17 BLOCKS

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  • Director Davy Rothbart in attendance

    Nine-year-old Emmanuel Durant, Jr. picked up a video camera in 1999 and started filming what any kid would: neighborhood ball games, visits to grandpa’s house, En Vogue sing-a-longs, the family cat. For over two decades, the camera recorded these ordinary moments of this Washington D.C. family, as well as a cycle of trauma all too familiar with neglected communities in America. Despite ample hardships, hope—like the grass growing out of the sidewalk cracks in front of their homes—finds a way.

    Filmmaker Davy Rothbart, a name familiar from diverse storytelling fields (MEDORA, Found Magazine, This American Life), deftly pieces together, in collaboration with his subjects, an honest, loving and complex profile of the Sanford-Durant, who live just 17 blocks from the U.S. Capitol. –Eric Moore

  • Davy Rothbart is a journalist and bestselling author, Emmy® Award-winning filmmaker, creator of Found Magazine, and contributor to NPR's This American Life. His latest documentary MEDORA aired on the PBS series Independent Lens and won a 2015 Emmy® Award. He's also the founder of Washington To Washington, an annual hiking adventure for city kids.

  • Apoorva Charan
    Beachside Films
    apoorva@bigbeach.com
    310-230-3999