Drawn Together: Comics, Diversity and Stereotypes
The documentary traces the fascinating journey of three comic creators who challenge the notion of race, appearance, and gender stereotypes through cartoons, comics and cosplay. Featuring Keith Knight, Vishavjit Singh and Eileen Alden.
- Selected in over 52 International Film Festivals
- Winner of 9 major awards including "BEST Documentary", "Freedom Award" and "Jason D Mak award for Social Justice"
Teaching Tolerance Article
The documentary provides the rare opportunity to explore the subjects of race, gender, and religion stereotyping through the universally popular medium of comic books and cartoons. Drawn Together boldly encourages viewers to unlearn stereotyping, look beyond the obvious, and confront media prejudices—all through an uncommon and inherently engaging everyday source.
Expert commentary is provided by Professor Arvind Singhal, a Clinton Foundation Fellow and world expert in entertainment education; Andrew Farago, the curator of San Francisco’s Cartoon Art Museum; and Adam Elrashidi, a cartoonist and a producer at Al Jazeera. They share their thoughts on how to solve the problem of racist stereotyping through changing the stories being told and discuss how the three profiled artists have brought about a groundswell movement to combat the way Americans traditionally look at racist stereotypes.
Meet Our Superheroes
A Sikh, American at heart, technically Caucasian, brown complexioned, occasionally donning the Captain America avatar with a latent power to bust your misconceptions.
Creator of intelligent, progressive, insightful comic strips. Keith’s work on race and police brutality has garnered interest of people from all walks of life.
Eileen Kaur Alden
Co- Creator of SuperSikh Deep Singh, this comic book writer, musician, rock mama, film producer, music label creator is a person known to break stereotypes related to women head on.
Meet the Experts
Dr. Arvind Singhal
Meet Our Team
Director and Producer: Harleen Singh
Harleen developed her passion for storytelling during frequent childhood travels in her native India, exposing her to remote places and diverse personalities. In California since 2009, she has assisted documentary producers and managed content marketing at The History Channel and National Geographic Channel. Her debut film, The Odd Couple: A Story of Two Triathletes (2015), premiered at SIFFT, and screened at festivals across the globe. The film was also a special invitee to the 2015 Parliament of World Religions. Since 2013, she has been a jurist for the United Nations Association Film Festival (UNAFF). Harleen earned an MBA in Marketing and Strategy from the Indian School of Business.
Director of Photography: Jeffery Gary
Jeff is an award-winning photographer and cinematographer. In 2015, Jeffery was Director of Photography on a short film, CARESS ME, and a music video for the band Giggle Party. In 2014, he was Co-Director of Photography on FANTASTIC, an anthology of short films. He is currently in pre-production on an untitled dramatic short.
Editor: Tal Skloot
Tal Skloot’s feature length documentary film ‘Freeway Philharmonic’ (2010) was broadcast nationally on PBS and toured the globe as part of the U.S. State Department/IDA sponsored American Documentary Showcase, showing worldwide in film festivals and universities. Tal is also a skilled producer, cameraman and editor with a credit list of twenty feature length documentaries and narrative films that have won multiple Emmy awards, been broadcast nationally on PBS, NBC, ABC, CBS and appeared in numerous national and international film festivals. Tal is a graduate of the American Film Institute (AFI) and is an adjunct faculty member at Sonoma State University and the Diablo Valley College film department.
Sound Editor: Paul Zahnley
Paul is best known as a creative technician whose passion is film. He loves his work, whether it calls for creating the perfect sound effect, smoothing out difficult dialogue, or mixing the multitude of tracks in a complicated scene. He primarily mixes long form films and non-fiction television, as well as commercials and trailers. During his more than 20 years in the industry, Paul was nominated for CAS Award in 2013 and an Emmy in 2007 and also inducted into the Cinema Audio Society (CAS) in 2001 due to his many film credits. He has a Masters in Documentary TV/Film from Goldsmiths College/University of London.
Music: Jay Williams
Jay is a veteran keyboardist, guitarist, and bass player who has toured the U.S., Japan, and England with such bands as experimental dance music ensemble Playground and Elektra Records Project’s Family Funk. His multi-instrumental prowess has led to frequentcollaborations with a range of producers and artists.
Background Score: Ryan Spratt
Ryan Spratt is a composer now working in LA. He started composing on his father’s Atari ST circa 1989. From there, he cultivated a double life as a classically trained band nerd during the day and a Grunge rock iconoclast in his own mind later in the day. His work has evolved with technology and he is now well equipped to express himself in a wide variety of styles, specializing in cinematic, ambient, electronic and indie. This is his second project with Kaur Films
Advisor: Gail Silva
Gail was the primary force behind Film Arts Foundation for more than 25 years, first as co-director, then executive director and finally president. Now the veteran advocate for indies has become an indie herself, as advisor, curator and mentor to the field. During her tenure at Film Arts Foundation, Gail co-established the groundbreaking (1984) Fund for Independent Cinema, the Film Arts Foundation’s grant program. She shepherded hundreds of fiscal sponsored projects from conception to completion. Through her work in organizations like NAMAC, INPUT and National Coalition of Independent Public Television Producers she championed the cause of independent media on the national and international level. She co-created (1996) and then curated (2001-2005) TRUE STORIES, the innovative documentary sneak preview series at San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.
Study Guide Consultant: Dr. Becki Cohn-Vargas
Dr. Becki Cohn-Vargas has worked as Director of Not In Our School (NIOS), a bullying and intolerance prevention project of The Working Group. She also has spent over 35 years in public education in California. She was a preschool director in Healdsburg, teacher and principal in the Oakland Unified School District, Elementary Curriculum Director for the Palo Alto Unified School District and Superintendent of the Luther Burbank School District. She has co authored the book Identity Safe Classrooms Places to Belong and Learn.
She also works to develop standards-based curriculum and has developed curriculum and lesson guides. She has presented and coached over 60 schools and colleges across the United States as well as in Germany and Nicaragua. She has been hosted at the White House twice where she briefed President Obama’s education staff. Her efforts have included partnerships with the PTA, NEA, Facing History, and the United Sikhs.