Bridging Stories

Bridging Stories We seek to make connections and create new unions by telling stories that add to our beautiful, yet fractured collective—stories of loss, love, and hope.

From birth until death (and perhaps, beyond), we say over and over: “Once upon a time, or Tell me a story...” Bridging Stories seeks to make connections and create new unions by telling stories, through various medium, that add to our beautiful, yet fractured collective—stories of loss, love, and hope. We ask that you join us on our journey to document humanity through storytelling.

Operating as usual

Much of the six million years of human existence have been unexceptional, with our ancestors going about the day to day ...
11/26/2020

Much of the six million years of human existence have been unexceptional, with our ancestors going about the day to day of hunting, gathering, working, playing, living, and dying. But, ever so often something happens that challenges what it truly means to be human, an inflection point that changes who and what we are. So far, humanity has survived these tests, integrating new knowledge (mentally, physically, spiritually) which allowed our species to evolve. We are in one of those times now, and not just because of the pandemic. Personally, for this I am thankful—to be able to say that I lived through one of those rare times when we collectively get to know how exceptional we are. How beautiful we are. To live in and experience this unprecedented time, knowing that we will be stronger (mentally, physically, spiritually) because of it. Of course, there is the pain, the fear, and the loss. And of course we should honor the many who have not and will not survive this year. But let’s also look ahead and give thanks to that slither of light we see growing on the not so distant horizon.

Wishing you all a restful and safe Thanksgiving.  #thanksgiving #humanity

I should add that this is wonderfully surreal for another fact. #kamalaharris is a #howarduniversity Bison, and our time...
11/08/2020

I should add that this is wonderfully surreal for another fact. #kamalaharris is a #howarduniversity Bison, and our time at the Mecca intersected. Here she is in 1983. I did not know her—there were ten thousand beautiful distasteful on the yard and the brothers couldn’t know them all. Still, she represents what is best of the #hbcu experience. She is is, and we are she.

11/07/2020

#catharsis

Three hour line but the deed is done. Cathartic! #earlyvoting
10/27/2020

Three hour line but the deed is done. Cathartic! #earlyvoting

An October foggy night in #newarknj #2020 weirdness continues. Carry on.
10/22/2020

An October foggy night in #newarknj #2020 weirdness continues. Carry on.

Bridging Stories's cover photo
10/07/2020

Bridging Stories's cover photo

Thanks for everyone who supported our film. This has been a great festival and good news— we won Best Inspirational Film...
10/05/2020

Thanks for everyone who supported our film. This has been a great festival and good news— we won Best Inspirational Film. #humbled.

Great festival weekend. And our film won Best Inspirational Film. Thanks for everyone who supported. Onward...
10/05/2020

Great festival weekend. And our film won Best Inspirational Film. Thanks for everyone who supported. Onward...

UPDATE: As promised, we are very proud to announce the WORLD PREMIERE of our short documentary about Willingboro, New Je...
10/03/2020

UPDATE: As promised, we are very proud to announce the WORLD PREMIERE of our short documentary about Willingboro, New Jersey and Growin up in willingboro IN the 70s. The film, Willingboro: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow is screening at the Culture & Diversity Film Festival. Details are on the poster and at http://www.cdfilmfest.com/schedule.html. Please note that all screenings at CDFF are FREE. This is a great opportunity to see films dedicated to diverse voices, so I hope many of you will not only check out our ‘Boro doc, but many of the other great films. There is a 30 minute Q&A following our screening block and hope to see you virtually tomorrow evening.

Why I’m about to give up all of this nonsense. We are being played. #thesocialdilemma
09/14/2020

Why I’m about to give up all of this nonsense. We are being played. #thesocialdilemma

The scariest movie I have ever seen. #hereditarymovie
09/07/2020

The scariest movie I have ever seen. #hereditarymovie

Despite the madness infecting our nation, there is always beauty. #magichour #unfiltered
08/31/2020

Despite the madness infecting our nation, there is always beauty. #magichour #unfiltered

Rest in Greatness, Chadwick Boseman. “A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you many of the fi...
08/29/2020
‘Black Panther’ Star Chadwick Boseman Dies of Cancer at 43

Rest in Greatness, Chadwick Boseman.

“A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much,” the statement said. “From ‘Marshall’ to ‘Da 5 Bloods,’ August Wilson’s ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’ and several more, all were filmed during and between countless surgeries and chemotherapy.”

The actor also played groundbreaking figures like James Brown, Jackie Robinson and Thurgood Marshall.

Timeline Photos
08/28/2020

Timeline Photos

Tell us: Are you ready to go back to the theatre? If so, why? If not, when? Thx!"...So they unveiled a campaign called C...
08/27/2020
New Safety Standards for Moviegoing as U.S. Theaters Reopen

Tell us: Are you ready to go back to the theatre? If so, why? If not, when? Thx!

