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Viewing Parties

Host your own #25for25 Viewing Party
for The Fishing School

About Redemption Stone

Redemption Stone chronicles the life of Tom Lewis, a retired policeman who founded The Fishing School, a family service center for at-risk youth located in Washington, D.C. It is a journey though the eyes of Lewis who brings an extraordinary spirit to his life’s work. Born into a poor family of sixteen children in a small Southern town, Lewis navigates his way through the world, first as a migrant worker, a factory laborer, a soldier, and finally a riot cop on the tumultuous streets of Washington, D.C. Lewis’s life takes a twist when he buys a former crack house on one of the most dangerous streets in America and opens up a place he calls The Fishing School. It’s here that Lewis turns hardship into hope for the children of his community.

The International Documentary Association in Los Angeles recognized Redemption Stone, produced, directed and edited by Tom Dziedzic, for outstanding documentary achievement as one of five best short films of the year. Redemption Stone screened at several film festivals including Slamdance, received an EMMY nomination and won a CINE Golden Eagle.

If you believe in the mission of The Fishing School and want to show your support, tell the story of Tom Lewis and his incredible vision to help DC youth and families at a #25for25 Viewing Party.

It's easy!

1. Invite your family and friends over.

2. Screen Redemption Stone.

3. Distribute TFS’ Viewing Party materials.

4. Stay connected to our work and encourage others to do the same!

Why Viewing Parties?

Small, festive gatherings around the screening of a film or live-streamed event are great ways to spread ideas worth sharing and information about important issues. They invite people to be a part of a larger conversation and engage with their communities in a creative and thought-provoking way. Few people are capable of making big donations to important causes, but everyone is capable of doing something to help. This collective effort can have a big impact on organizations like TFS. If you support TFS and want more people to engage in the outstanding work we have done each day for the past 25 years, host your own viewing party between September 30 and November 30! Download the information packet using the link below, or email Elizabeth Spagnoletti at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to receive a packet and register your viewing party.

Click here to download the TFS Viewing Party Toolkit

Watch TFS' American Graduate Day feature below to see what The Fishing School has grown into over the past 25 years!

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