Tamara Perkins and her team

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Social Issue Documentaries and Media

Making documentaries that inspire dialogue, empower and provide voice for vulnerable communities.

For the last couple of decades my work has been focused on youth healing, development and empowerment and the ways we as community, caregivers, and teachers can support and uplift our young people. About 12 years ago, I discovered the power of film and media to document, share, and educate by facilitating the stories of the children, youth and adults I met and amplifying their voices through film. Apple of Discord Productions was founded in 2006, we’ve created media like short films, program pieces, PSAs, and documentary films.

Apple of Discord Productions produced such films as NIROGA, a program which reaches incarcerated youth through Yoga and mindfulness. LIFE AFTER LIFE, released through community means and a autonomous framework, facilitates the stories of Noel, Harrison, and Chris -- men returning home after 10, 20, and 30 years in prison -- addressing the impact of unaddressed trauma and absence on individual and family, and the precarious journey home post-incarceration. The new documentary, THE WAITING LIST follows Clarissa and Delise, two formerly homeless parents fighting for comprehensive childcare for all. 

I enjoy making documentaries that inspire dialogue, empower and provide voice for vulnerable communities. I am excited to share our/my projects and tell the stories of our shared local and global communities and also the silent crisis that the American family faces

We are currently traveling around the country hosting screenings of LIFE AFTER LIFE, panel discussions, and healing circles to bring communities together. We are currently in production for THE WAITING LIST following a group of women make impactful change for parents. There's plenty to share, discuss, and engage with our Patreon community. Thank you for joining us on our journey. I look forward to our future discussions.

Tamara Perkins, Director,LIFE AFTER LIFE

MORE ABOUT TAMARA & APPLE OF DISCORD PRODUCTIONS

SOCIAL ISSUE AND IMPACT FILMMAKING
Our films and media are made by, with, and for our community. Relationships are lead with success and engagement. It is through partnerships that we are able to develop such a broad audience. Social justice engagement goals for projects include targeted advocacy screenings, a national tour (with film subjects when possible), developing curricula to support community, policy, and educational use.

Producer and Director Tamara Perkins has been a leader in the social justice and juvenile justice reform movement within the Bay Area for over a decade. Her vision of creating LIFE AFTER LIFE was inspired while working inside San Quentin State Prison as a Yoga and meditation instructor in 2006. LIFE AFTER LIFE began as an opportunity to build upon healing and transformation for incarcerated individuals. THE WAITING LIST continues her mission to bring awareness to the inequalities and lack of equity for marginalized families.

PARTICIPATORY FILMMAKING
Tamara's artistic approach comes from a holistic approach to art in mind/body/spirit and the participant relationship with the camera and story. Artistically this is seen as the participants owning and narrating and leading their stories. The frames, shots, sound and editing are all informed by the characters. She makes films about compelling contemporary issues that lead with the art of the story.



SOCIAL JUSTICE WORK, HEALING AND COMMUNITY
As a grief support facilitator since 2001, Tamara has led grief support groups for children, youth, and adults, and organized a free grief support camp for children and youth. Continuing her community film work, she developed programs such as the Wisdom Project and San Quentin Media Project which train at-risk youth and incarcerated men in filmmaking as a tool for transformation. 

As a speaker, Tamara touches topics spanning prison issues and human rights at agencies, universities, and organizations such as Equal Justice Society, USF Law, and Stanford Law. She also served as media keynote for the Houston Institute’s Conference on Race and Inclusion. ‘Life After: Embracing our Common Humanity’, is a TEDx talk she presented. She is a recipient of the National Council on Crime and Delinquency’s Media for a Just Society Award. As a media activist and healer, Tamara envisions a future without prisons, where all trauma-impacted children, youth and adults are not met with harm but held in healing.


GOALS
  • Create a space for sustainable and inclusive community filmmaking, 
  • Invite changemakers on the filmmaking journey to tell their stories,
  • Offer our film as a tool and resource for change, advocacy, and impact,
  • Create meaningful films, media, art, and conversations. 
Join us on this journey:
  • as we take LIFE AFTER LIFE around the country screening and engaging with youth, communities, justice impacted individuals, and people within the law the criminal justice reform and abolition movement. 
  • as we begin the journey of THE WAITING LIST following moms take a local campaign national demanding universal child care in the U.S. 

