Filmmakers and Producers

Derek Koen

Derek Koen's credits include producing and directing the feature film GHETTO FABULOUS, and the short films WHEN GOOD FOOD GOES BAD and WHEN DOES IT STOP, a visually poetic portrait of a parent's pain when losing a child to the never-ending cycle of violence in the street. WHEN DOES IT STOP was screened at several film festivals and has been screened by public school children in New York and New Jersey. Derek's short documentary MORE THAN 41 SHOTS on police brutality was winner of the IFP/Current TV film contest. Derek is also an experienced Digital Videographer and Editor with credits that include music videos, commercials, short form documentaries, short films and television.

Ouida Washington is an accomplished producer working in a range of film and video fields that include the documentary components at the National Civil Rights Museum, short form documentaries for non-profit organizations, foundations and television. Ouida's career also includes several feature films, award winning music videos, commercials and short narratives. In addition to her producing credits, Ouida was Director of the CAS Intel Computer Clubhouse, developing a creative technology program for children 10-19 years, which lead to her participating on the Advisory Board for the After-School Technology Instructor’s Guide at the American Museum of Natural History.


Beyond the Bricks: A New Era of Education
Derek Koen
Producer: Ouida Washington
2010, 31 min., Color, US
BEYOND THE BRICKS follows African‐ American students Shaquiel Ingram and Erick Graham as they struggle to stay on track in the Newark public school system. Fifteen year‐old Shaquiel is a bright student who enjoys writing poems and playing the trumpet, but finds himself a ward of the court system whe...

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