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“Keep Running” is an animated short film based off of the poem of the same name written by Sterling Suliman. The film is both dedicated and a response to the death of Ahmaud Arbery, the Black Lives Matter movement and addresses the need to create safe and equitable spaces for minority stories, bodies and representation in contemporary media, communities and culture.

Overview, Goals & Significance:

In February of 2020, Mr. Arbery, a 25-year-old black man, was chased and killed by armed white residents of a South Georgia neighborhood. They were arrested months later, only after an article by The New York Times, the release of a video of the February confrontation, and increased attention from lawmakers, celebrities and civil rights activists, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation stepped in.


Keep Running

Animation in Progress- Coming Soon- Please see Development Notes Below

As our protagonist runs in the storyboard, they run past images of the Black community/Black history and toward the black present/future.


Above is a gathered list of research to key moments in black history and their corresponding images for reference.

First Round, Storyboards for ideation 

A short storyboard was developed to illustrate the flow of events in the film set to the poem in voice over. This story board was shared with members of the black community to reflect on and record their own bodies as reference footage for motion

Second Storyboard in Progress

Animation Tests in Progress 

Crowdsourced content for animation reference

The contributions and answers in this document help build and deliver the authentic “voice” of the film. Each participant in the survey is receiving a credit on the film as a collaborator.

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