Press Release - Detail
For immediate release Thursday,  July  14, 2016
CONTACT:  Roy L. Williams                               
Director of Public Relations                        
Phone: (205) 226-3746 cell (205) 568-0067                                          
What: “A Cut Above: A Story About a Father and Son” film screening of documentary by Kalisha Whitman
When: Sunday, July 17, 2016, 3:30 p.m.
Where: Arrington Auditorium, Central Library, 2100 Park Place, Birmingham, AL 35203
Debut of “A Cut Above: A Story of a Father and Son” this  Sunday at the Central Library downtown
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama—The Birmingham Public Library’s Central Library downtown will host the debut film screening  of “A Cut Above: A Story About a Father and Son” this Sunday, July 17, at 3:30 p.m.
The 13-minute documentary deals with a Birmingham barber reconnecting with his biological father after years of no communication. This is the debut film for  Kalisha DigiMedia. The founder of the production company, Kalisha Whitman, is a 31-year-old former reporter for NBC 13. Whitman is an Emmy-winning journalist who has been recognized by the Associated Press and the Alabama Broadcasters Association for her work.
“A Cut Above” was born out of Whitman’s natural curiosity. Whitman said she came up with the idea while sitting in the chair of her longtime barber, Taqee Salaam. An interesting man walked in and had a brief conversation with her barber.
“I asked Taqee about the man and he told me the man was his biological father,” Whitman said in an interview.  “It was a fascinating story and the journalist in me kicked in. I asked if he would allow me to document his story, and he said yes.”
After 10 years working as an anchor and reporter, Whitman decided to go with her desire to start the production company sharing positive stories you don’t see on traditional news platforms. 
A self-described woman on the roam with her iPhone, Whitman filmed “A Cut Above” using her mobile device.  “The landscape of journalism is changing. Capturing stories is a way of life. We are never not connected to our phones. So that’s why I did it,” she said.
Whitman started the documentary on May 27, and finished within a month. The screening this Sunday at the Central Library will be its debut. You can check out more details about the film at
If you are interested in submitting a story idea, email Whitman at
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