LIFE AFTER LIFE allows us to witness the redemptive power of love, family and community. We need to ponder the lessons of these lives to avoid the waste of recidivism and understand how we can partner with the once-incarcerated and gain their talents and acquired wisdom to contribute to more resilient and lives to avoid the waste of recidivism and understand how we can partner with the once-incarcerated and gain their talents and acquired wisdom to contribute to more resilient and peaceful communities that benefit us all.”
- Maya Soetoro-Ng, Director of the Matsunaga Institute for Peace
LIFE AFTER LIFE
Humanize not demonize
LIFE AFTER LIFE was filmed and edited over 10 years. It began in 2007 when the men in Tamara’s yoga class at San Quentin State Prison asked her to tell their story. Tamara handed the story over to the men giving them diary cameras to own their narratives. With a holistic approach the team framed LIFE AFTER LIFE around education justice for prisoners. From her relationships and connections within the Bay Area social justice community, Tamara and the LIFE AFTER LIFE team have developed significant relationships with policy and public agencies including the ACLU of Northern California, ACLU of Florida, Alameda County Public Health, Equal Justice Society, The San Francisco Foundation and PolicyLink as well as universities such as Saint Mary’s University and San Francisco State University.



LAL PARTNERS/SPONSORS:
California Endowment
Health Happens Aquí
Sierra Health Foundation
The California Wellness Foundation
CAL Humanities
Berkeley Film Foundation
Docfilm Institute at San Francisco State University
The San Francisco Foundation
PolicyLink
County of Alameda California
St. Mary's College of California
SFFILM

LAL AWARDS:
Green Mountain Film Festival Official Selection
Official Selection New Haven International Film Festival 2017
Official Selection Film Fest 52 2018
Official Selection Justice on Trial Film Festival 2017
Winner Media for a Just Society Award NCCD
Official Selection 16th Oakland International Film Festival 2018

THE IMPACT OF JUVENILE INCARCERATION ON THE COMMUNITY
With 1 in 31 American’s under the umbrella of corrections, there has never been a more pressing time to mobilize the public toward significant prison reform. The prison system in the US is growing at epidemic proportions and primarily targeting people and communities of color. There are 2.2 million people in the nation’s prisons and jails—a 500% increase over the last 40 years. Changes in law and policy, not changes in crime rates, explain most of this increase. The results are overcrowding in prisons and fiscal burdens on states, despite increasing evidence that large-scale incarceration is not an effective means of achieving public safety. Those realities coupled with a lack of support services both inside prison and upon release perpetuate a growing cycle of recidivism. As this cycle grows and perpetuates itself the health and well-being of youth are at risk. At the same time, media representations of incarcerated men and women have dehumanized and alienated them to such a degree that there is little public connection to the problem. This lack of public empathy is the largest hurdle to reform across the prison system. It will take a decisive and concerted action to steer our culture away from the stereotypical fear and anger that dominate public perceptions of incarcerated people and their families.



THE WAITING LIST
The impact of a lack of affordable, appropriate, and accessible childcare has on the American family, especially low-income parents of color.

THE WAITING LIST follows Clarissa and Delise, two parents and childcare advocates who have survived homelessness with their children. Clarissa leads a non-profit while simultaneously leading campaigns for a $140million childcare measure and her personal run for Oakland School Board. The toll of this work becomes terrifyingly clear when Clarissa’s colleague Kim drops dead during the campaign. Delise manages the precarious balance of three jobs while raising four boys, and still finds time to volunteer with Clarissa on the childcare campaign.

UNIVERSAL CHILD CARE AND FAMILY EQUALITY
The United States Congress passed the Comprehensive Child Development Bill in
1971, with Senate vote 63 to 17, If this bill had become law it would have provided a multibillion-dollar national day care system designed partially to make it easier for single parents to work and care for children simultaneously, thereby alleviating strain on the welfare system. President Richard Nixon vetoed the bill in 1972. Instead of issuing in this much-needed support Nixon continued to slash safety net services. Black and brown communities were further ravaged by Reagan’s War on Drugs which brought mandatory minimum sentences for drug possession, including marijuana. Perhaps, even more devastating and causing the current epidemic of poverty and lack of school preparedness was the incredibly harmful evisceration of Welfare, dubbed “Welfare Reform” by the Clintons’ in 1995. Today, 10,000 families are on a waiting list for childcare in Alameda County. And nationally, only 15 percent of the 14.2 million children eligible for federal child care assistance received it in 2012 (the most recent year for which data are available) due to funding cuts.

