Striving for the Extraordinary

Told primarily through the voices of students and mentors,“Striving for the Extraordinary” tells the story of how a community college responded to the national problem of black male achievement by developing and successfully implementing the Diverse Male Student Initiatives. The documentary focuses on the educational challenges of young men of color and the institution's solution for helping them enter, persist and successfully complete college. The film provides an up-close and inside look at students sharing their feelings and speaking their truth about the real struggles they face going to college and how one unconventional educator's motivational approach to mentoring is helping them transition into their manhood and complete their education.

  • Angela Brown Mathis
    Director
  • Angela Brown Mathis
    Writer
  • Angela Brown Mathis
    Producer
  • Angela Brown Mathis
    Editor
  • Marshall Johnson, Jr.
    Editor
  • Brian Hamlin
    Executive Producer
  • Marshall Johnson, Jr.
    Associate Producer
  • Project Type:
    Documentary
  • Runtime:
    56 minutes 49 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 28, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    50,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Private VIP Premiere Screening
    Largo, MD
    United States
    April 28, 2016
Director - Angela Brown Mathis