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  • In the spirit of collaboration, composer DBR meets with Avery to bring music to her story.

    In the spirit of collaboration, composer DBR meets with Avery to bring music to her story.

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  • Still from Off and Running: A Very American Coming of Age Story

    Still from Off and Running: A Very American Coming of Age Story

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The Film

With white Jewish lesbians for parents and two adopted brothers — one mixed-race and one Korean — Brooklyn teenager Avery grew up in a unique and loving household. But when her curiosity about her African American roots grows, she decides to contact her birth mother. This choice propels Avery into her own complicated exploration of race, identity, and family that threatens to distance her from the parents she’s always known.

She begins staying away from home, starts skipping school, and risks losing her shot at the college track career she had always dreamed of. But when Avery decides to pick up the pieces of her life and make sense of her identity, the results are inspiring. Off and Running follows Avery to the brink of adulthood, exploring the strength of family bonds and the lengths to which people must go to become themselves.

The Filmmakers

  1. Nicole OpperProducer/Director
  2. Sharese Bullock-BaileyProducer