THE WAITING LIST partners with parent advocates and families trying to navigate parenthood and fight for desperately needed services in a time of increasing isolation, costs, and stigma against those in need of family supports that are provided freely in other nations of our wealth.


Tiers
Community
$1 or more per month
Together we are better. You're supporting social issue and impact filmmaking. Thank you. You'll get my patron-only posts and access to the patron-only feed, where the community discusses issues, advocacy, legislation and true impact on the local and national level.
Supporter
$3 or more per month
Building our village. You'll get access to the patron-only feed, as above, where we discuss and share information, and you'll also be directly emailed keepable/playable/readable downloads of any content (PDFs, MP3s, etc).
Changemaker
$5 or more per month
Strengthening g our circles of change. You'll get all of the above, plus you'll get random surprises in your email. I'll share extra media, diaries, and B-T-S videos with you every once in a while, that aren't public. It will be like being on the front lines of the issues. We're open to ideas and feedback on the types of perks your interested in receiving. 
Organizers
$10 or more per month
Building a robust plan of collective action. You'll get all of the above, plus access to my patron-only monthly webcasts in which i'll chat, discuss, and hosts conversations with interesting people in film, community, and around social justice issues.
Allsyship
$30 or more per month
Strength in numbers.  ART-IN-THE-MAIL. This tier will get you all of the above (access to all downloads, webchats, etc) AND every few months, you can opt-in to receive a piece of signed copy of my films, art, whitepapers, or yoga charts.
Advocate
$50 or more per month only 20 left

Strength in numbers.  (limited to 20) - You'll get all of the above...patron-feed, random surprises, webcasting, plus i'll also send tickets to screenings of LIFE AFTER LIFE or THE WAITING LIST, talks or other events, along with a DVD or download of LIFE AFTER LIFE.

Be a King
$100 or more per month

MLK's Poor People's Campaign lives on in our work for equal distribution of wealth, education, and resources. (limited to 10) - You'll get all of the above...patron-feed, random surprises, and webcasting, along with a DVD or download of LIFE AFTER LIFE, and access to early rough cuts of THE WAITING LIST.

Goals
$0 of $500 per month
We will hire a web designer to optimize our LIFE AFTER LIFE website for our screening and engagement tour.
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Social Issue Documentaries and Media

Making documentaries that inspire dialogue, empower and provide voice for vulnerable communities.

For the last couple of decades my work has been focused on youth healing, development and empowerment and the ways we as community, caregivers, and teachers can support and uplift our young people. About 12 years ago, I discovered the power of film and media to document, share, and educate by facilitating the stories of the children, youth and adults I met and amplifying their voices through film. Apple of Discord Productions was founded in 2006, we’ve created media like short films, program pieces, PSAs, and documentary films.

Apple of Discord Productions produced such films as NIROGA, a program which reaches incarcerated youth through Yoga and mindfulness. LIFE AFTER LIFE, released through community means and a autonomous framework, facilitates the stories of Noel, Harrison, and Chris -- men returning home after 10, 20, and 30 years in prison -- addressing the impact of unaddressed trauma and absence on individual and family, and the precarious journey home post-incarceration. The new documentary, THE WAITING LIST follows Clarissa and Delise, two formerly homeless parents fighting for comprehensive childcare for all. 

I enjoy making documentaries that inspire dialogue, empower and provide voice for vulnerable communities. I am excited to share our/my projects and tell the stories of our shared local and global communities and also the silent crisis that the American family faces

We are currently traveling around the country hosting screenings of LIFE AFTER LIFE, panel discussions, and healing circles to bring communities together. We are currently in production for THE WAITING LIST following a group of women make impactful change for parents. There's plenty to share, discuss, and engage with our Patreon community. Thank you for joining us on our journey. I look forward to our future discussions.

Tamara Perkins, Director,LIFE AFTER LIFE

MORE ABOUT TAMARA & APPLE OF DISCORD PRODUCTIONS

SOCIAL ISSUE AND IMPACT FILMMAKING
Our films and media are made by, with, and for our community. Relationships are lead with success and engagement. It is through partnerships that we are able to develop such a broad audience. Social justice engagement goals for projects include targeted advocacy screenings, a national tour (with film subjects when possible), developing curricula to support community, policy, and educational use.

