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Wednesday, March 8, 2023

Indeed has partnered with Hillman Grad - Again

For the third year in a row, Indeed has partnered with Hillman Grad to bring together their powerful initiative, Rising Voices. Rising Voices selects 10 BIPOC filmmakers to provide them with the tools, expense, and mentorship to create a state-of-the-art film. These films will debut at the world-famous Tribeca Film Festival in June 2023. 

Checkout this video that captures the essence of the Rising Voices program and how the platform has helped others over the past two years.


Larry Owens, and James Rogers III are talented black filmmakers who were selected this year. With this initiative, they will have expert assistance to grow their skills and advance their careers. Please read their bios below.


Larry Owens


Larry Owens is a multi-hyphenate artist whose work has appeared prominently in the arenas of theater, television, film, comedy, and music. Training: The School at Steppenwolf. Larry is ecstatic to be making his directorial debut with Indeed, 271 Films, and Hillman Grad Productions.


James Rogers III

James Rogers III is an award-winning writer, producer, and director from Compton, California. He tells stories that center otherness in deeply imaginative (often fantastical) worlds, showcasing the magic of inner-city opulence that inspires him to create and audiences to dream. He has written and produced Emmy-nominated content for Disney+, Showtime, Netflix, Amazon, and more. Before storytelling, James directed a literary summer school in South LA, worked on Capitol Hill during the Obama years, and nearly became a lawyer alongside his father. James graduated from USC's Peter Stark Producing MFA Program; his thesis project, "Felix" is an award-winning animated short that screened across various festivals. James loves planning murder mystery parties and roller skating and knows more about Pokémon than anyone should.

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