"...So they unveiled a campaign called CinemaSafe. More than 2,600 theaters operating more than 30,000 screens in the United States have signed on, according to the executives. Participating locations will display logos with a green checkmark on a theater seat and the slogan “Your safety is our focus.”"

The nation’s major multiplex chains are selling tickets again, and they have announced uniform health protocols to make patrons feel safer.

Bridging Stories's cover photo
08/21/2020

Bridging Stories's cover photo

Poster for our new film, which is complete, which I’m very proud of, and which I can’t wait to share with the world. #wi...
08/14/2020

Poster for our new film, which is complete, which I’m very proud of, and which I can’t wait to share with the world. #willingboronj

Pandemic reading recommendation. I am rereading this beautiful novel by #nealstephenson about the end of the world and t...
08/05/2020

Pandemic reading recommendation. I am rereading this beautiful novel by #nealstephenson about the end of the world and then the beginning of something new and unexpected. Apt reading for the times we’re in. Highly recommended. Sh*t happens, like, say, the moon blows up and ends all life on 🌍. Or a virus shuts down the world. #covid19. But, human ingenuity and purpose is ALWAYS PRESENT, even if it evolves on a different trajectory than we would expect or hope. Life finds itself. As it does in this novel, as it will with us. We, as Humans, are [email protected] larger than our individual lives, which are so small in the grand scheme of 100, 1,000, 10,000, 10 million years. #sacrifice

These images, that I took during the tropical Storm #Isaias are so indicative of the state of our nation. #sideways #han...
08/04/2020

These images, that I took during the tropical Storm #Isaias are so indicative of the state of our nation. #sideways #hangingonbyathread. #voteblue2020 #vote #votelikeyourlifedependsonit @ Newark, New Jersey

Newark, New Jersey
08/04/2020

Newark, New Jersey

So I just an hour ago approved the color grading on our documentary on the township of #willingboronj. This is the last ...
07/14/2020

So I just an hour ago approved the color grading on our documentary on the township of #willingboronj. This is the last stage; the film is now complete. As it turns out, it was just shy of one year when we were down in my beloved hometown, filming so many people who gave so much of themselves. It was not by design that it took a year to complete this project. As we now all know, the past year has been a whirlwind, particularly 2020. But it is finished (not the year unfortunately, but the film), and now comes the stage where we share this beautiful film to the world, especially all those who grew up in The ‘Boro, and know what a special place it was, and will be. But also all those who understand that EVERYONE HAS A HOME TOWN. Here are a couple of teaser shots of before and after the grading. @ Willingboro, New Jersey

This is me, 22 years old, at the British Museum. It was the first time I traveled overseas. Looks like I’m looking towar...
06/21/2020

This is me, 22 years old, at the British Museum. It was the first time I traveled overseas. Looks like I’m looking toward the future, wondering what’s in store for me, and how close I might get to making my dreams real. It was that unknown, at 22, that fueled me, shaped me, terrified me, and ultimately made me who I am today. At the moment this photo was taken, I do know there was not a thought in my mind that I would be the father of two beautiful black men, both who look like me and one who could pass for me in this photo. He’s 22 today. And my eldest will be 30 next year. Life is like that. Beautiful in its mystery. And one day my boys too will be looking back at “photos,” marveling at what they were at 22, and what they are as fathers. And on this day, perhaps they too will reflect on the unknown future of their own sons and daughters aka my grandchildren. #ancestry #fathersday

I’ve seen it at least fifty times, and as I settle in to watch it once more, I’m excited with the knowledge that with ea...
06/21/2020

I’ve seen it at least fifty times, and as I settle in to watch it once more, I’m excited with the knowledge that with each brewing there are new discoveries. It just refuses to get old. It is, to me, one of the best films ever made. Oh, and the close up game is strong in this one. #onceuponatimeinthewest #sergioleone

This week I completed the editing on our #willingboronj documentary. While the sound is being mixed and the color graded...
06/19/2020

This week I completed the editing on our #willingboronj documentary. While the sound is being mixed and the color graded, it’s time to start thinking about the next project. Given the weight of this day, and given the climate in our nation, this might be the time to get back to this screenplay I wrote 3 years ago. @carlajack10 certainly has been trying to convince me to revisit it. But honestly, it was tough to write then, and as far as emotions go, it will be even harder to get right today. Much as changed in these three years. #juneteenth

04/01/2020

Every day at 7p our neighborhood comes alive with a collective celebration that we are still here and we are still beautiful. #nyc

