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Film Screening: Sista in the Brotherhood

October 10, 2016

“A black apprentice carpenter struggles to prove herself on her first day at a new job site. An out-lier in a white, male-dominated workforce, she’s forced to navigate the crew’s reactions to her. She receives inspiration from a surprising source to help her decided to make a stand or risk never being recognized as the skilled worker she has become.”

Screening at Howard S. Wright office
Wednesday, March 8
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Film screening sponsored by Howard S. Wright Construction
Discussion panel:
Roberta Hunte, Producer; Dawn Jones Redstone, Director; Rhonnda Parsons Edmiston, HSW; Cherise Lakeside, Ankrom Mosian

Roberta Hunte
“Roberta Hunte is an educator, facilitator, consultant, mother, and cultural worker. She is an Assistant Professor in Women Gender and Sexuality Studies at Portland State University where she teaches courses on reproductive justice, inequality, equity, and women of color feminisms. She is a collaborator and producer of the play My Walk Has Never Been Average, and a short film Sista in the Brotherhood both informed by her research on African American tradeswomen. She is co-director of the play We are BRAVE, stories of reproductive justice.

Dawn Jones Redstone
“Dawn Jones Redstone is an award-winning gay, Latina filmmaker living in Portland, Oregon. She has been making films for about 15 years. She worked as a union carpenter for six years before becoming a carpentry instructor at a non-profit called Oregon Tradeswomen. In 2012, she left to pursue her dream of filmmaking full time and started Hearts+Sparks Productions with a focus on community-minded media. She is committed to creating films that help balance the media representation of women and people of color both in front of and behind the camera.”

Rhonnda Parsons Edmiston

“As business equity development director in the Pacific Northwest for Howard S. Wright Construction, Rhonnda provides direction, leadership, and accountability in the development and integration of strategic Diversity & Business Equity initiatives to internal teams, external partners, and community members in Portland and Seattle. Rhonnda enjoys engaging with Northwest community groups that foster the growth and development of diverse small businesses, and she is passionate about working with young people to encourage them to consider career pathways in the design and construction industry. ”

Cherise Lakeside
Specifier, Ankrom-Moisan Architects
Cherise has experience with many facets of the project team in the built environment. She has worked in construction, MEP Engineering and largely for two architectural firms during her 30 year career in AEC. She works for Ankrom Moisan Architects as a specifier and is the immediate Past President of the Portland Chapter of CSI. She is particularly passionate about young professional development, improving project coordination and They call her the #CSIKraken.