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Voices of the Hill: A Twinsburg Heights Community Documentary

Located in Summit County, Twinsburg Heights is made up of 14 streets in Twinsburg, Ohio. It is listed as a census-designated place or CDP, which basically means it’s a community that doesn’t enjoy the same rights as the rest of Twinsburg. Through the years, it’s earned a reputation for being scary—a false stereotype deeply rooted in racism (the Klu Klux Klan once stood at the bottom of the hill that divides the area from Twinsburg in an effort to intimidate the segregated African-American population). For many years the city largely ignored the Heights. Its citizens had to fight for such basic necessities as roads and street lights. In fact, they didn’t have running water until 1973. But despite the lack of support, Heights residents always rallied together, helping their neighbors, even teaming up to build a community center. Their inspiring story is the focus of VOICES OF THE HILL, a documentary that was made mainly by Twinsburg high school students. It’s a heartfelt tribute to the hardworking men and women who built their neighborhood with an abundance of blood, sweat, and tears.

  • Carla LynDale Carter
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  • Runtime:
    1 hour 13 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    June 23, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    30,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Cleveland International Film Festival
    Cleveland, Ohio
    United States
    March 31, 2017
  • Greater Cleveland Urban Film Festival
    United States
    September 22, 2016
    Official Selection
  • Twinsburg Historical Society
    Twinsburg, Ohio
    United States
    February 26, 2017
  • Twinsburg City School District Community Forum
    Twinsburg, Ohio
    United States
    February 8, 2017
  • Community Screening
    United States
    June 23, 2016
    Red Carpet Premier for Community
Director Biography - Carla LynDale Carter

Carla LynDale Carter-Bishop is a filmmaker and teacher of film to people of all ages. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, she received her BA in Cinema Studies from the University of Chicago and her MFA in Film and Media Arts from Temple University in Philadelphia. She has spent more than a decade teaching various community groups how to make documentaries that promote social change and using media as a tool for activism. In 2013 she started the organization, Focused Arts, which engages youth in documentary filmmaking to create media that matters in their communities. Her body of work as a filmmaker involves giving voice to individuals or societies that typically do not have a voice of their own in the media.

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