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We are proud to present a special screening of "Listen", filmed entirely in the San Joaquin County cities of Linden and Manteca, and produced by Tracy-born Brooke Dooley and directed and written by Linden-born Erahm Christopher.

Directed by Erahm Christopher
100 minutes
USA. 2017. In English.
Starring Linc Hand, Karen Bethzabe, Micah Hauptman

This film will be followed by a special conversation about filmmaking in San Joaquin County with associate producers Shane Williamson and Jory Kusy.

Kevin, a new high school counselor with no support and little respect, sets out to aid broken youths who are at risk of falling through the cracks. A stone-faced teen chooses a violent path to protect his family while a scholar athlete strives to connect to a father damaged by the past. A new transfer with scars feels perfection is her only way to heal while an outcast dying to fit in searches for the only friend he ever had. Each life unravels as one challenged boy tries to understand why things go wrong in a world he thought was supposed to be all right.

Official Trailer


About the Film's Director

Erahm Christopher is a filmmaker, author and speaker who bridges social divides with creative storytelling. He has produced and directed over twenty productions including three award-winning student-shot films, three stop-motion adaptations of children’s books, an operatic film for Bravo!, an animation for Special Olympics, and his debut scripted feature, Listen. He is the co-author of the book Teen Truth: Why Youth Have Something to Hide, the co-creator of the Teen Truth Live Experience and director of the Teen Truth Film Series. Since the organization’s inception, over 8 million people have viewed his films, over 2 million have viewed the live experiences and he has personally reached nearly a million people at speaking engagements around the world. Christopher recently co-founded Goodinstinct with his accomplished commercial and film producer Brooke Dooley. The bi-coastal company focuses on producing and distributing meaningful content that can shift perspective and change behavior. Beyond film productions, Christopher has developed innovative programs that teach youth and adults how to utilize the filmmaking process to connect, reconcile and expand their creativity. He serves as president of the nonprofit A Third Party and is the co-founder of the youth focused GOFILM! workshop. Christopher’s socially conscious work has influenced legislation, inspired youth development strategies and literally saved lives.


Sat., Dec. 16, 2017 at 1:00 PM
Special Screening

Janet Leigh Theatre, Stockton

Director: Erahm Christopher
Producer: Brooke Dooley
Associate Producers: Jory Kusy, Shane Williamson
Writer: Erahm Christopher
Cinematographer: Greg Ephraim
Editor: Simon Webb

Permission: Goodinstinct

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