#newyorkcity #darkhumor
03/29/2020

#newyorkcity #darkhumor

#solitude
03/28/2020

#solitude

We are still beautiful. #nyc #usa
03/27/2020

We are still beautiful. #nyc #usa

An authentic photo of the authentic south where I was born. That’s my big brother Darryl on the left, my “baby” sister C...
03/24/2020

An authentic photo of the authentic south where I was born. That’s my big brother Darryl on the left, my “baby” sister Claudia next to him, and that’s me on the right, suspenders and white shoes. But check out my mom. That figure. That skirt. Those stockings. That hair. Those glasses. The intent in those eyes. What is she looking at? What is she seeing? Her future? Our future? What a fierce woman she was and I miss her so. #oldphotos

The wonderful wife mentioned in the previous post. @carlajack10
01/04/2020

The wonderful wife mentioned in the previous post. @carlajack10

Ah, #kurosawa. Arguably the best film interpreter of Shakespeare ever. This storyboarded screenplay of Ran, Kurosawa’s t...
01/04/2020

Ah, #kurosawa. Arguably the best film interpreter of Shakespeare ever. This storyboarded screenplay of Ran, Kurosawa’s take on King Lear, was a wonderful present from a wonderful woman who I’m lucky to be married to. Reading the screenplay, accompanied by Kurosawa’s hand painted storyboards, just makes me miss the days when the aging master was still alive, and one could experience his later films on the big screen. When Ran came out is was THE cinema event of the year. Now, I have no idea how I can see this film. The art houses are mostly gone. The multiplexes are no interested and masterworks. Is it even avail to stream? I wonder if young filmmakers have any idea how powerful Kurosawa’s storytelling was—no, not was... IS. @ Bridging Stories

Instareview of #uncutgems. Man what a crazy movie. The most intense, anxiety inducing experience I’ve had in a movie the...
01/01/2020

Instareview of #uncutgems. Man what a crazy movie. The most intense, anxiety inducing experience I’ve had in a movie theater since #cityofgod. Except I loved City of God but I can’t say I loved this movie. The #safdiebrothers are brilliantly kinetic filmmakers and I did love their last film #goodtimemovie. Still, #adamsandler was absolutely brilliant as a jeweler/gambler/bullsh*tter who couldn’t stop if he wanted to. The film stayed with me long after I left the theater. Like a punch in the face. Also great were #lakeithstanfield and, surprisingly, #kevingarnett (!!). If you like your cinema brutal, in the vein of Taxi Driver, maybe you will like this one. But I recommend bringing Xanax.

Who gets to tell the story, or better yet, the joke..?#isitArtOrHarassment#whatisthecomediansjob
09/06/2019
LGBTQ Comedians Respond to Dave Chappelle's New Stand-up Special

Who gets to tell the story, or better yet, the joke..?

#isitArtOrHarassment
#whatisthecomediansjob

LGBTQ comedians including Guy Branum and Dewayne Perkins weigh in on the subject matter in Dave Chappelle's latest stand-up special "Sticks & Stones."

“[The documentary's ("What Happened, Willingboro?")] story is an example of how America continues to ignore its dying to...
07/18/2019
Documentarian returns to Willingboro to make a film about his hometown

“[The documentary's ("What Happened, Willingboro?")] story is an example of how America continues to ignore its dying towns — the ‘canaries in the coal mine’ — when measuring the true economic health of a nation,” @Carla Jackson said in an email...

Phillips and Jackson emphasize that the film will provide a comprehensive portrait of the township and its evolution and will not entirely focus on socio-economic problems.

The [director, Kelvin Phillips] said he wants the movie to “show the world this is a beautiful place. It’s just going through some struggles now.”'

Thank you, Lisa Broadt at the Burlington County Times for this piece on our upcoming documentary "What Happened, Willingboro?"

Willingboro, New Jersey
Black Willingboro
Willingboro Public Library
Willingboro Township

#documentary
#filmmaking
#husbandandwifeteam

Kelvin Phillips said he will hunt through Willingboro's past to better understand the township's current issues.

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To be human is to be in flux, whether economically, spiritually, or psychologically. To live is to change. But the one constant that cuts through all change is people’s driving desire to connect with one another. The need to bridge the dispiriting gap of disconnectedness is why we survive and thrive. Oftentimes, that gap is bridged through storytelling, through all of its many forms. Anyone can instantly recall the vividness of then caveman’s drawings, our parents’ voices while reciting Dr. Seuss tales, or the hypnotic quality of the local shaman in the corner of a bar, in church, or on our screens. From birth until death (and perhaps, beyond), we say over and over: “Once upon a time, or Tell me a story...”

We seek to make connections and create new unions by telling stories that add to our beautiful, yet fractured collective—stories of loss, love, and hope. We ask that you join us on our journey to document humanity through storytelling.

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