Aim to Leap

For the students of Atlanta's Towers High School, a gap year can make all the difference to their futures. A program is providing college bound first-generation and low-income students with the keys to higher education success by helping them envision and reach their post-secondary potential.

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Dez Hernandez is a natural-born storyteller, though he is most passionate about documentary filmmaking. From 2015-2016, he oversaw and line produced the ‘Veterans Coming Home’ project in collaboration with the CPB and public media stations around the country. In 2017, Dez completed his first feature-length documentary, The Balloonists: Brazil’s Guerrilla Folk Artists, which chronicles the struggles of Brazil’s underground artists pursuing the dangerous and beautiful passion that fuels them. He previously spent 9 years in Los Angeles, CA producing for major network and cable TV in various key roles; ranging from Casting and Development to Story and Post-Production, his credits include hits such as NBC’s American Ninja Warrior and HBO’s Luck.

Hernandez Directed Aim To Leap As a Beyond Graduation Digital Shorts Finalists for CPB and NALIP in 2018.


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