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In Production - New Docuseries "Common Ground" - Teens and Law Enforcement Come Together To Talk

Over the last year, we've been in production for a docuseries called, 'Common Ground." We dove deep into the social issues plaguing inner cities surrounding crime, violence, race, and negative police interactions.  The docuseries we are filming focuses on the healing and positive interactions between the community and law enforcement. Learn more and stay tuned on how we start to hear and see more positive conversations and begin the healing of our local communities.

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** PRESS ** New Docuseries Generation Change Brings ‘Common Ground’ to Trenton Law Enforcement and Youth Discussing Gun Violence

Photo Credit: Anthony Stull



New Docuseries Generation Change Brings 'Common Ground' to Trenton Law Enforcement and Youth Discussing Gun Violence


TRENTON, NJ –Trenton’s next generation of law enforcement and Trenton teens came together to voice their opinions on how to overcome historically, negative interactions that resulted in distrust, a lack of respect and violence within the community through a series of sit down discussions captured in the docuseries called, ‘Common Ground.’  ‘Common Ground,’ is part of the Generation Change docuseries, which focuses on positively changing the way we think about the fractured state of our cities and provide solutions needed for a better future.  

            In attendance for the final day of break out discussions was Mayor Reed Gusciora, who had an opportunity to meet Trenton’s teens and Trenton police officers, who participated in this groundbreaking project. Mayor Gusciora also sat down for an on camera interview with Emmy winning journalist Alicia Nieves to share his thoughts on working on educational film projects such as ‘Common Ground,’ that shed light on important topics through film by highlighting positive solutions and initiating new conversations that can further mend community and law enforcement relations. 

The film was moderated by Emmy award-winning journalist Alicia Nieves and directed by Joseph A. Halsey, who grew up in Trenton. “I want to give back to the neighborhood in which I grew up in,” said Halsey, Director and co-owner of seven13films. It was difficult for me when I grew up here and I know how it is for these kids now. One of the ways to change that is through bringing awareness and we look to do that through the Generation Change docuseries.”

Through interviews with educators, law enforcement, public officials and social workers, Generation Change seeks to bring healing around some of the issues that fracture communities nationwide and those who live in it. For the youths who have been challenged due to negative environmental factors such as abuse, lack of education, poverty, violence and family problems, they now have a platform to share their voices and tell their stories.

            “It’s an important project on many levels,” said Lee Kolinsky, writer and co-owner of seven13 Films. “We are not only creating this series, but also hope to achieve a better relationship among those affected by the dangers in the city.

            Along with the docuseries, seven13 films has partnered with the James R. Halsey Foundation to create the Let’s Film Project, which helps youths develop filmmaking skills in order to be better prepared for the job market. Learn more about the JRH Foundation here: https://www.jrhfoundation.org/


About seven13 Films.
Seven13 films is dedicated to providing social messages that spark conversation through the art of filmmaking. With several years of experience in television and film, seven13 films offers comprehensive media strategies designed to drive education, awareness, community outreach and engagement on important public issues.  Learn more about Seven13 films: https://www.seven13films.nyc/

Joseph A. Halsey- Executive Producer
& Director of Docuseries:
 "Common Ground" 


Seven13 Films and Rider University Present Youth Symposium with Trenton Mayoral Candidates Thursday, April 19, 6:30 p.m.


Seven13 Films and Rider University Present Youth Symposium with Trenton Mayoral Candidates Thursday, April 19, 6:30 p.m.  

Alicia Nieves of CBS 3’s Eyewitness News to Moderate Youth Symposium at Rider University After Special Screening of Documentary ‘Generation Change’



LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ, – April 2, 2018 – Seven13 Films and Rider University will present a youth symposium with Trenton Mayoral candidates and moderated by Alicia Nieves of CBS 3’s Eyewitness News. Mayoral candidates in attendance will be Darren Green, Reed Gusciora, Annette Horton-Lartigue, Paul Perez and Walker Worthy Jr. The public event will take place on Thursday, April 19, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. at Rider University. Attendees must register in advance through Eventbrite.com
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The symposium will feature today’s youth, who will ask the panel of mayoral candidate’s question on how they would improve the social challenges of Trenton. The youths selected to ask the questions will be from local schools and youth organizations. Each candidate will have limited time to answer each question.

Prior to the youth symposium, seven13 Films will be screening an episode of their docuseries Generation Change and the Rider University students will be screening their featurette Generation Change: It Starts with Us.

“It is amazing to see the film we have created has brought together the world of politics and education all one in place. “says Lee Kolinsky, co-owner of seven13 Films. “With CBS-3 and Alicia Nieves participating in the event, it’s the right step for great things to come.”

Directed and produced by Joseph A. Halsey and written and produced by Kolinsky, the docuseries Generation Change was created with a mission to increase social awareness about issues affecting our local youth. The film features Good Morning America’s Adrienne Bankert and youths from the organization PEI Kids.

 “We created this episode of Generation Change to find out what Trenton youths would do in their community if they were mayor,” says Joseph A. Halsey, co-owner of seven13 Films. “Now, these kids will get a chance to ask the mayoral candidates what they would change if they were elected.” Halsey adds, “Our film was designed to inspire a conversation and promote positive change in the community.”

The event is being planned and produced by Rider University students in “COM341 Publicity Methods,” a course currently being taught by Adjunct Professor Kathy Magrino. Since January, Magrino’s class has been working closely with seven13 Films and media consultant Margaret Fontana of Margaret Fontana Media.

“Producing and promoting this event has provided a great ‘real-world’ learning experience for everyone involved,” Magrino says. “My students and I are very excited to be working with Joe and Margaret and the entire seven13 Films crew. We are so grateful to them for this opportunity and for all of their time and guidance!”

For more information about the event or to register to attend, go to the Eventbrite registration page online: http://bit.ly/RiderScreeningEvent. Or contact Kathy Magrino at kmagrino@rider.edu.

About Generation Change
Generation Change is a docuseries that interviews adjudicated and at-risk Trenton city youth focusing on how they would solve current problems in their community such as building positive relationships with law enforcement and local government. The film features Good Morning America’s Adrienne Bankert and the Official Anthem of Generation Change features singer/actor Badia Farha with recording artist Dominic Jones.  Generation Change anthem produced by Joseph A. Halsey and John Swanhart.

About seven13 Films
Seven13 films is dedicated to providing social messages that spark conversation through the art of filmmaking. With several years of experience in television and film, seven13 films offers comprehensive media strategies designed to drive education, awareness, community outreach and engagement on important public issues.