Chris Dean’s heart stopped when he was two. He died but he came back. When Chris was five, his father was murdered, riddled by more than 20 bullets in a gang shootout. At age 18, Chris gained national attention when he introduced President Barack Obama at his high school graduation. Chris is an observer and philosopher who has always had a few things to say about life from his vantage point in South Memphis. He and Emmy-Award winning filmmaker Alan Spearman walked the neighborhood for eight weeks observing and recording what became the script of AS I AM. This film floats through this remarkable young man's landscape, revealing the lives that have shaped his world. Poetic and powerful imagery, captured by Spearman and cinematographer Mark Adams combines with the young philosopher’s trenchant observations about life.

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AS I AM screened at The White House as part of a special program for My Brother's Keeper and the Arts, August, 2015
AS I AM, as part of package on Memphis Poverty, is nominated for National Emmy, July, 2013
ITVS on PBS: National broadcast on PBS, April, 2013
NPPA: Best Use of Multimedia 2013, March, 2013
Time Magazine | Lightbox, March, 2013 Best Cinematography of 2012, February, 2013
NY Daily News, February, 2013
Daily Mail, February, 2013
Photo District News, January, 2013 (subscription required) Top Rated of All Time, January 2013
Vimeo: Best 12 Films of 2012, December 2012
PBS Need to Know, December, 2012
Vimeo: Best of October 2012, November 2012, October 2012, October 2012, October 2012
The Photo Society - National Geographic, October, 2012