Willingboro: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow


A short documentary that exemplifies how America ignores its dying suburbs. These beloved hometowns are the canaries in the coal mine when measuring the true economic and racial health of communities, and of America. Awards: Best Inspirational Film, Culture & Diversity Film Festival 2020, Los Angeles; Director's Choice Award, Thomas Edison Black Maria Film Festival 2021

directed by

Kelvin Phillips

director's bio

Kelvin Phillips is an award-winning screenwriter and director whose work has screened at numerous festivals, including PAFF. Phillips grew up in Willingboro, New Jersey, and his love for his hometown inspired this documentary. Attending Howard University under the mentorship from the great Ethiopian filmmaker Haile Gerima ("Sankofa"), Phillips received a BA in film directing, an MFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU, and has a PMP certification in project management. He currently resides in Newark, NJ.


Carla Jackson, Kelvin Phillips


16 minutes




Short Documentary


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