PBS // For Ahkeem
fter a school fight lands 17-year old Daje Shelton in a court-supervised alternative high school, she's determined to turn things around and make a better future for herself in her rough St. Louis neighborhood. But focusing on school is tough as she loses multiple friends to gun violence, falls in love for the first time, and becomes pregnant with a boy, Ahkeem, just as Ferguson erupts a few miles down the road. Through Daje’s intimate coming-of-age story, For Ahkeem illuminates challenges that many Black teenagers face in America today, and witnesses the strength, resilience, and determination it takes to survive. Producer : Nicholas Weissman

Great Big Story // Sea Change
Vacationland partnered with Great Big Story and The Nature Concervency to create a series of films about the critical need to develop a sustainable seafood supply in the long line Tuna fishing industry in Palau. Check out the films at Great Big Story Director: Kalim Armstrong Co-Producer: Nick Weissman Editor: Laura Tomaselli Original Score: Randy Armstrong

The New Yorker // Whitney Plantation
Discussing the legacy of slavery in America is still a complex and difficult conversation to have. How do we confront this horrible and defining period of our shared history? This is a film about a place that is attempting to do just that: The Whitney Plantation. It’s a former plantation, founded in 1752 and located in Louisiana along the historic River Road, which winds down the Mississippi toward New Orleans. John Cummings, a lawyer who founded the museum, spent sixteen years planning and over eight million dollars of his own money to restore this site, which honors the memory of those who were enslaved on plantations and whose labor helped build this country. Check out the film at New YorkerDirector: Kalim Armstrong Producer: Nicholas Weissman

The Forge
Based in Peckham, a cultural and creative melting pot in south London, Blenheim Forge is the steel workshop of three young British artisans. Coupled with the score of Franz Shubert, the trio display balletic precision as they brave through the grit and heat of the forging process, in the pursuit of creating high quality chef knives. a film by Carlos Carneiro // shot by Bruno Ramos // assisted by Orestis Lambrou // edited by Mitchell Tolliday // grade by Filipe Fernandes // Exec Produced by Terence Teh & Kat Popiel www.onplatestillhungry.com © 2016

New Yorker // The Diamond Cutter
In New York City’s diamond district, behind the glistening jewelry markets and through a maze of narrow corridors, sits a ninety-two-year-old diamond cutter named Max Fuchs. He works quietly at a cutting bench cluttered with blocky metal tools, his hands worn from years of shaping rough stones into modern cuts. As the diamond industry moves abroad for lower-cost labor, Fuchs believes he is among the oldest in an ever-shrinking field of New York diamond cutters. He takes pride in his craft: “You can take a diamond that’s, let’s say, a broken diamond, and you bring it back into shape. … It’s a masterpiece—like Picasso.” Director: Nicholas Weissman

TIME Magazine // Ferguson // VIMEO Staff Pick
Looting, chanting, tear gas, rubber bullets - these are the images from Ferguson, Mo. entering American homes. But some protesters are armed with little more than chalk and paper signs, hoping simply to create a simple memorial for Michael Brown, the teenager killed by a police officer in the St Louis suburb on Aug 9th, 2014. Producer: Nicholas Weissman Producer: Jeremy Levine

The Iron Triangle // VIMEO Staff Pick
Located in the shadow of CitiField, the junkyard community of Willets Point, aka The Iron Triangle, stands its ground against eminent domain and planned redevelopment. Though the area is being declared a blight, taxpaying business owners argue that the city has created the situation by refusing to provide sewers, street repair, and proper waste disposal over the years. The main advocate for the workers of Willets Point is a native 76 year old resident who refuses to leave. Director: Nicholas Weissman Director of Photography: Corey Wascinski.