FLY BY LIGHT \ 83min \ USA

A group of teenagers board a bus for West Virginia, leaving the streets of Washington, DC to participate in an ambitious peace education program. For the first time in their lives Mark, Asha, Martha, and Corey play in mountain streams, sing under the stars, and confront the entrenched abuse, violence and neglect cycles of their past. But as they return to DC, each young person faces an unforgiving series of hurdles and roadblocks that challenge their efforts to build a better life. Through breathtaking visuals from street corners to mountaintops, FLY BY LIGHT is an intimate exploration of the chaotic, confusing, and emotional journey to rewrite a young person’s future.


Bahamas International Film Festival; Legacy Media Institute International Film Festival; Alexandria Film Festival; NOVA Film Festival; Environmental Film Festival; BolderLife Festival; Urban Mediamakers Film Festival; Brooklyn Girl Film Festival; Rosebud Film Festival (2017); Peekskill Film Festival; Albuquerque Film & Media Experience; Capital City Black Film Festival; Maryland International Film Festival; Wild & Scenic Film Festival; Frame 4 Frame Film Festival; One Earth Film Festival

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Ellie Walton

Ellie Walton, an award-winning documentary filmmaker and educator, has committed her life’s work to sharing personal stories of everyday heroes. Her films cover the stories of public housing residents fighting displacement (Chocolate City, 2007), day laborers searching for the American Dream (Igual Que Tú, 2009), theatre artists imagining change in schools and prisons (Walk With Me, 2012). Ellie’s career has been focused on deep engagement and collaboration with the community which she documents in her films.

She is the recipient of the 2011 Mayor’s Arts Award, the highest honor given to an individual artist in Washington, DC. 

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