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CLARKSTON (working title) aspires to discover the soul of America by examining it through the eyes of outcasts.

Intimate character-driven stories lead us through a small Southern town known as the most diverse square mile in America. Clarkston, Georgia is home to people from over 150 ethnicities, many of whom were forced to flee their homelands as refugees. It's a community where a former white supremacist and a former refugee from different faiths are friends. A place where encroaching bigotry is met with baklava and peaceful protest, where tribes at war around the world find peace and reconciliation, and where U.S. veterans reconnect with the interpreters they served alongside. Clarkston (the town) proves there is much more that unites us than divides us. CLARKSTON (the film) explores how - by the power of resilience and human connection - individuals who were taught to fear and hate one another actually help mend and heal one another, through which they discover what it truly means to be American.

In addition to making a movie, the CLARKSTON team is committed to workforce development by training and hiring residents (many are refugees themselves) interested in filmmaking, and will equip them for careers in the booming Atlanta film industry. Upon release, CLARKSTON will have a dynamic impact and education campaign based on our hope that the reconciliation on display in Clarkston inspires a greater connection and understanding between all Americans.

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The Team

Erin Photo Joseph Photo Emmanuel Photo Mary Beth Photo Abdulkadir Photo Stephen Photo Brenda Photo Caroline Photo


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The stories we are sharing are incredibly relevant today. Our goal is for CLARKSTON to make a massive positive impact in the world. We can't make this movie without your support! Please join us...

How to support CLARKSTON:

1. Make a tax-deductible donation online

2. Make a tax-deductible donation via check

Checks should be mailed to:
Attention: Fiscal Sponsorship
3470 Wilshire Blvd.
Suite 980
Los Angeles, CA 90010

All check donations must be made out to the International Documentary Association (or IDA) with the title of the project (CLARKSTON) and film ID number 4491 clearly noted, preferably in the memo line of the check.

3. If you are interesting in donating stock, volunteering, or would like to learn more about making an impact investment in the film, please email us at

4. Sharing our film social media pages and website with friends and family is also very helpful!

CLARKSTON is a fiscally sponsored project of the International Documentary Association (IDA), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit media arts organization. Contributions in support of CLARKSTON are payable to IDA and are tax-deductible as allowed by law.

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