“Finding Us”

SHORT FILM

E

Synopsis

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.

Digital & Broadcast Premiere

“Finding Us” is now live on PBS.org and ReelSouth.org. Stream for free at https://www.pbs.org/video/finding-us-6ohkwi/.

Watch “Finding Us” on local PBS stations in Louisiana on Wednesday, April 24th at 10pm on LPB, and in Maryland on Monday, April 29th at 9pm on MPT.

Additional Info

Run time: 13:38

Film festival contact: jamie@sidexsidestudios.com

Additional Stills

Production Credits

A Film By

SideXSide Studios

Director

Kathryn Carlson

Producers

Karran Harper Royal, Gabriel Silverman, Jamie Coughlin Silverman

Writer

Deanna Del Ciello

Editors

Liza Slutskaya, Kathryn Carlson

Cinematographers

Brandy Bruce, Kathryn Carlson

Additional Cinematography

Gabriel Silverman, Liza Slutskaya

Assistant Camera

Ricardo Betancourt

Cast

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