Six Blocks Wide

In “Six Blocks Wide,” one old woman and a young girl challenge a drug lord’s grip on a small African American community. Filmed in Birmingham and starring Tonea Stewart (The Rosa Parks Story, A Time to Kill, Walker Texas Ranger) the short film, “Six Blocks Wide," takes on the difficult choices faced when the enemy holds all the cards…and the guns. The only weapons left to Faye and Gran are wisdom, courage, and love.

The neighborhood is small, but it is where Faye was born and has lived all her life and where Gran has rocked in peace on her porch and kept the ravelled edges of the world from fraying. The story, based on T.K. Thorne’s own experiences as a Birmingham patrol officer, intertwines beauty and heartbreak in a torn community. Directed by award-winning Yuri Shapochka, the film is a compelling look at violence, both locally and in our society as a whole.


  • A Film for Peace Festival, Italy
  • Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival
  • Budapest Short Film Festival
  • Naoussa International Film Festival in Greece
  • George Lindsey UNA Film Festival

Behind The Scenes


Six Blocks Wide guides viewers into the world of a small, inner-city community's struggle against a cruel drug lord. The community's matriarch, "Gran," has decided to fight back with both courage and heart against the violence her extended family now faces.

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