BUMPER CROP: And The Winner Is…   

BUMPER CROP: And The Winner Is…  

Gaining Ground: The Fight For Black Land continues to garner accolades and awards, recently capturing the Jury Prize at Brand Storytelling at Sundance. Pictured above is Michael Counter, VP, Head of Branded Entertainment & Strategic Partnerships at Al Roker Entertainment; the producing partner of Gaining Ground, and Eternal Polk, the writer, director, and producer of this award-winning documentary at the recent Sundance-sanctioned event. But wait, there’s more! Check out our other festival and industry awards by clicking the photo.

BOUNTIFUL HARVEST: Gaining Ground in the News!

BOUNTIFUL HARVEST: Gaining Ground in the News!

From blogs to Black radio, Gaining Ground has inspired a good deal of coverage from those interested in not just the award-winning documentary, but also the issues the film spotlights regarding Black land loss. We are grateful for the various and varied coverage of this film and its journey as we continue to present it at Summer film festivals. Click through to link to the many ways Gaining Ground has been presented in the media and be sure to follow the film on Instagram for the latest news, events, and press links.

GAINING GROUND Clips & Conversation – 2023 North Carolina Black Film Festival

GAINING GROUND Clips & Conversation – 2023 North Carolina Black Film Festival

Gaining Ground: The Fight for Black Land was the subject of a sneak peek on May 20 at the 20th Annual North Carolina Black Film Festival in beautiful historic Wilmington, NC. The film’s director, Eternal Polk joined John Deere’s LEAP Manager Tharlyn Fox at NCBFF to discuss the documentary and the issues covered in the film. This event served as an unofficial kickoff to the forthcoming film festival circuit that will feature Gaining Ground as we go through the Summer. We are grateful for the opportunity to present the issues concerning Black farmers at this intimate gathering. Click through to read more.

Horizon Media NOIR CORE – Black History Month Panel

Horizon Media NOIR CORE – Black History Month Panel

Over 100 invited guests of Horizon Media attended this virtual Black History Month Event with Gaining Ground Writer/Director, Eternal Polk and moderated by Horizon Media’s NOIR CORE members, Alysha Carson and Kyla Nwede. After viewing a clip from the Gaining Ground documentary, the panel explored the history and modern-day realities of Black soil, agriculture, and gardening with each offering how we can continue to progress not only as a society via opportunities but also as individuals, by tending to healing our own internal gardens.

Gaining Ground Producer/Director Eternal Polk and John Deere’s Johane Domersant featured speakers at Charting Your Own Course Conference (CYOC)

Gaining Ground Producer/Director Eternal Polk and John Deere’s Johane Domersant featured speakers at Charting Your Own Course Conference (CYOC)

Johane Domersant, Head of Global Talent Supply, and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion/John Deere, and Gaining Ground Producer/Director Eternal Polk offer inspirational advice to career-minded attendees using their personal stories as motivation. This event took place in Orlando December 2022.

Al Roker Hosts John Deere Execs and Producer / Director Eternal Polk at Advertising Week New York

Al Roker Hosts John Deere Execs and Producer / Director Eternal Polk at Advertising Week New York

In this packed discussion at Advertising Week NYC, Al Roker moderated a conversation with Mara Downing, Vice President, Global Brand Management and Corporate Communications/John Deere, Johane Domersant, Head of Global Talent Supply, and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion/John Deere, and Gaining Ground Producer/Director Eternal Polk on how brands can effectively craft storytelling to communicate solutions to social issues. This event also teased the documentary Gaining Ground – The Fight For Black Land with clips and discussion. The complete talk is presented above.