Straight, No Chaser Productions (SNC) is a community-minded filmmaking ensemble and creative media solutions firm that seeks to challenge ignorance, inspire thought, and open dialogue through a kaleidoscope of stimulating and entertaining film projects and workshops.
The avant garde guerrillas of Straight, No Chaser first said "action" in the hectic atmosphere of the 48 Hour Film Project, yielding the critically-acclaimed detective short Paper Trail, which was accepted to the Martha's Vineyard African-American Film Festival. Thus "hitting the ground running", they went on shortly thereafter to win Black Entertainment Television's Rap-It-Up Black AIDS Institute Short Subject Film Competition and the 2006 Cable Positive Outstanding Programming Award for their HIV-based short Multitude of Mercies. Multitude of Mercies has screened at the 2006 International World AIDS Conference in Toronto, and the 2006 Pan African Film Festival. SNC was also a finalist in the Washington DC Mayor's Arts Awards under the category of Outstanding Emerging Artist, held at the Kennedy Center.
In 2007 SNC's Chief Creative Director, Charneice Fox began outlining a plan for youth media workshops. She presented this documentary program to the DC based non-profit organization One Common Unity, and A NU VIEW was born. The first documentary produced by the students of A NU VIEW, A Weigh With Words, examines how the words we use everyday can create conflict or extend compassion. The students were able to interview hip hop legend Daryl "DMC" McDaniels, Rev. Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, Raheem DeVaughn, and Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton. A Weigh With Words was screened at the National Museum of Women in the Arts as part of their youth media series. The second film produced through A NU VIEW is the highly anticipated The MLK Streets Project which examines the merit of Chris Rock's joke about the streets named after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This film featured interviews civil rights legend Mr. Harry Belafonte, actor and activist Danny Glover, Judge Joe Brown and Author Walter Mosley.
SNC's youth media workshops have been presented to conferences and various audiences across the country. Their work has been featured on CNN, NBC, BBC, ABC, CBS, BET, The Washington Post, and The Washington Blade.
Artists. Activists. Educators. The SNC team's collective resume boasts an MBA from University of Maryland, a Masters in Special Education from The George Washington University, a Masters in Academic Administration from Trinity University, and an undergraduate degree from Howard University in Communications with a specialization in film. Members of this collective have worked for The United Way of the National Capital Area, Americans for the Arts, and The Black AIDS Insititute.