Upcoming screenings

Date City Event
03/28/15, 3:45 p.m. Vail, Colo. Vail Film Festival
03/27/15, 1:30 p.m. Vail, Colo. Vail Film Festival
03/27/15, 2 p.m. Palm Springs, Calif. American Documentary Film Festival
03/18/15 5 a.m. KQED 9
03/17/2015 11 p.m. KQED 9

Past screenings

Date City Event
02/17/15 San Francisco San Francisco Indiefest
02/14/15 San Francisco San Francisco Indiefest
02/14/15 Missoula, Mont. Big Sky Documentary Film Festival
02/08/15 Missoula, Mont. Big Sky Documentary Film Festival
01/31/15 Des Moines, Iowa RUN DSM’s 2nd Annual Teen Summit
12/11/14 Colorado Springs, Colo. Colorado College Max Kade Theatre
10/22/14 Palo Alto, Calif. United Nations Association Film Festival
09/27/14 Oakland, Calif. Oakland Underground Film Festival
09/19/14 Orlando, Fla. Global Peace Film Festival
09/18/14 Orlando, Fla. Global Peace Film Festival
07/16/14 Philadelphia 2014 Brave New Voices Poetry Festival

YouTube video

Josh Merchant, an award-winning slam poet from the San Francisco Bay Area, has been asked to do something unusual. He’s been enlisted by two organizations – The Center for Investigative Reporting and Youth Speaks – to lead a series of experimental workshops teaching teenagers to use poetry and journalism to document their hometown.

Watch our new short documentary, “Broken City Poets,” produced with Youth Speaks, to see Merchant’s work with young poets from Stockton, California, and how introducing them to the facts and figures from our reporting helped them learn about the history of their community.

Want to hold a screening of “Broken City Poets” in your community? Email brokencitypoets@cironline.org.

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Ariane Wu is Series Producer, Multimedia for The Center for Investigative Reporting. She is passionate about discovering new ways of telling stories visually and through sound. She was previously a Fulbright scholar based in Beijing, as well as a new media fellow at the Asia Society. Ariane holds bachelor’s degrees in film studies and political science from UC Berkeley.

José Vadi is the project director of the Off/Page Project, a collaboration between The Center for Investigative Reporting and Youth Speaks. Since the age of 19, José has served as a poet mentor for Youth Speaks, the nation’s leading literary nonprofit. A two-time National Poetry Slam champion, José has coached several college and youth slam poetry teams to national competitions, including the 2008 and 2010 Bay Area Youth Speaks teams featured in the HBO documentary series, Brave New Voices. He was the recipient of the San Francisco Foundation’s Shenson Performing Arts Award for his debut play, A Eulogy for Threeproduced at Intersection for the Arts under the curation of Marc Bamuthi-Joseph’s Living Word Festival. Since 2010, José has served as the editor and curriculum developer of The Bigger Picture, an anti-diabetes multimedia campaign sponsored by UC San Francisco’s Center for Vulnerable Populations.