THE ART ABOVE

I was driving on a street in Oakland when I noticed a garden of crosses in front of a church. My inspiration for this documentary began with that garden. Each cross represented a person who was murdered in the city. At the end of every year the church holds a memorial for all the victims of violence. The next day they remove the crosses creating an empty space within the garden. The crosses also represent a hope for change and that someday we won't need them.

As I began pre-production for this project I came into contact with another filmmaker who was also doing a documentary on violence in Oakland. Her name was Akeila Tolson and her story was a much more personal one. We combined our concepts into one cohesive documentary. This film is the result of a beautiful collaboration between two passionate artists.