Literacy for Freedom: Empowering Black Boys in Minnesota  2023
When Keenan Jones became an elementary school teacher in MN he joined a demographic of roughly 200 out of over 63,000 teachers in the state: Black men.  What he saw as a Black man teaching was a system that did not serve young Black males.  Keenan founded Literacy for Freedom, an after school program specifically for young Black males, to support a demographic of students being held back by racism both in society and in the classroom.
Directed, shot and edited by Deacon Warner

The Co-op Wars ​​​​​​​ 2021
In the 1970s young radicals in Minnesota built an alternative economy, only to see it ripped apart by their own conflicted ideals and a shadowy revolutionary organization.  
Directed by Deacon Warner
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Trailer for The Co-op Wars

Bee-Sharp Honeybee  2018
An Australian composer, on a six-week visit to Minnesota, collaborates with musicians, scientists, animators and honey bees to create an original multi-media string quartet composition—based on audio recordings of bees.  
Directed, shot and edited by Deacon Warner
Trailer for the documentary short Bee-Sharp Honeybee produced with Australian composer Rae Howell

Peaceful Warriors: On the road with Vets for Peace  2011
Peaceful Warriors' chronicles a 2010 bus trip by a group of Veterans for Peace to the School of the Americas protest at the gates of Fort Benning. The experience is seen through the eyes of Jill and Lorenzo, two high school filmmakers who accompanied the group on its annual journey from Minnesota to Columbus, Georgia.  
Directed and edited by Deacon Warner

Opening clip from Peaceful Warriors: On the road with Vets for Peace

Ann Cosgrove Warner reflects on her childhood in Le Sueur as the daughter of the canning company president and the little sister to four older brothers. Both the affluence and the loss of her youth helped shape a deep spirituality that has guided her as a mother and a community organizer.
Directed, shot and edited by Deacon Warner
56  2006
Growing up in St. Paul in the 30s. Discovering a talent for football in the Navy during WW II. Returning to St. Paul to attend the University of Minnesota on the GI Bill. Dale Warner went on to meet his future wife, Ann, wearing number 56 for the Golden Gophers.  
Directed, shot and edited by Deacon Warner

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