Above: The Immokalee Foundation’s Randall Kenneth Jones (right) and documentary filmmaker Robin Hauser (left), whose film, $avvy, will be shown at NIFF this year. She will be hosting a special Q&A with Immokalee Foundation students.
Robin Hauser, whose documentary film $avvy will be featured at the 2021 Naples International Film Festival, will host a Q&A with postsecondary students from The Immokalee Foundation.
A group of postsecondary students from The Immokalee Foundation will have the chance to sit down with film director and producer Robin Hauser after the east coast premiere of her film $avvy during the Naples International Film Festival.
$avvy explores how and why our financial culture sidelines women, especially low-income women and women of color, and tells a story about women who have taken matters into their own hands, complementing the mission of The Immokalee Foundation to provide educational and career-building opportunities that help give students economic independence and break the cycle of poverty.
After the film, director Robin Hauser will sit down with the students for a private Q&A session, answering any questions they may have about the film’s content or the path Robin took to become a film director and producer.
“Our students come from situations where just getting through high school is considered a high achievement, and where a college degree and career are mere dreams,” said Randall Kenneth Jones, who oversees marketing and communications for the Foundation. “This film explores financial well-being and will help prepare these kids for the financial ups and downs that they may face in the future.”
The majority of the young adults attending the screening from The Immokalee Foundation have graduated high school and are attending local colleges or technical schools. The Foundation remains involved with graduates into their postsecondary education to provide guidance and additional experiential learning opportunities like the Q&A with film director Robin Hauser.
“The documentary tells real-life stories of women who have overcome the challenges of burdensome student loans, high-interest credit card debt, bad credit and financial fragility. The film shares entertaining lessons about managing money that our kids should have been taught in schools. I’m excited to screen $avvy to Immokalee students. I truly wish I had seen this film when I was that age,” said Robin Hauser, director of the film featured at the Naples International Film Festival. “Getting in front of these kids and showing them these stories only further reinforces all that The Immokalee Foundation is teaching them in order to help them reach financial wellness and independence.”
For more than 30 years, The Immokalee Foundation has maintained a 100% focus on education and professional development for students in Immokalee—from kindergarten to postsecondary education. Through support, mentoring, tutoring, and life skills development, The Immokalee Foundation provides pathways to success for those who may not otherwise have had the opportunity to succeed. For additional information, call 239-430-9122 or visit immokaleefoundation.org.