"Wide Open Dreams"- a short documentary film about the Greyston Bakery and
their employee -Shawna Swanson.
Greyston creates job opportunities and provides services to enable
self-sufficiency through its Open Hiring model. For people like Shawna,
Greyston is very often the last chance for finding gainful employment.
The window of opportunity for the bakery is always open, no matter how old are
you, or the experience you have. Greyston Bakery gives employees like Shawna
a better chance at life. In serving the people of Yonkers, they promote
inclusion, offer support to disenfranchised people, battle against systemic
inequities, and advocate for a level playing field.
Brownies that create trust-building, future-making, life-changing revolution.
To make this film we need your help! Without a budget, we can't make this
happen. Most of our crew volunteer their time, but we need fundings to cover all
the expenses such as:
equipment rentals, locations, catering, transportation, post-production, and
ANY donation will be highly appreciated.
As a young team, blend of Polish, American, South African filmmakers, we are
very motivated to explore the world of film. Unfortunately, we struggle with
a lack of resources. Only with your help, this film may come to life, and we get the chance to tell a story, that inspires us and may inspire others to create a better
We prepared special prizes for people who support our film! Please check out the list in the images. By supporting our film you can get extra film gadgets, Greyston brownies, personalized thank you cards, and videos from the crew.
Because you are a part of this film!
As a director and producer of the film, I would like to share a story that deeply
inspired me. Filmmaking is a way to touch people's hearts and awake the vision.
It's a remarkable way to take the audience to other places and to open their
minds. Listening to personal stories of the employees touched something in me
and I immediately knew I want to put it on a screen and share it with others!
As a female director, it is important to me to present stories of strong women.
Shawna Swanson is one of them- brave, magnificent woman of color.
Her courage to change the life is beyond belief. Getting to know Shawna and
Greyston Bakery put me in a position of feeling a mission for telling the story.
We very often don't know about the local places that in silence are changing
people's lives for the better.
Everyone deserves a chance, and with this film, we can present Greyston and
their large and devoted entourage. We will get to know people grateful for every moment of their current life, every chance and opportunity that comes their way, and appreciative for the mere fact of having a job.
By the genre of documentary besides creating empathy, we can create awareness about important social issues. This mode gives the viewer access to subjects in
a completely different, inaccessible form.
For me, it is the vehicle for change.
I feel incredibly fortunate to be able to work on this film and to share the
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