Ascender Films, Inc Founder, Paul Grant receives 2020 Award from The Balm In Gilead, Inc.

Ascender's Founder, Creative Director Receives '2020 Special Recognition' Award from The Balm In Gilead, Inc.

We are Grateful to have received this 'Special Recognition Award' last week from The Balm In Gilead, Inc. during their annual 'Healthy Churches' Conference.  I'm equally proud that content we produced almost ten years ago has remained a source of education, inspiration and fundraising for their critical work to help communities of faith to improve health outcomes among African/ African-Africans  throughout the United States and across the Diaspora.


Ascender Earns two TELLY AWARDS for "Making Gumbo Jubilee" and "Shaka's Story"

MAY 21, 2019

Ascender picked up two bronze TELLY AWARDS this year.  Our short-film "Making Gumbo Jubilee: Triumph of Howard Conyers" brought home the first bronze award in the "Social Media, Food & Beverage category." The second bronze statute was earned in the "Social Media-Public Health & Wellness" categories was earned for 'Shaka's Story", a 3-min segment from an ongoing digital series of testimonials from TB survivors.  The series was produced in 2018 for the US Department of Health & Human Services/ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

"We are thrilled for both projects!", says Senior Producer, Paul Grant,"Making Gumbo Jubilee as our first film highlighting black foodways.  We believe this is true testament that more of great stories exploring African/African American diaspora cooking can be told with premium production value and will be well received.  While our win for "Shaka's Story" again proves that we are truly mastering how we tell public health stories that resonate and make a difference."

Take a look at both projects here.