Synopsis – Set in Baltimore, Comrade Sunshine is a short documentary film that focuses on the friendship between Dominque Stevenson, whose Friend of a Friend program helps men in prison through peer mentoring, and Wahid Shakur, a recently released 20-year-old now working with her to help build community. As she attempts to guide him in making a smooth transition back into society, Wahid faces the new challenge of life on parole. Dominque, meanwhile, continues to raise questions about the dire impacts of incarceration.
Press Release – Los Angeles, California, October 7, 2013. Cameron Granadino’s provocative short documentary Comrade Sunshine has won the award for Best Documentary at the 8th Annual Independent Television and Film Festival. The ITV Festival recognizes film, television, and new media professionals who demonstrate exceptional achievement in craft and creativity, and those who produce standout entertainment or contribute to profound social change. Entries are judged by highly qualified professionals in the television and film industry. Granadino is alumnus of UC Santa Cruz Social Documentation graduate program and UC Riverside’s Media and Cultural Studies undergraduate program. He is also the co-producer and editor of Visions of Abolition, featuring Angela Davis www.visionsofabolition.org.
Comrade Sunshine features Marshall “Eddie” Conway (former Black Panther party member and U.S. political prisoner), Dominque Stevenson (prison activist, director of the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC)–Friend of a Friend program in Baltimore, MD, and co-author of Conway’s autobiography Marshall Law: The Life and Times of a Baltimore Black Panther), and Wahid Shakur (outreach coordinator for AFSC-Friend of a Friend, a prison-based mentoring program). The documentary is set in Baltimore, Maryland and was filmed during the Summer of 2012. The project was initiated in the Fall of 2010 as part of an Ethnic Studies course at UC Riverside, taught by Professor and Chair of Ethnic Studies, Dylan Rodriguez. During the course, Conway called from the Jessup Correctional Institution (JCI), a maximum-security prison, in Jessup Maryland and spoke to a class of three hundred students about the circumstances of his imprisonment and the history of the Baltimore chapter of the Black Panther Party.
Bio – Cameron Granadino – born in East Los Angeles, CA 1987. While attending the University of California Riverside for undergraduate studies, Cameron collaborated with professors and students in the Media Cultural Studies department on a feature length documentary titled Visions of Abolition (2011).