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Melinda had the world against her from about day one. Her mom committed suicide when she was 4 months old (it goes without saying that her death was a tragedy). But Melinda's story brightened when Beverly entered her life. Beverly was a Jamaican woman who was hired to be Melinda's nanny, but ultimately became her mom. You can say that Beverly contrasted with the rest of Melinda's family, since they were all Jewish. Watch this film of many themes, ethnicity, tragedy, biased storytellers, and much more! Mentor: Michael “Boogie” Pinckney.

VIP 2007


Youth producers

Melinda Tenenzapf

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Reel Works Teen Filmmaking, Inc.

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I enjoyed watching your movie. You captured some good interviews. At times I either wanted to know more from your end (less what happened and more how you processed these events both at the time and later in life) or more context about where folks are coming from (for instance I sensed that perhaps there was some tension between certain members of your Jewish family and Beverly but I'm not sure if I was just mis"reading" interviewees answers). All in all, it was well done and interesting - it's nice to hear stories about non-traditional families. Good job!

Emily Bennison  |  June 23, 2007

truly a unique story. love the combination of your families that make you a "jewmaicon" it was portrayed very well. and you seem to be a very strong person.

Isaac Shrem  |  June 17, 2007

very good story!... interviews had great content... whished the interviews were had better lighting and better backgrounds

Craig Chupinsky  |  June 17, 2007

awesome. i'm glad you stuck to a straight forward narrative, since your story is so compelling there's no need for gimmickry.

christine  |  June 15, 2007

Touching commentary on the ways "family" can mutate.

Margaret  |  June 04, 2007

this is hot! seriously, i came here to support GAP work, but this piece is the fire! many congratulations on a beautiful video.

Dan O'Reilly-Rowe  |  June 02, 2007

realy good liked the music keep up the good work

john  |  May 29, 2007

this girl is a really good movie maker.

bob  |  May 28, 2007

i loved every minute

melania  |  May 28, 2007

best movie ever, honestly

ally  |  May 28, 2007

amazing, touching, tear-jerker

alexandra  |  May 28, 2007

great story love how you told and love the choice of music. your grandmother was hilarious as she just faded out in that one scene... and the Jewmaican sign at the end was awsome!

isaac  |  May 28, 2007

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