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Online Q&A: “We Are the Dream” with Executive Producer Julie Anderson and Special Guests

18 Jun
Thu, Jun 18, 2020 at 4:00 pm PT

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Guests Expected

Artist and filmmaker A-lan Holt will moderate an online Q&A with executive producer Julie Anderson and three of the film’s subjects: Oratorical Fest Producer Awele Makeba and students Lamiya Mohammed and Donavan Edwards.


Every year, hundreds of children from pre-K through 12th grade take the stage at the Oakland MLK Oratorical Fest, a public speaking competition where they perform poetry and speeches inspired by the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The HBO documentary We Are the Dream: The Kids of the Oakland MLK Oratorical Fest covers the months leading up to the 40th annual festival, as schools across the city send their top-placing students to compete. It is a portrait of young people raising their voices about issues they care about and of the unique community that celebrates and supports them.

Watch We Are the Dream: The Kids of the Oakland MLK Oratorical Fest for free via HBO in Classrooms, then join us for a fun and educational conversation with executive producer Julie Anderson and special guests, moderated by Bay Area artist and filmmaker A-lan Holt, to learn about the making of the film and how people can inspire others and promote change through the power of speech.

Recommended for ages 6 and up.

This special event, hosted by SFFILM Education, has been put together with children, parents, and teachers in mind. It is also free and open to the public. Attendees who RSVP for this event will be sent a link via email in advance to register for the online session, which will be conducted with Zoom. We recommend that you download and install Zoom on your computer or mobile device in advance, and set yourself up with a free account. Attendees will have a chance to participate in the Q&A by sending in questions privately to our moderator. Registration closes around one hour before the start of the event — be sure to register early!

We look forward to continuing to experiment with virtual events like this in the coming weeks — let us know how it goes and how we can improve the experience!

Learn more about how to use Zoom and attending our virtual events here.

Executive Producer Julie Anderson

Julie Anderson is an Academy Award-nominated documentary film producer, director, and development executive who has been honored with four Emmy Awards and two Peabody Awards. She has created programming for ESPN, HBO Sports, HBO Documentary Films, PBS, CNN, CBS Sports, and ABC Sports. In 2019, she produced HBO’s highly acclaimed documentary We Are the Dream, as well as the multi-part documentary Vick for ESPN’s 30 for 30 series about former NFL quarterback Michael Vick, the number one pick in the 2001 NFL draft, who was arrested for dogfighting in 2007.

Anderson was the director of documentary development for HBO Documentary Films and produced the Academy Award-nominated documentary God Is the Bigger Elvis. As a Senior Producer for ESPN, she created Emmy Award-winning magazine shows Outside the Lines and E:60. She also was an associate producer on Spike Lee’s Academy Award-nominated documentary Four Little Girls and went on to produce several features with Lee for Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel. From 2012–2017, she executive produced the Emmy, Peabody, and Dupont Journalism Award-winning PBS series The African Americans, Many Rivers to Cross with Henry Louis Gates, and Gates’ series Finding Your Roots.

Film Details

Language English

Year 2020

Runtime 60

Country USA

Director Amy Schatz

Producer Amy Schatz, Diane Kolyer