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HOME USE DVD

NEW: We are happy to announce the release of our home-use DVD for Finding the Gold Within. The film makes for great discussions with friends and family, or give it as a gift.

The price is $35 (incl. shipping & handling)

Now, more than ever, conversations about race, education, and equality are of utmost importance, as they allow us to find motivation to participate in our currently at-risk democracy. The voices of these young men give us hope for change and the courage to speak truth to power.




 

“Extremely topical… at times inspiring and funny, at other times heartbreaking and disturbing, and always fascinating… some of the most frank discussions about what it means to be black in America that I have ever heard.” –Pete Crooks, writer Diablo Magazine Interview

Finding the Gold Within is one of the best films I’ve ever seen about the challenges facing African-American males in our society.” –Mark Phillips, Edutopia

“Finding the Gold Within is one of the truly timely things happening in our country. Karina, with poetic grace, considerable grit and meticulous attention, gathers in a feature-length film the rich lives of six young Black men. What I love about this work is the way Karina steps deeply into these stories and the lives of these young men. Yet, as close as Karina gets (and this is the magic!) she simultaneously gets out of the way. I had the good fortune to spend a weekend with her when she was filming some of the sacred circle work with Alchemy, Inc. in Akron, OH. Holding the camera, I saw she was at once light on her feet and unflinchingly steady.” John Fox, author of the book “Finding What You Didn’t Lose: Expressing Your Truth and Creativity Through Poem-Making”, and Founder of The Institute for Poetic Medicine Kirkridge Retreat Center Newsletter


GOLD OUTREACH CAMPAIGN – HOST A SCREENING

Bring the film to a community, school, organization, campus, or theater near you.  Click here to HOST A SCREENING

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Finding the Gold Within invites audiences to experience what it means to be a young black man navigating through college. The film lends itself as a platform for discussions about stereotypes, race, inequality, education, and masculinity. Guest appearances by the film’s protagonists turn screenings into impactful events.

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“The conversations with these young men feature some of the most frank discussions about what it means to be black in America that I have ever heard.”   –Pete Crooks, writer Diablo Magazine Interview

“This is a must see for anyone currently working with young men of color.” –Jorge Melgoza, Vice Principal, Berkeley High School, CA

 

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“Your film is a masterpiece. I shed tears as its first words insist the white viewer wake up to the truth that’s been always around us. The film’s “terrible beauty” lies in my loving admiration for men whom I fear could – and pray won’t be – the next arbitrary racial violence victims. But you wisely, through film, hold up the way individuals empower themselves to better the world where they are.”Mike McQuillan coordinated the Crown Heights Coalition’s healing work after the 1991 racial crisis in Brooklyn, New York. A former U.S. Senate aide and Peace Corps Volunteer, he teaches history at the Brooklyn School for Global Studies.

 

EDUCATIONAL  STREAMING

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The film may be purchased by professors, teachers, librarians and conferences for educational streaming via Kanopy
Read the conversation between Kanopy’s founder Olivia Humphrey and filmmaker Karina Epperlein

 

EDUCATIONAL  DVD

DVD Finding the Gold WithinThe film may be purchased for college, school, library, business and other institutional or organizational use from The Video Project

WITH SPECIAL FEATURES
The DVD includes 75 minutes of special features for assisting in discussion about race, plus a more in-depth look at the Alchemy mentoring process, as well as the lives of several of the film’s protagonists.

For a 10% discount, mention promo code GOLD10 when ordering!

 

REVIEWS AND ENDORSEMENTS

“Highly Recommended. Finding the Gold Within is an extraordinary film, worthy of the widest possible audience as our country continues to grapple with racial injustice, particularly the persistent stereotyping and criminalizing of young Black men. Director Karina Epperlein deftly crafts a searching portrait of each young man, with his victories, struggles and dreams.”  Educational Media Reviews Online

“Throughout, this moving and potent film provides insight into growing up as a young black man in the United States, told by voices that are honest, affecting, and inspiring. At once brutally honest … and yet alive with hope, this film gives a voice to each young man’s struggles and triumphs and demonstrates how he finds the power to beat his own drum.” –School Library Journal

“With a lens that is both arrestingly artistic and at base sympathetic – this film is a portrait of young black males navigating through an unsympathetic world.  It never succumbs to clichés that romanticize or dramatize, but provides a rare platform for the quiet voices of those in the experience.” Troy Duster, Emeritus Chancellor’s Professor of Sociology, UC Berkeley

“Extremely topical… at times inspiring and funny, at other times heartbreaking and disturbing, and always fascinating. The conversations with these young men feature some of the most frank discussions about what it means to be black in America that I have ever heard.”
–Pete Crooks, writer Diablo Magazine Interview

“This is a must see for anyone currently working with young men of color. Not only does it show our young men how to find their power from within but it also shows them how to heal! We are taught how to inflict pain, we are taught how to absorb pain but we are never taught how to heal from the pain.” –Jorge Melgoza, Vice Principal, Berkeley High School, CA

“Insightful and moving. Finally, a film that reveals the often difficult inner lives and striving of black male teenagers. In stark contrast to the stereotype, these young Black men find within themselves a sense of authentic self-worth and learn to avoid self-destructive behaviors.”
–Avon Kirkland, Producer/Director, Ralph Ellison: An American Journey (AMERICAN MASTERS), Simple Justice (AMERICAN EXPERIENCE)

“Finding the Gold Within is an important film for anyone interested in how to engage any youth, but especially African American boys, in experiences that can transform their lives. The learning strategies used by Alchemy, Inc. are cutting-edge, as confirmed by the new science of learning, brain research, the importance of social emotional skills, and growth mindsets.” –Sam Piha, MSW, Founder and Co-Director, Temescal Associates and the Learning in Afterschool & Summer (LIAS) Project

“Finding the Gold Within maps out a hopeful path. In her beautiful film, Karina Epperlein shows adult men guiding young men, through love and stories, toward an expansive future of personal growth….” –Michael A. Messner, Prof. of Sociology and Gender Studies, University of Southern California

“Finding the Gold Within is one of the truly timely things happening in our country. Karina, with poetic grace, considerable grit and meticulous attention, gathers in a feature-length film the rich lives of six young Black men. What I love about this work is the way Karina steps deeply into these stories and the lives of these young men. Yet, as close as Karina gets (and this is the magic!) she simultaneously gets out of the way. I had the good fortune to spend a weekend with her when she was filming some of the sacred circle work with Alchemy, Inc. in Akron, OH. Holding the camera, I saw she was at once light on her feet and unflinchingly steady.” John Fox, author of the book “Finding What You Didn’t Lose: Expressing Your Truth and Creativity Through Poem-Making”, and Founder of The Institute for Poetic Medicine Kirkridge Retreat Center Newsletter

“Your film is a masterpiece. I shed tears as its first words insist the white viewer wake up to the truth that’s been always around us. The film’s “terrible beauty” lies in my loving admiration for men whom I fear could – and pray won’t be – the next arbitrary racial violence victims. But you wisely, through film, hold up the way individuals empower themselves to better the world where they are.”Mike McQuillan coordinated the Crown Heights Coalition’s healing work after the 1991 racial crisis in Brooklyn, New York. A former U.S. Senate aide and Peace Corps Volunteer, he teaches history at the Brooklyn School for Global Studies.