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The births of Jack and June, the third multiracial generation in filmmaker Eli Steele's family, coincided with a startling projection: by 2050, at least 20% of all Americans will self-identify as two or more races. What will this mean in a... See more »

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Eli Steele ...
Self - Father to Jack & June
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Marcia Dawkins ...
Self - Professor & Author
Eric Jackolski ...
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Angie McKee ...
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Clay Cane ...
Self - Journalist Jersey City
Tim Groseclose ...
Self - UCLA Political Science & Economics Professor
Richard Sander ...
Self - Professor of Law: UCLA Law School
Katelin Wagner ...
Self - College Applicant
Jennifer Ceci ...
Self - UCLA, B.A., Harvard Ed.M: Film Production Management
Rita Steele ...
Self - Grandmother to Jack & June
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Self - Massachusetts Senator (archiveFootage) (as Sen. Scott Brown)
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Dante de Blasio ...
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Joseph Lhota ...
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Self - Chariman, Los Angeles County Republican Party
Libby Maxwell ...
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William Maxwell ...
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Zachary Maxwell ...
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Shahrazad Ali ...
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Noche Diaz ...
Self - Revolutionary Communist Party New York
Andrew Thomas ...
Self - Community Relations & Neighborhood Engagement Dir.: City of Sanford, FL
Peggy McIntosh ...
Self - Author, 'White Priviledge: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack'
Abby Ferber ...
Self - Director, Women's & Ethnic Studies: Universit of Colorado, Colorado Springs
Susie Mechtel ...
Self - Conference Attendee
Emmanuel Cannady ...
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Cody Westheimer

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J.M. Bartelt
Kimby Caplan

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Eli Steele

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Jessica Crymes ... boom operator
Garrett Schultz ... sound editor

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Camila Camilo ... additional photography
Jessica Crymes ... additional photography

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J.M. Bartelt ... animator

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Camila Camilo ... production assistant
Jessica Crymes ... production assistant
Rebekah Louisa Smith ... film festival strategist

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The births of Jack and June, the third multiracial generation in filmmaker Eli Steele's family, coincided with a startling projection: by 2050, at least 20% of all Americans will self-identify as two or more races. What will this mean in a nation tormented by race? Born black, Jewish and deaf, Steele battled childhood bullying. Then, as an adult, he battled identity politics in both education and employment. He believed that holding onto his individuality, rather than his skin color, was part of America's promise to him. However, Steele's belief in this promise was shaken when his son was denied entrance to a public school for refusing to name his "primary race." Why does race still matter so much? To find out, Steele journeys into uncharted territory where he takes on identity politics through interviews with multiracial individuals and through thoughtful re-examinations of headline controversies -- the George Zimmerman trial, a conference on white privilege, and the DeBlasio campaign. The result is an emotional, yet unbiased look at race that Adam Carolla called "eye-opening," that National Review declared "fascinating," and that Hollywood In Toto said "demolished Identity Politics."

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