Signal Strength is a feature length documentary that follows the journey of artist/activist Kymone Freeman, creator of the National Black L.U.V. (Love, Unity and Vision) festival, as he works with three African-American men to create a progressive radio station in SE Washington, DC. When conflicts within the team arise and additional investors are brought on, changes start to occur; the station’s programming format, the racial makeup of the organization, and Kymone. As an opinionated activist and now equity partner in a business, Kymone must find a balance between “speaking truth to power” and navigating in a world where his strong opinions could affect his business interests and those of his partners.
Through all this, Kymone and his team still must solve the technical challenges of boosting a spotty AM signal. Without a clear and reliable radio signal, it will be hard for them to build a community listener ship and with that, secure additional funding to keep going.
Signal Strength explores what happens when an artist/activist rooted in Black L.U.V. attempts a business venture that tests the very principles he stands for.
“It shouldn’t be this hard to do good.”
music credit: bonobo - terrapin (sonorous mix)