MILWAUKEE — HBO Max has added a new documentary called "Growing Up Milwaukee," following the lives of three Black youths as they grow up in the city and fight to avoid "becoming just another statistic," according to a statement from the maker of the documentary, Wardlaw Productions.
Wardlaw Production is thrilled to finally announce that the Growing Up Milwaukee documentary will start streaming on @hbomax starting February 1st. Thanks in advance for your continuous support of the film. IT’S SHOWTIME!! pic.twitter.com/T8kwKUr90m— Tyshun Wardlaw (@tyshunwardlaw) January 25, 2021
The company's owner and a Milwaukee native, Tyshun Wardlaw, tells Madison365 that the motivation to make the doc was that “behind every statistic is a story.”
"The worst place for Blacks to grow up or to live is Milwaukee, from education to incarceration to economic disparities," Wardlaw told the outlet."I wanted to look at it from a youth perspective. I wanted to make sure that I highlighted the youth in the city, because I felt that it was imperative because they are the future of the city."
A number of Milwaukeeans are featured in the documentary, according to 365, including Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisolm, Executive Director for Urban Underground Sharlen Moore, Milwaukee County Department of Health and Human Services Deputy Director David Muhammad, Co-Founder of Flood the Hood with Dreams Muhibb Dyer, Clarke Street School principal Daryl Burns and Milwaukee County Director of Health and Human Services Mary Jo Meyers, among others.
"Growing Up Milwaukee" premiered at the American Black Film Festival in August of 2020, and was screened at the Social Justice Now Film Festival and the Milwaukee Film Festival.
It can be watched now on HBO Max.