An Exciting Week

Heather Martin at INA Film Festival

Heather Martin at INA Film Festival

It’s been quite a week for us at Pescador Arte.  Determined 2 Make It has been screened in two film festivals back to back, at the Commffest (Global) Community Film Festival in Toronto and at the International North American Film Festival in Detroit.  Even better we received some love from the audience in both towns.  In Toronto we were nominated for a Making a Difference (MADA) Award and in Detroit we won a People’s Choice Award!



Screening at Michigan Juvenile Detention Association

We are so pleased and honored to to announce that DETERMINED 2 MAKE IT will be screened at the MJDA Annual Higgins Lake Conference on August 11.  This is a statewide conference in Michigan for Juvenile Detention professionals.

It is our hope that the film will help organizations like Youth Arts Alliance! to provide creative arts workshops inside juvenile detention and residential treatment facilities in Michigan. YAA! connects youth and community artists in partnership to explore lives and futures; engagement in the arts provides tremendous vehicles for self-exploration, expression and coping.

Washtenaw County Youth Center, Mural Detail

Washtenaw County Youth Center, Mural Detail

Interested in a Youth Arts Alliance! training, Determined 2 Make It screenings, DVDs or more information? Email or  fill out the contact form below.


Determined 2 Make It – Trailer

With unprecedented access to youth living serving their sentences in the Juvenile Justice System, DETERMINED 2 MAKE IT, features African American, Latino and White teens engaging in innovative art projects in which they express themselves and reflect upon their life experiences. With the collaboration of artist Activists from the outside, these young people not only reshape their local landscape and defy labels attached to them by the system and society, but also share their hopes and dreams for a brighter future. (32 minutes and 40 seconds)

Diamonds Under Pressure

AP7U6954The soundtrack of Determined 2 Make It was created and performed by the boys and girls of the Southeast Michigan Juvenile Justice System in Youth Arts Alliance! music workshops. Most of these young people are featured in the documentary along with workshop facilitators, Ben Cohen, Akili Jackson and Yusuf Lateef of Radiant City.  The sound is mostly hip hop with original lyrics written by the youth with their poetry, stories of pain and suffering, and hopes and dreams for the future. Radiant City produced an album, Diamonds Under Pressure, with the 9 songs created in the workshops. To listen to the tracks, click on the following link:

Determined 2 Make It Soundtrack

Determined 2 Make It

Determined 2 Make It

Youth in the Juvenile Justice System of Southeast Michigan search for ways to tell their stories through hip hop music, visual arts and public murals. Through their interaction with art, these boys and girls create a space to reflect on hardships, expectations and hope, revealing a unique perspective on who they are and what lies ahead.

Stay tuned for the trailer and information about screenings.