Producer and Director Tamara Perkins has been a leader in the social justice and juvenile justice reform movement within the Bay Area for over a decade. Her vision of creating LIFE AFTER LIFE was inspired while working inside San Quentin State Prison as a Yoga and meditation instructor in 2006. LIFE AFTER LIFE began as an opportunity to build upon healing and transformation for incarcerated individuals. THE WAITING LIST continues her mission to bring awareness to the inequalities and lack of equity for marginalized families.

PARTICIPATORY FILMMAKING
Tamara's artistic approach comes from a holistic approach to art in mind/body/spirit and the participant relationship with the camera and story. Artistically this is seen as the participants owning and narrating and leading their stories. The frames, shots, sound and editing are all informed by the characters. She makes films about compelling contemporary issues that lead with the art of the story.



SOCIAL JUSTICE WORK, HEALING AND COMMUNITY
As a grief support facilitator since 2001, Tamara has led grief support groups for children, youth, and adults, and organized a free grief support camp for children and youth. Continuing her community film work, she developed programs such as the Wisdom Project and San Quentin Media Project which train at-risk youth and incarcerated men in filmmaking as a tool for transformation. 

As a speaker, Tamara touches topics spanning prison issues and human rights at agencies, universities, and organizations such as Equal Justice Society, USF Law, and Stanford Law. She also served as media keynote for the Houston Institute’s Conference on Race and Inclusion. ‘Life After: Embracing our Common Humanity’, is a TEDx talk she presented. She is a recipient of the National Council on Crime and Delinquency’s Media for a Just Society Award. As a media activist and healer, Tamara envisions a future without prisons, where all trauma-impacted children, youth and adults are not met with harm but held in healing.


GOALS
  • Create a space for sustainable and inclusive community filmmaking, 
  • Invite changemakers on the filmmaking journey to tell their stories,
  • Offer our film as a tool and resource for change, advocacy, and impact,
  • Create meaningful films, media, art, and conversations. 
Join us on this journey:
  • as we take LIFE AFTER LIFE around the country screening and engaging with youth, communities, justice impacted individuals, and people within the law the criminal justice reform and abolition movement. 
  • as we begin the journey of THE WAITING LIST following moms take a local campaign national demanding universal child care in the U.S. 

LIFE AFTER LIFE allows us to witness the redemptive power of love, family and community. We need to ponder the lessons of these lives to avoid the waste of recidivism and understand how we can partner with the once-incarcerated and gain their talents and acquired wisdom to contribute to more resilient and lives to avoid the waste of recidivism and understand how we can partner with the once-incarcerated and gain their talents and acquired wisdom to contribute to more resilient and peaceful communities that benefit us all.”
- Maya Soetoro-Ng, Director of the Matsunaga Institute for Peace
LIFE AFTER LIFE
Humanize not demonize
LIFE AFTER LIFE was filmed and edited over 10 years. It began in 2007 when the men in Tamara’s yoga class at San Quentin State Prison asked her to tell their story. Tamara handed the story over to the men giving them diary cameras to own their narratives. With a holistic approach the team framed LIFE AFTER LIFE around education justice for prisoners. From her relationships and connections within the Bay Area social justice community, Tamara and the LIFE AFTER LIFE team have developed significant relationships with policy and public agencies including the ACLU of Northern California, ACLU of Florida, Alameda County Public Health, Equal Justice Society, The San Francisco Foundation and PolicyLink as well as universities such as Saint Mary’s University and San Francisco State University.



LAL PARTNERS/SPONSORS:
California Endowment
Health Happens Aquí
Sierra Health Foundation
The California Wellness Foundation
CAL Humanities
Berkeley Film Foundation
Docfilm Institute at San Francisco State University
The San Francisco Foundation
PolicyLink
County of Alameda California
St. Mary's College of California
SFFILM

LAL AWARDS:
Green Mountain Film Festival Official Selection
Official Selection New Haven International Film Festival 2017
Official Selection Film Fest 52 2018
Official Selection Justice on Trial Film Festival 2017
Winner Media for a Just Society Award NCCD
Official Selection 16th Oakland International Film Festival 2018

