Taking a break from video essays to serve the community

While video essays have been the majority of my creative output for the past couple of years, I still keep a hand in other types of video production, especially when it's for a good cause. I just received word that a video I produced for the Sikh Coalition has been accepted to the Spinning Wheel Film Festival in Toronto, September 25-27. The video, "From the Classroom to the Capitol" was produced for the Sikh Coalition's first annual awards gala earlier in August.  It was posted on the Coalition's YouTube page this week, and apparently the Spinning Wheel Festival caught it and liked it enough to add to their program. I've been involved with the Sikh Coalition and the Sikh community for several years now, most notably through the production of a short documentary "Dastaar: Defending Sikh Identity." I've done a lot of work with the Coalition in building up their capacity to make videos on their own, thanks to a grant from Manhattan Neighborhood Network. The Sikh community remains one of the most misunderstood people in the U.S. and the victim of ongoing bias and hate attacks, often violent ones. The Sikh Coalition has done much since 9/11 to combat prejudice, defend people's civil rights and educate the nation at large about the Sikh identity. I am extremely proud to be involved in these efforts.

Here's the new video "From the Classroom to the Capitol":