Six Blocks Wide

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Six Blocks Wide is a short film directed by Yuri Shapochka. In the film a porch-bound grandmother, played by Tonea Stewart, assumes responsibility for preserving the peace in her impoverished neighborhood. The screenplay was written by Teresa Thorne, a former Birmingham Police Department captain who is now the executive director of the City Action Partnership which patrols the downtown business district.

Cinematographer David Brower shot the 10-minute film in Norwood.


  • Archibald, John (July 1, 2008) "Retired Birmingham officer's film, "Six Blocks Wide,' alters view of world." The Birmingham News