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What’s your doc about – in 10 words or less? Two boys grow­ing up in the Re­gent Park hous­ing project.

How’d you first hear about their story? I met Mikey and Ken­dell through Ainsworth, their public school teacher, who grew up in Re­gent. Ini­tially, I thought I was go­ing to fol­low them for a year and see what hap­pened. It turned into three.

How close did you get to your sub­jects? When I started, I wanted it to be as far away from per­sonal as could be be­cause I’d just fin­ished a film about my fam­ily. But I couldn’t help but get drawn into the boys’ and their moms’ lives in a very per­sonal way.

Where will Re­gent Park be in five years? I think the big ques­tion is what will Re­gent Park be in 12 years, af­ter the re­de­vel­op­ment is fin­ished. For that I do not have an an­swer. You were nom­i­nated for an Os­car in 2005 for your short Hard­wood. Any me­men­toes from the big night? I had a choco­late Os­car I brought back from the Gover­nor’s Ball. I saved it, think­ing it was go­ing to be amaz­ing, but it wasn’t. If you re­made your film as a drama, who would star? I’d prob­a­bly cast un­knowns for Ken­dell and Mikey and have Vi­ola Davis and An­gela Bas­sett play their moth­ers.

Screen­ing May 2, 9 and 10

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