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Beneath The Surface

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Trina Reynolds-Tyler, a data scientist and journalist at the Invisible Institute, investigates gender-based violence found in complaints made against the Chicago Police Department.

Directors Spotlight

Cai Thomas


Cai Thomas is a documentary filmmaker and cinematographer based in Chicago telling stories at the intersection of location, self determination, and identity about Black youth and elders. She grew up in Miami’s Liberty City neighborhood and is deeply interested in stories rooted in place. Her previous film, Queenie, about a Black lesbian elder in Brooklyn’s Bed Stuy neighborhood premiered at NewFest in 2020 winning the NY Short Grand Jury award and is currently streaming on the Criterion Channel. She is a NeXt Doc alum. Cai is currently developing a film about Black Lesbian family planning.

  • Year: 2023
  • Runtime: 6 minutes
  • Country: USA
  • Language: English
  • Director: Cai Thomas
  • Cinematographer: Zac Manuel
  • Editor: Paloma Martinez
  • Executive Producer: Lois Vossen and Sally Jo Fifer
  • Music: Max Moran
  • Producer: Lauren Grace Cargo
  • Premiere: World

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