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Just One

Two young adults re-live the single police encounter that changed their lives forever. Now they're demanding change and helping other dual-status youths live productive lives.

  • Lisa N. Alexander
    What Mercy Looks Like
  • Lisa N. Alexander
    What Mercy Looks Like
  • Donna Willis
    Key Cast
  • Caitlin Cornelius
    Key Cast
  • Cristina Ocampo
    Key Cast
  • Sifa Opot
    Key Cast
  • Cozy Williams
    Key Cast
  • Angel Jackson
    Key Cast
  • Katie Opot
    Key Cast
  • Waleed Qureshi
    Key Cast
  • Kelly Opot
    Executive Producer
  • Elgin Alexander
    Director of Photography
    What Mercy Looks Like
  • Gavin Wegener
    Director of Photography
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Runtime:
    31 minutes 14 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 21, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Lisa N. Alexander

Lisa produced her first documentary entitled, What Mercy Looks Like in 2017 with her husband Elgin. The story focuses on the volunteers who helped rebuild Houston after Hurricane Harvey and the organization that spearheaded the mission. The documentary won a Gold Remi at the 2018 WorldFest Houston International Independent Film Festival.

Known as The Marketing Stylist® for most of her career, Lisa N. Alexander has worked as an art director, graphic designer, and marketing director. Now as the owner of the award-winning creative agency PrettyWork Creative LLC (PWC), she serves as the company’s CEO and creative director. She along with her team help their clients tell amazing stories through video.

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Director Statement

Collective Action for Youth (CA4Y) asked me to help tell their story but on one condition. They didn't want the participants portrayed as victims in need of a savior. They wanted the young people shown as resilient and empowered.

I gladly accepted the challenge.

At the beginning of this project, I had no idea what a dual-status was.

I do now.

Dually youth are young people who find themselves in both the foster care and juvenile correctional systems. And shocking to me was that all it took was Just One incident to change the life of a child forever. Just. One.

The interview with former Texas Juvenile Correctional Officer, Sharee Cammon left me speechless. After her interview, there was nothing left to do but pack up our gear and go home.

CA4Y is run by youth with lived experience who advocate for change within the legislative and legal system. They also help impacted youth and their families by helping them get their records expunged and connecting them to life-changing resources.

These young people are smart and have overcome so many obstacles.

It's been a pleasure to tell their story.