It Takes More than a Village: The Eagle Academy Story
Many documentaries address the issues young men in underserved neighborhoods face. Many promise a solution, or claim that there is a simple answer. There is no easy answer and children and families in lower income communities are as diverse and varied as those in other environments. Their needs can’t be met through one method or one idea and the complexity of their issues is often ignored or belittled. In this documentary we plan to show that understanding the problems is the first step to solving them and that finding answers means that you have to be willing to actually ask questions. This observational documentary produced and directed by André Robert Lee (The Prep School Negro) with Nelson Walker as Director of Cinematography, will follow several key people in the Eagle family as they make their way through a school year.Through their eyes we will see the Eagle model at work and also come to understand the intersection of education and community in the development of the school, its leaders, its teachers and most importantly it’s students.
Raouls: A New York Place
Through a combination of archival footage and photos, original handheld verite documentation and a series of interviews with celebrity and everyday regulars as well as staff and Raoul’s family, This feature-length documentary will reconstruct the history of the restaurant and explore its place in the hearts of those who love it best against the backdrop of the evolution of Soho and the story of two immigrants from France who “went with the flow”. As SoHo has changed, Raoul’s has stubbornly remained the same. Though the area rapidly gentrified, Raoul’s still remains a “neighborhood” place with regulars who have come for forty years, artists who have grown up spending time there and paying for meals with art, including many who have now become very well known. What is central to Raoul’s now, at it’s 40 th anniversary is the feeling of family, the loyalty it has inspired over the years and the cast of characters who have made this restaurant one of New York City’s not so well kept secrets.