11:23am PT by Chris Gardner
Endeavor Hosts "Race, Art and Justice" Social Impact Panel
Endeavor hosted its final “Impact Session” of 2020 on Friday, a conversation titled “Race, Art and Justice: Life in Lockdown.”
The panel, introduced by Endeavor’s senior vp of Social Impact Romola Ratnam, featured Anti Recidivism Coalition executive director Sam Lewis, ARC founder and One Community CEO Scott Budnick, and Endeavor Content co-president Graham Taylor. It featured a wide-ranging conversation on the criminal justice system and its impact on society as well as the ARC’s efforts on behalf of those reentering the workforce upon release.
The panel furthered Endeavor’s relationship with ARC that includes Endeavor Content’s commitment to hiring program graduates via the Impact on Set program, and Frieze LA’s partnership with the organization for the “Out of Bounds” exhibit, among other initiatives. Budnick, who finances social impact films through his One Community banner including Just Mercy and the upcoming In the Shadow of the Mountain with Selena Gomez, praised the work ethic he’s encountered with those who have re-entered the workforce. “You have people in prison who are incredibly talented. When some of these people came out and started working for us, they were often the first ones there and the last ones to leave,” said Budnick. “They were among the hardest working because they know that not everything is given to them.”
Added Lewis: “Imagine the worst thing anyone listening has ever done, for example, cheating on a test, and imagine being identified for the rest of your life. These can be important people in our communities, we have to give them the support needed for when they come home.”
For his part, Taylor praised the panelists' work for the betterment of society: “When you guys look back at your life at 75, you’ll be able to say ‘I’ve made a great change in the world.”
The panel can be viewed in full here.