Triggering Wounds

Wednesday May 1st, 7:30pm, Thursday May 2nd - Friday May 3rd, 5:00pm

Triggering Wounds

2013, 15 min.

Directed and produced by students in The Maysles Institute Teen Producers Academy, and their production company No Straight Media, in partnership with Harlem Hospital Center and The New York County District Attorney’s Office.

Triggering Wounds tells the moving real-life story of a young man from Harlem coming to terms with the impact of gun violence on his life and his community. Scenes with families, emergency responders, community leaders, and law enforcement interweave in this documentary film to provide an intimate portrait of a community struggling to understand, heal, and transform in the face of this devastating violence.

Nominated for Best Documentary, 2013 Tribeca Film Festival’s “Our City, My Story” Youth Showcase

Triggering Wounds Website:

Triggering Wounds Trailer:

The Maysles Cinema run of Triggering Wounds will be preceded by a short film titled Bullets in Hood: A Bed-Stuy Story.

Bullets in the Hood: A Bed-Stuy Story

Terrence Fisher and Daniel Howard, 2005, 22 min.  

Terrence Fisher, a teen living in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, had seven of his friends shot and killed by a gun violence. What could Terrence do to stop gun violence in Bed-Stuy before losing another friend, or his own life? Terrence and a fellow teen filmmaker, Daniel Howard, picked up a camera to tell the story about gun violence in Bed-Stuy.  A few months into the production, Terrence lost another friend. This time, Timothy Stansbury who was his best friend from elementary school, was shot and killed by a police officer right in front of Terrence.  This film follows their journey to pay tribute to Timothy so that this story can spread to the world outside of Bed-Stuy.

Bullets in the Hood Trailer:

Post-Screening Panel Breakdown

Wednesday, May 1st, 7:30pm -- "Guns, Masculinity and Violence" with Triggering Wounds filmmakers, Dorothy Payne (Harlem Mothers Save), Operation Harlem SNUG, Darnell Moore (writer and activist), Daniel José Older (writer and organizer), and moderated by Andrea Plaid (

Thursday May 2nd, 5:00pm -- "How Do We Get There: Creating Solutions (Part 1)” with Triggering Wounds filmmakers, Lillian Ranson (Harlem Mothers Save), Operation Harlem SNUG, Esther Armah (playwright and WBAI radio host), Nellie Hester Bailey (organizer and radio host), and moderated by King Righteous (Universal Zulu Nation).

Friday May 3rd, 5:00pm -- "How Do We Get There: Creating Solutions (Part 2)” with Triggering Wounds filmmakers, Denise Paul (Harlem Mothers Save), Akiba Solomon (Colorlines), Sonia Balaram (Harlem Community Justice Center), Marlon Peterson (S.O.S. Crown Heights, Associate Director), W. Franc Perry (Family Court Judge)  and moderated by Christine Peng (Education Director).

For information about the film contact

Triggering Wounds Website: