The past makes the present inevitable

"Old sins cast long shadows"

— Danish proverb


Of all the divisions in America, none is as insidious and tenacious as racism. In this powerful documentary, director Frances Causey investigates the roots of our current racial conflicts. Causey and Long Shadow producer Sally Holst, both daughters of the South, were raised with a romanticized vision of America’s past. Haunted by the truth of slavery's legacy in their own histories, they passionately seek the hidden truth and the untold stories that reveal how the sins of yesterday feed modern prejudice, which burns undiminished despite our seeming progress.


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Frances Causey

Producer, Director, Writer Frances Causey is a journalist and documentary filmmaker. Frances is a blogger for Huffington Post and a Board Member for the Arizona Center for Investigative Journalism.

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Sally Holst

Producer Sally Holst has collaborated with director Frances Causey on previous film projects, including "Heist: Who Stole the American Dream", a 2012 NY TIMES Critic’s Pick.

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Maureen Gosling

Editor and Co-Creator Maureen Gosling, a filmmaker for more than 40 years, is also a sought-after editor.

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Jed Riffe

Producer Jed Riffe is an award winning film director, producer and transmedia storyteller with over 25 years of experience.

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Cal Turner IV

Cal is the Executive Producer and Co-Producer of The Long Shadow with partner/Director Frances Causey.

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Rogelio Garcia

Director of photography Rogelio Garcia won multiple awards for Videography and Editing and one Emmy nomination.

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Donald Goldmacher

Co-Producer, Goldmacher is a longtime filmmaker, social justice activist, and community psychiatrist.

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Maria Judice

Impact Producer Maria Judice has fought for marginalized stories in film, TV and digital for over a decade.

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Check out filmmaker Shirah Dedman's doc on the history of displacing residents of #Oakland. The film screens at Omni Commons in Februrary.

What Happened to the Black People in Oakland? Screening + PANEL

February 24, 2018, 5:00pm - February 24, 2018, 7:00pm

In a single generation, Oakland's black population has dwindled from almost 40% to an estimated 26%. At this event we'll watch YOU A NOMAD, a 20-minute documentary deconstructing the systemic roots of gentrification. Then we'll discuss possible SOLUTIONS. Panelists: - Khafre Jay of HipHop4change - Wanda Stewart, Food Justice Activist - Annette Miller, Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE) - Shirah Dedman, Filmmaker Don't miss this event -- LIKE and SHARE!!! $5 donation suggested, but no one turned away for lack of funds. Doors open at 4:30 pm Presented by Liberated Lens Film Screenings at Omni Commons

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