THE IMPACT OF JUVENILE INCARCERATION ON THE COMMUNITY
With 1 in 31 American’s under the umbrella of corrections, there has never been a more pressing time to mobilize the public toward significant prison reform. The prison system in the US is growing at epidemic proportions and primarily targeting people and communities of color. There are 2.2 million people in the nation’s prisons and jails—a 500% increase over the last 40 years. Changes in law and policy, not changes in crime rates, explain most of this increase. The results are overcrowding in prisons and fiscal burdens on states, despite increasing evidence that large-scale incarceration is not an effective means of achieving public safety. Those realities coupled with a lack of support services both inside prison and upon release perpetuate a growing cycle of recidivism. As this cycle grows and perpetuates itself the health and well-being of youth are at risk. At the same time, media representations of incarcerated men and women have dehumanized and alienated them to such a degree that there is little public connection to the problem. This lack of public empathy is the largest hurdle to reform across the prison system. It will take a decisive and concerted action to steer our culture away from the stereotypical fear and anger that dominate public perceptions of incarcerated people and their families.



THE WAITING LIST
The impact of a lack of affordable, appropriate, and accessible childcare has on the American family, especially low-income parents of color.

THE WAITING LIST follows Clarissa and Delise, two parents and childcare advocates who have survived homelessness with their children. Clarissa leads a non-profit while simultaneously leading campaigns for a $140million childcare measure and her personal run for Oakland School Board. The toll of this work becomes terrifyingly clear when Clarissa’s colleague Kim drops dead during the campaign. Delise manages the precarious balance of three jobs while raising four boys, and still finds time to volunteer with Clarissa on the childcare campaign.

UNIVERSAL CHILD CARE AND FAMILY EQUALITY
The United States Congress passed the Comprehensive Child Development Bill in
1971, with Senate vote 63 to 17, If this bill had become law it would have provided a multibillion-dollar national day care system designed partially to make it easier for single parents to work and care for children simultaneously, thereby alleviating strain on the welfare system. President Richard Nixon vetoed the bill in 1972. Instead of issuing in this much-needed support Nixon continued to slash safety net services. Black and brown communities were further ravaged by Reagan’s War on Drugs which brought mandatory minimum sentences for drug possession, including marijuana. Perhaps, even more devastating and causing the current epidemic of poverty and lack of school preparedness was the incredibly harmful evisceration of Welfare, dubbed “Welfare Reform” by the Clintons’ in 1995. Today, 10,000 families are on a waiting list for childcare in Alameda County. And nationally, only 15 percent of the 14.2 million children eligible for federal child care assistance received it in 2012 (the most recent year for which data are available) due to funding cuts.

THE WAITING LIST partners with parent advocates and families trying to navigate parenthood and fight for desperately needed services in a time of increasing isolation, costs, and stigma against those in need of family supports that are provided freely in other nations of our wealth.


Recent posts by Tamara Perkins and her team

Tiers
Community
$1 or more per month
Together we are better. You're supporting social issue and impact filmmaking. Thank you. You'll get my patron-only posts and access to the patron-only feed, where the community discusses issues, advocacy, legislation and true impact on the local and national level.
Supporter
$3 or more per month
Building our village. You'll get access to the patron-only feed, as above, where we discuss and share information, and you'll also be directly emailed keepable/playable/readable downloads of any content (PDFs, MP3s, etc).
Changemaker
$5 or more per month
Strengthening g our circles of change. You'll get all of the above, plus you'll get random surprises in your email. I'll share extra media, diaries, and B-T-S videos with you every once in a while, that aren't public. It will be like being on the front lines of the issues. We're open to ideas and feedback on the types of perks your interested in receiving. 
Organizers
$10 or more per month
Building a robust plan of collective action. You'll get all of the above, plus access to my patron-only monthly webcasts in which i'll chat, discuss, and hosts conversations with interesting people in film, community, and around social justice issues.
Allsyship
$30 or more per month
Strength in numbers.  ART-IN-THE-MAIL. This tier will get you all of the above (access to all downloads, webchats, etc) AND every few months, you can opt-in to receive a piece of signed copy of my films, art, whitepapers, or yoga charts.
Advocate
$50 or more per month only 20 left

Strength in numbers.  (limited to 20) - You'll get all of the above...patron-feed, random surprises, webcasting, plus i'll also send tickets to screenings of LIFE AFTER LIFE or THE WAITING LIST, talks or other events, along with a DVD or download of LIFE AFTER LIFE.

Be a King
$100 or more per month

MLK's Poor People's Campaign lives on in our work for equal distribution of wealth, education, and resources. (limited to 10) - You'll get all of the above...patron-feed, random surprises, and webcasting, along with a DVD or download of LIFE AFTER LIFE, and access to early rough cuts of THE WAITING LIST.