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Pressure Gradient [Excerpt from the Feature Film]

October 6, 2023 - November 12, 2023

Opening Reception: October 6
Screening and Discussion: October 20 at 7pm

Pressure Gradient explores the depth of human resilience and dignity in the face of generational and systemic traumas. Filmed during protests in response to police violence and in the middle of a global pandemic, the film is a story of beauty and power blooming in the harshest environment. Through interviews and extensive documentary footage, Pressure Gradient tells a story of grace and pride amid destruction in a uniquely intimate and fluid way. In this excerpt, and in the forthcoming full-length feature, the filmmaker aims to lift up the voices of the activist movement in his community and offer a love letter to Rochester, NY.

About the Artist

Hawk is a cinematographer, photographer, and editor. He became principal documentarian of the 2020 Black Lives Matter protest movement in Rochester, NY. Trusted by the community and movement leadership, Hawk has captured an intimate portrait of love, solidarity and rebellion in one of the most segregated regions in the continent. @itsmdnt


This film is supported by the Rooftop Film Fund, ESL Black Equity Grant, The Community Foundation, and The RocDoc Election Day Grant.


Supported by:

New York State Council on the Arts
Farash Foundation
Gouvernet Arts Fund
County of Monroe
Mary S Mulligan Charitable Trust
and over 1,000 Members!

  • October 6, 2023 - November 12, 2023