Bradley Rayford, a recent graduate from St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley, can add another achievement to his already growing list.
The film “For Ahkeem” was recently selected for the Berlin Film Festival, and Rayford held the key role of field producer for the film.
“For Ahkeem” is the coming-of-age story of Daje Shelton, a black 17-year-old girl in North St. Louis. She fights for her future as she is placed in an alternative high school and navigates the marginalized neighborhoods, biased criminal justice policies and economic devastation that have set up many black youth like her to fail.
Rayford is no stranger to capturing people in their essence. Rayford covered protests in Ferguson that occurred shortly after 18-year-old Michael Brown Jr. was shot and killed by a Ferguson police officer. He captured critical footage of everything that was happening and he turned that into a mini-documentary, “Ferguson: A Resident’s Perspective.”
His work has been featured on CBS, NBC, MSNBC, Al Jazeera America, and the Los Angeles Times. He won two awards from the National Association of Black Journalists in its Digital Media category. He has been at the forefront of the Ferguson story, capturing historic moments seen around the world.
Rayford currently has a fellowship at MSNBC in New York.