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Our Mission is Simple:

Tell Often. Tell Artfully. Tell True.

Using Personal Narratives as Tools for Compassion and Transformation

Spoken Treasures: Narratives of the Flea Market at Eastern Market

Follow us as we collect the narratives about the people who are the Flea Market at Eastern Market in Capitol Hill, D.C.

Roots & Reasons Productions produced several short films for Story District. . . In every situation, they were highly professional in their delivery of services, knowledge, creativity and communication.

Amy Saidman

Artistic Executive Director, Story District

Set the Record Straight

Workshops to Capture Life Stories

It takes someone special to help you pull from memory the preciousness and connectedness of significant times gone by and give it new light. This is what RRS did with our participants. Staff exuded warmth and a knowledge of the craft of storytelling that still echoes in the experiences of those who took part in making digital markers of their tales.

Clynthia Graham

Former Program Director, Sasha Bruce Youthworks

Field Notes

Berna Rodman

Turkish Delights on Capitol Hill Add to this project's collection.   Visit HistoryPin.org to post your relevant photos, videos and comments. Berna Rodman, Owner of Antiochia Home Linens, talks about her business and how being a flea market...

Reimagining Holiday Traditions during Changing Times

Folklife is what we learn, not from books, but from the people we identify with, our clan.  Traditions are the threads that make up the tapestry of our own belonging.  It is generally through these customs, traditions, stories, jokes and foodways (to name...

Support Stories this Giving Tuesday

It's Giving Tuesday! Our current project, Spoken Treasures: Narratives from the Flea Market at Eastern Market, has us busy getting to know the diverse and talented folks who make the Flea Market at Eastern Market the extraordinary event that it has been for over 30...

Camille Mosley-Pasley

An International Flea Market YOU can add to this project's collection.   Visit HistoryPin.org to post your relevant photos, videos and comments. On November 8, 2017, Camille Mosley-Pasley, former Market 5 Gallery program director and clerk for Eastern Market Auctions,...

Shefa has natural talent for listening, leaning in, and making each of her interviewees feel immediately comfortable and open. It was fascinating to watch. I witnessed artists I have known for years open up to her revealing details about their histories and processes they had never shared with me in studio visits. With no exaggeration, I can honestly say that Shefa has a true gift and is an artist in her own right.

Brooke Seidelmann

Gallery Director, Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery, (2009-2014)


Roots and Reasons Productions is the calm in the eye of the storm that is production. Great contributors and collaborators in the art of storytelling.They are consummate professionals with a devastating sense of humor who brings intangible value to every production. Blessed with a critical ear for narratives and an aesthetic eye for composition, [RRP] has been my go to documentarian in D.C.

Terry Scott

Independent Arts Producer, NYC-LA-DC-NOLA

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