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612 FILM

Amid America's turbulent lead-up to the 2024 presidential election, '612' navigates the collision of American ideals, changing demographics, and the evolving fabric of the nation through the microcosm of a Midwest town grappling with systemic disparities that have affected its minority communities, especially after the murder of George Floyd. 

The film amplifies a group of diverse thought leaders who use their voices and quiet acts of heroism to fight for unity and societal rejuvenation. '612'  features three community-led projects celebrating resilience and collective action with significant national implications, showcasing how communities can bring about transformative change. 

'612' deftly captures the crucial historic moments when young people worldwide took to the streets, inspiring a global movement for justice and equality. It is the seminal film of 2020 that showcases the profound influence of the youth in shaping the future of our society.

Credits:

  • Director: Diem Van Groth

  • Co-Director: Mobolaji Olambiwonnu (Directors Guild of America Student Filmmaker Award. Tribeca film festival award winner (Ferguson Rises))

  • Writer: Diem Van Groth

  • Producer: Diem Van Groth

  • Producer: David Massey (Academy Award Nominated Director, Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame)

  • Co-producer: Mobolaji Olambiwonnu

  • Executive Producer: Sarah Brokaw (Relational Dynamics Thought Leader. Licensed Therapist. Media Consultant. Daughter of legendary NBC News Anchor Tom Brokaw)

  • Executive Producer: Kokayi Ampah (Color Purple. The Soloist. Mystic River. The Shawshank Redemption. Million Dollar Baby)

  • Executive Producer: Clint Schaff (LA Times Studios. Edelman. Golin)

  • Consulting Producers: Brandon & Lance Kramer, Meridian Hill Pictures (Webby Award Winners. Chesapeake Film Festival and Indie Capital Awards Winners. DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities Individual Arts Fellow)

Special Thanks:​

  • Interview Cinematographer: Tannie Tang

  • Interview Production Designer and Art Director: Jose Herrera

  • Interview Sound: Tersharra Hill

  • Development: Meredith Lavitt (Former Director of Sundance Ignite at Sundance Institute, Former President of Original Thinkers)

  • Inspiration and Guidance: The Black Association of Documentary Filmmakers – West

  • Production and Cinematography Services: Alejandro Miranda, Bravebird

  • Production: Never Whisper Justice

  • Assistant Editor: Lucia Fox-Shapiro

  • Legal: Sheri Linzell, Linzell Law

FEATURED

PRINCIPAL CHARACTERS:

  • Diem Van Groth — Film narrator and interviewer

  • Marvin Anderson — Retired Attorney at Law and former Minnesota State Law Librarian. Board Chair, ReConnect Rondo. Executive Director, Rondo Center of Diverse Expression

  • John Gordon — Former attorney Faegre Baker Daniels, Former Executive Director American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota (ACLU of MN)

  • Maddie and Emma  — University of Minnesota graduate students and community organizers

  • TShi  — Community activist

FEATURED CHANGEMAKERS:

  • Alan Page – Retired Minnesota state Supreme Court judge. Minnesota Viking. College Football Hall of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

  • Erika L. Binger – Founder V3.  Philanthropist. Former Chair McKnight Foundation. Former world triathlete and aquathlete champion.

  • Susan Brower – Minnesota State Demographer and Director of the Minnesota State Demographic Center.

  • Delina White – Native Apparel Designer, Jewelry Maker & Beadwork Artist, Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe.

  • Henry Lake – Talk show host (WCCO, Fox, The Lake Show).

  • Patty Hand – Chief Operating Officer Minnesota Department of Education.

  • Markus Flynn  – Executive Director at Black Men Teach.

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