El Sawyer is a filmmaker and social justice advocate based in Philadelphia. Drawing on his own experience with incarceration, and re-entry, Sawyer spent 8 years in a maximum security prison, he speaks internationally on the challenges of reentry, recidivism, and neglected communities. EL has won numerous awards for his film and community work; was invited to meet with President Obama about criminal justice reform and was named a 2016 Rauschenberg Foundation Artist-as-Activist fellow. Along with his friend and business partner Jon Kaufman, together they founded Media in Neighborhoods Group (MING). MING is a film/media company that explores and brings awareness to the challenges that persist in underserved sections of society and advocates for solutions. Producing documentaries, and creating video content for government agencies, non-profits, and brands. Over the last decade, MING has consistently offered (informal) professional mentorship for high-risk populations in diverse community settings. In the Fall of 2017, they launched the SHOOTERS program. The goal of the program is to train formerly incarcerated individuals with the skills needed for a career in media and to provide long-term employability.