Dreamers is the result of a collaborative program of Know Your City, the “I Have A Dream” Foundation (IHAD) and filmmaker Brian Lindstrom. The film profiles six teens who entered the IHAD program as first graders at Woodlawn Elementary in Northeast Portland. Now high school seniors, several of the students have dispersed throughout the metro area with their families.

Over the course of 10 weeks, students studied black history, gentrification and identity, by viewing documentaries, reading texts, hearing from guest speakers and partaking in field trips. They then learned basic video production skills, working with award-winning documentary filmmaker Brian Lindstrom (Alien Boy, Finding Normal). The result is a 6-minute interview-styled documentary that shows their collective aspirations and resilience.

Dreamers from know your city on Vimeo.

This program was made possible by the generous support of Mt Hood Cable Regulatory Commission and Regional Arts & Culture Council.

IHAD was founded in 1990 to help low income children reach success in school and college. We deliver a proven combination of core services to students: long-term relationships with caring adults, academic and personal/social support services, and creating a “culture of college” within schools and the students’ families. Since 1990, ten entire 3rd grade classes have been “adopted” with supportive services to help student dreamers succeed through college. Our organization has been able to more than double graduation rates for these students and impact the community through reduced discipline problems and juvenile delinquency. Nearly 900 students have benefited from “I Have a Dream” Foundation programs in Oregon through this model.

Brian Lindstrom is a seasoned documentary filmmaker and teacher. His feature length documentary Alien Boy: The Death and Life of James Chasse debuted at the Portland International Film Festival in 2013. His documentary Finding Normal was named one of the top 10 films of 2007 by the Oregonian. He has taught film and video production at the Northwest Film Center, and received his MFA in directing from Columbia University.