Beyond the bloodshed and bullets, in urban America, there are communities where unprecedented courage resides, extraordinary families are tested and an ongoing fight for equality can go unheard…until now.
THE SWEETEST LAND is screening in select festivals nationwide. It recently won the Los Angeles Film Awards, received Best Documentary at the Fort Worth Indie Film Showcase and Best Documentary at the Queens World Film Festival. Additional awards include an “
“Excellence in Social Issues” at Docs Without Borders Film Festival and was recently featured at Yale’s Whitney Humanities Center as part of the New Haven Documentary Festival The Sweetest Land had its Manhattan premiere at the Lower East Side Film Festival
We would like to thank The Center’s for Disease Control (CDC), Harvard School of Public Health, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard School of Law, Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, The Injury Prevention Center, The Hartford Courant and The LEF Foundation for your assistance and engagement throughout our post production period. Sometimes a story can change everything.
Envision Films, in collaboration with Saint Francis Hospital, The Hartford Police Department, The Guardian Angels, Mothers United Against Violence, WDRC’s Brad Davis, Life Star and a community on the front lines of hope and sacrifice presents: THE SWEETEST LAND – a documentary film about recovery, engagement and politics – where complacency can no longer be an option.
THE SWEETEST LAND – FESTIVAL NEWS AND SCREENINGS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONNECTICUT, September 4th, 2019 THE SWEETEST LAND will receive its West Coast / Los Angeles Premiere at the AWARENESS FILM FESTIVAL, followed by a Q&A, Thursday, October 10th, 5:30-7:00 PM, LA Live Regal Cinemas, 1000 W. Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA LIVES CAN MATTER In urban America, there are community promises made, […]
We are pleased to announce upcoming screenings of THE SWEETEST LAND at multiple film festivals in Saint Lous, Austin and Miami. Special thanks to the Capital City Black Film Festival, Urban Film Festival, commUNITY Arts Festival. Violence can be prevented. COMMUNITY ARTS FESTIVAL – SAINT LOUIS, MO – SEPT 8 CAPITAL CITY BLACK FILM FESTIVAL […]
We are pleased to announce THE SWEETEST LAND is an OFFICIAL SELECTION within the FORT WORTH INDEPENDENT FILM SHOWCASE. The film will be featured this July in TX . FWIFS is a top 100 best reviewed festivals on Film Freeway. LIVES CAN MATTER.
We are pleased to announce THE SWEETEST LAND has won an OUTSTANDING EXCELLENCE AWARD within SOCIAL ISSUES from DOCS WITHOUT BORDERS FILM FESTIVAL Stay connected to future screenings and updates through our FACEBOOK or INSTAGRAM pages
By CARMEN BASKAUF & LUCY NALPATHANCHIL Where We Live In 2017, nearly 40,000 people died from gun violence in the U.S. according to the CDC. Aswad Thomas is a survivor. A victim of a Hartford shooting outside a convenience store in 2009. He is also one of the people featured in the documentary The Sweetest […]
We are so pleased and honored to announce that THE SWEETEST LAND has been selected to screen, on June 10th, 2019 within the Lower East Side Film Festival. NYC. EVENT DETAILS 7:00 PM Doors Open | Open Beer & Wine Bar! 7:30 PM Film Begins 8:30 PM Q&A with Filmmakers VENUE Village East Cinema 181-189 2nd Ave, New […]
Read on the NEW HAVEN INDEPENDENT This is the first of a series of reviews of movies showing at the New Haven Documentary Film Festival, or NHDocs, which runs May 30 through June 9 at the Whitney Humanities Center at Yale, the main branch of the New Haven Free Public Library, Cafe Nine, and the […]
Read On the Hartford Courant by Susan Dunne In 2009, Aswad Thomas was a college grad and was looking forward to a career playing basketball in Europe. That didn’t happen. On Aug. 24, Thomas was shot on Albany Avenue in Hartford while leaving a convenience store. Thomas survived and walked again, but his life changed forever. […]
We are so pleased to announce THE SWEETEST LAND has won BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE at QUEENS WORLD FILM FESTIVAL THE SWEETEST LAND was featured at The Museum of the Moving Image in Queens, NY. Thank you, QWFF https://www.queensworldfilmfestival.com/winners/
READ ON THE HARTFORD COURANT I grew up in Hartford, attended Hartford schools and college. I have always seen life differently. My family raised me here, we definitely struggled and yet I believe it was living in Hartford that created my determination to serve my community in deeply committed ways. Before retiring in June, I […]
READ OP-ED ON THE COURANT It should have been an enjoyable day. I was at a basketball tournament in Hartford a few months ago and the energy was great. Some 200 people cheered, bikes were given away to community youths, and donation bins accepting clothing for families in need were filling up. That’s when the […]
THE SWEETEST LAND is pleased to announce an innovative collaboration with the Hartford Courant. VIEW THE SWEETEST LAND’S OUTTAKE SERIES ON THE HARTFORD COURANT Prior to THE SWEETEST LAND’s completion and release, the Hartford Courant will present exclusive cutting room footage (stories not used in the film), imagery and opinion pieces from film participants. National prevention experts along side of Hartford’s […]
Over the past five years, I have filmed victims of urban violence in Hartford, Connecticut. My camera captured intimate footage of the injured and their families as well as the surgeons, nurses and first responders who attended to them. I followed some of these stories long after the news crews left and the political speeches […]
THE SWEETEST LAND is supported by LEF Foundation, Peter Knox, The Wise Family Foundation, Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism and The CCSU Foundation
To donate to THE SWEETEST LAND, Click the CCSU FOUNDATION. Please specificy, “OTHER” and write “THE SWEETEST LAND” All donations are tax deductible.