Happy Birthday Mario Woods

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Six months after her son, Mario Woods, was killed by San Francisco Police, Gwen Woods visits his grave and the site of the shooting, and speaks to the community in an effort to keep her son's memory and voice alive.

This film is part of The Happy Birthday Project — a series of short, intimate portraits of the mothers, family, and close friends of victims of recent police killings in America. Stepping beyond the news headlines and political debates, the films witness loved ones as they remember, celebrate, and try to come to terms with the tragedies that have captured the attention of the nation and world.

Mohammad Gorjestani | Director

Mohammad is an Iranian-American filmmaker, featured as one of Filmmaker Magazine's 25 New Faces of Independent Film. His works have played festivals worldwide, and have been featured by VICE, The Atlantic, The Guardian, and Vimeo Staff Picks. His films have won the Tribeca X Award, Webby Awards, and he recently received the SFFILM Rainin Filmmaking Award for a feature film in development.



Executive Producers: Ephraim Walker & Andrew Coles
Director: Mohammad Gorjestani
Producer: Malcolm Pullinger
Director of Photography: Noe Chavez
Editor: Carson Porter
Production Sound: Jeremiah Moore
First Assistant Camera: Sydney Cox
Sound Design/Mix: Joel Raabe
Color: Ayumi Ashley
Associate Producers: Jamie Walker, Pedro Javier Hill, Ashley Rodholm
Production Assistants: Reza Tabesh, Roy Ellis