About The Filmmakers

Director/Producer      DEBRA CHASNOFF
Producer/Editor         KATE STILLEY STEINER

GroundSpark was commissioned by Prosperity Now (formerly CFED), Citi Community Development and the San Francisco Office of Financial Empowerment to craft a short film that would inspire government officials, private sector partners, educators, and advocates to consider developing children’s savings accounts of their own.

About the Film Companies

GroundSpark creates visionary films and dynamic educational campaigns that move individuals and communities to take action for a more just world. We often work with advocacy organizations to translate complex economic, environmental and social issues, data, and analysis into moving stories that motivate audiences to become involved and take action. Our Academy-award winning documentary Deadly Deception—General Electric, Nuclear, Weapons and Our Environment helped Corporate Accountability International win its campaign to pressure GE to stop making the triggers for neutron bombs; Homes and Hands—Community Land Trusts in Action has helped the National Community Land Trust Network launch hundreds of land trusts across the country. Our own multi-film, curriculum, and professional development program, the Respect for All Project, has played a dramatic role in transforming school communities into more safe and inclusive learning environments.

Citizen Film is a not-for-profit production company dedicated to crafting documentary stories with care and dignity. We believe the best advocacy tool is a well-told story about real people making real change in their everyday lives. Citizen Film collaborates with cultural institutions and community organizations to craft documentary films and online media that foster active engagement in cultural and civic life.