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"Finding Gold" at the Mill Valley Film Festival

"Finding the Gold Within" is the latest documentary from Berkeley filmmaker Karina Epperlein. The film focuses on the story of six young black men from Akron, Ohio, making the transition from high school to college. They face racism and stereotyping on their journey; but each draws strength from a mutual experience: a mentoring program for adolescents that has taught them confidence and self-respect. 

KALW's Ben Trefny sat down with Epperlein to hear more about "Finding the Gold Within".

KARINA EPPERLEIN: They are riveted. Everybody's riveted. It's that drumbeat, and then the craft of the storyteller.

Click the player above to listen to the full interview.

"Finding the Gold Within" premieres Friday, 10/10 at 8 p.m. at the Lark Theatre in Larkspur, with showings the following two nights in other towns as part of the Mill Valley Film Festival. Find more information, click here.

Ben joined KALW in 2004. As Executive News Editor and then News Director, he helped the news department win numerous regional and national awards for long- and short-form journalism. He also helped teach hundreds of audio producers, many of whom work with him at KALW, today.