickelodeon
Columbia, SC
Panel discussion featuring founder of EveryBlackGirl, Inc. Vivian Anderson, Niya Kenny, and Walter McDaniels.

November 15, 2021
6:00 PM PT
Presented by Alliance for Gun Responsibility
Seattle, WA
Q&A with founder of EveryBlackGirl, Inc. Vivian Anderson.

November 11, 2021
Presented by Furman University Justice Forum
Greenville, SC
Q&A discussion with founder of EveryBlackGirl, Inc. Vivian Anderson.
Private Event

November 8, 2021
Presented by Curie High School
Chicago, IL
Private event

November 5, 2021
Presented by the California State PTA Health and Community Concerns Commission
Sacramento, CA
Private Event

October 31, 2021
Presented by Justice for Black Girls Means EveryBlackGirl 2021 Virtual Conference
Columbia, SC
Panel discussion with Niya Kenny, Elshadye Bussie, and Mahogany Morris. Moderated by the Managing Director of Campaign Strategy at the Advancement Project, Maria Fernandez.

October 28, 2021
6:00 pm ET
Presented by National Network for Justice
Milford, DE
Q&A with founder of EveryBlackGirl, Inc. Vivian Anderson.

October 26, 2021
5:15 pm ET
Presented by Democratic Attorneys General Association
Panel featuring Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel, Michigan Education Association President Paula Herbart, and Education Civil Rights Alliance Director Miriam Rollin. Moderated by Represent Justice CEO Daniel Forkkio. Learn more about their work in the links above.
Watch the panel discussion.

October 25, 2021
Presented by an Evanston Community Group & Juvenile Justice Initiative
Evanston, IL

October 22-28, 2021
Presented by Cinemagic Film Festival
Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK
Panel featuring Niya Kenny and producer Ariana Garfinkel.

October 18, 2021
12:00 pm ET
Presented by Education Justice Alliance
Durham, NC
Panel discussion with North Carolina students.

September 27, 2021
Galaxy Theatres Austin
Austin, TX

September 27, 2021
Galaxy Theatres Grandscape
The Colony, TX

September 27, 2021
Rogers 18 Theatre
Rogers, MN

September 27, 2021
Galaxy Theatres Mission Grove
Riverside, CA

September 27, 2021
Monticello 21
Monticello, MN

September 27, 2021
White Bear Township 17
White Bear Lake, MN

September 27, 2021
Galaxy Theatres Porterville
Porterville, CA

September 27, 2021
Emagine Birch Run
Birch Run, MI

September 27, 2021
Quality 10
Saginaw, MI

September 27, 2021
Cinema Chatham
Chicago, IL

September 27, 2021
Emagine Novi 17 + Super EMAX
Novi, MI

September 27, 2021
Emagine Noblesville
Noblesville, IN

September 27, 2021
Emagine Canton
Canton, MI

September 27, 2021
Emagine Portage
Portage, IN

September 27, 2021
Emagine East Bethel
East Bethel, MN

September 27, 2021
Lakeville 21
Lakeville, MN

September 27, 2021
Galaxy Theatres Boulevard Mall
Las Vegas, NV

September 27, 2021
Emagine Palladium 15
Birmingham, MI

September 27, 2021
Cine America Houston
Houston, TX

September 27, 2021
La Gran Plaza 8
Fort Worth, TX

September 27, 2021
Galaxy Theatres Carson City
Carson City, NV

September 27, 2021
Galaxy Theatres Victorian
Sparks, NV

September 27, 2021
Galaxy Theatres Atascadero
Atascadero, CA

September 22-23, 2021
Presented by Emerson College Bright Lights Film Series
Boston, MA
Panel discussion with director Garrett Zevgetis, cinematographer Christopher Lewis Dawkins, executive producer Kevin Bright, and founder of EveryBlackGirl, Inc. Vivian Anderson.
Watch the panel discussion.

September 9-12, 2021
Presented by Skyline Indie Film Fest
Winchester, VA

July 21-31, 2021
Presented by the Giffoni Film Festival
Giffoni, Italy

May 6-20, 2021
Presented by the Milwaukee Film Festival
Milwaukee, WI

May 6-16, 2021
Presented by the Independent Film Festival Boston
Winner of a Special Jury Award
Boston, MA
Panel with director Garrett Zevgetis, producer and editor Jeff Consiglio, and founder of EveryBlackGirl, Inc. Vivian Anderson.
Watch the panel discussion.

March 17-21, 2021
Presented by the South by Southwest Film Festival
World Premiere
Austin, TX

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