Reviews and Festivals
"A very good resource for many academic pursuits including education, school administration, grant writing, and African American studies... Those studying 'redlining' and other legal and environmental racism may find interest in this documentary as well as Petersburg, VA in general. Recommended. Students studying Education, School and/or Public Administration, African American Studies, and Government could all benefit from viewing Petersburg Rising."
— Video Librarian
"Highly Recommended. A very positive and aspirational tone... We, the viewer, are reminded that for poor students, the road to college graduation is still difficult to obtain, even with a great secondary school background."
— Educational Media Reviews Online
"An example of how investing in our children and their education makes the difference, and we are proud to announce its selection in the upcoming Culver City Film Festival...The message that Petersburg Rising sends, validates our students, educators and communities. We hope this journey will be shared across America as the beginning of something larger."
— Culver City Film Festival
"I was so moved by this work. I was literally brought to tears by this film. You come to know these kids and get a new perspective of their story. This brings the human element to the statistics."
— Heather Waters, Founder, Richmond International Film Festival
"Explores how Petersburg is overcoming economic hardships to strengthen public schools and build a successful future. Highlighting a community right in our backyard."
— WRIC ABC
"Petersburg Rising. It's more than a catchy title. For students, parents, school, and city leaders, it's what they want the world to know about the positive things going on in the city and the school system."
— Shelby Brown, WTVR
Richmond Film Festival, Audience Choice
Richmond Film Festival, Founders Award
Culver City Film Festival, Best TV Documentary
Oliver White Hill Social Justice Short Film Competition
Big Apple Film Festival and Screenplay Competition
Richmond International Film Festival
Culver City Film Festival