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Youth healing through art, community, and motorcycles. 

Films: Cycles; Virtually Free; Through Our Eyes: Homefront

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CYCLES follows two young black men, Rell and EJ, who are motorcycle stunt riders from Compton and Watts, California. At its core it’s an intimate story about two unlikely friends and the prevalent cycle that incarceration plays within their lives.

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Film Contact:

Jonathan Barenboim 


  • Year
  • Runtime
    20 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
    United States
  • Rating
    Mature Themes
  • Note
    Documentary Short
  • Director
    Jonathan Barenboim
  • Screenwriter
    Yimin Gu and Jonathan Barenboim
  • Producer
    Melissa Panzer
  • Executive Producer
    Melissa Panzer
  • Cast
    Darrell Hardy and EJ Dodson