This film shows that generosity is not about what you have to give, but what you want to give.”
—Dr. Peter Stephen, retired professor, University of the West Indies
12 Months is an award-winning documentary about a Los Angeles man (Tony) who rents
his three-bedroom home for the entire year of 2013 for $1 per month to help a family in traditional housing.
Told through the eyes of Felicia Dukes and her four children, the project puts a personal face on homelessness and encourages individuals to take personal responsibility for helping address societal concerns.
This film has won Best Documentary at the Sunrise Film Festival in Nova Scotia, Canada,
in October 2015 and has been shown in 15 film festivals in 12 countries.
A powerful story that has the ability to inspire others to do more with the tools they have. A pleasure to screen it in my class.”
—Thomas Shevory, Professor of Politics, Ithaca College
Run time: 64 Min 3 seconds
Higher Education DVD + PPR, Higher Education DVD + PPR + Streaming License, K-12 and Nonprofit Groups DVD + PPR
Charysse Tia Harper was born and raised in Oxnard, California. She graduated from the University of Southern California (Los Angeles) with Bachelor degrees in Cinema and Journalism. She also earned a Master’s in International Relations and Management & Leadership at Regent’s University London in England.
Charysse is of Trinidadian descent and has focused three projects on topics of that culture: award-winning film, The Other Side of Carnival (2010), T&T 50 in Fifteen (2012), and Panomundo: Part 1: The Evolution of the Steelpan (2015). Her award-winning documentary, 12 Months (2014), has been an official selection in various film festivals in North America, the Caribbean, Europe, Oceana and Africa.
She is very passionate exploring other cultures. She has worked and lived in the United States, United Kingdom and Trinidad & Tobago. She has recently completed a short documentary to commemorate Newark’s 350th year anniversary entitled Insurance: Putting Newark on the Map (2016); is producing Not In Our Culture, a series about tribal weddings in Nigeria; and is preparing for the World Premiere of Panomundo Part 2: Pan Worldwide (2017) in London in the summer. Charysse currently resides in New York City.