“Finding Us”



Georgetown University sold hundreds of enslaved people who worked on their plantations to stave off bankruptcy, scattering families across the South, never to see each other again. With the help of DNA databases, their descendants are reconnecting six generations later. “Finding Us” is a portrait of four descendants who are using their unique talents to regrow the family trees felled nearly two centuries ago.


Annapolis FF – World Premiere: March 23-26, 2023

AmDocs (American Documentary and Animation FF): March 30 – April 3, 2023

DC/DOX: June 16th, 2023

DC Black Film Festival: August 19th at 9:00am in the History you should Know block
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DC Shorts: September 24th at 1:30pm
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Richmond International Film Festival: September 28th at 5:45 PM in the Civil Rights & Community shorts block
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Baltimore International Black Film Festival: Saturday, October 7th at 12:50pm
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Additional Info

Run time: 13:38

Film festival contact: jamie@sidexsidestudios.com

Production Credits

A Film By

SideXSide Studios


Kathryn Carlson


Karran Harper Royal, Gabriel Silverman, Jamie Coughlin Silverman


Deanna Del Ciello


Liza Slutskaya, Kathryn Carlson


Brandy Bruce, Kathryn Carlson

Additional Cinematography

Gabriel Silverman, Liza Slutskaya

Assistant Camera

Ricardo Betancourt


Karran Harper Royal, Negest Rucker, Jerome Spears, Kevin Porter
Best Documentary Short - DC Black Film Festival
Official Selection - DC Shorts International Film Festival 2023
Official Selection - Baltimore International Black Film Festival 2023