Greenwich Film Festival honors Legend, Jackson, Stiklorius – Greenwich Time

GREENWICH — The Greenwich International Film Festival’s Thursday evening Changemaker Gala had an award-winning trio as the guests of honor — John Legend, Mike Jackson and Ty Stiklorius. 

The three Changemaker Award winners are the producers and founders of Get Lifted Film Company, a production company with a goal of amplifying underrepresented voices through television, film, theater and publishing. 

“We started the company Get Lifted over a decade ago,” Stiklorius told Greenwich Time. “The intention was to tell stories that could crack people’s hearts open so that they would feel something and hopefully go out and do something and take some action.”

The Changemaker Award honors artists who use their platform and role in the film industry to continue positive social change. Wendy Stapleton, GIFF’s chairwoman, said GIFF’s core belief “is that stories have the ability to create pathways of empathy between people of different backgrounds and cultures,” which is a reason why her organization chose to honor Get Lifted this year, she said. 

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