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About the Film

R.A.W. Tuba is is the second installment of an inspirational series produced by Early Light Media (ELM) entitled Invisible Thread. The first episode, Throw, was seen by millions around the world. The series is independent and self-funded and if you would like to support the artists behind the series, you can donate here.  

We believe in Richard and the power of positivity that so many other “Richard Whites” in Baltimore desperately need to hear. Richard’s story speaks to the underdog in all of us and serves as an important reminder of the necessity of the arts in education. 


“The only thing that will stop me from being successful is death.” ~ R.A.W.

The Series

R.A.W. TUBA is a documentary about a Baltimore child who experienced intermittent homelessness but went on to become a world-class symphony musician and professor. As a child, Richard Antoine White (R.A.W.) slept wherever he could, sometimes in abandoned rowhomes where he was chewed on by rats during his sleep. Now in his 40s, he still has those scars across his abdomen. But despite enormous challenges, he went on to become the first African American in the world to receive a Doctorate in Music for Tuba Performance (D.M. not to be confused with the less rare D.M.A.), and not just from anywhere, from one of the most prestigious music programs in the US. Richard is now not only a tenured professor at the University of New Mexico, but he’s also the principal tubist of the New Mexico Philharmonic, which is in and of itself an Olympian-level accomplishment.

Thanks to Our Sponsors

Thank you so much for sponsoring our documentary series! We're excited to be working with all our sponsors and look forward to a long partnership with the company.

Our project is called RAW Film and it's a series of short films about the people who make up the film industry: directors, actors, editors, and everyone in between. We're thrilled to have your support because it means we can continue producing quality content that highlights the diversity of voices within our industry.

So, let’s meet our friendly sponsors:

NGO - Working Films

Working Films uses documentaries to advance social justice and environmental protection. Recognizing the power of film to inspire, they position documentaries to increase civic engagement and shift the culture at the local, state, and national levels. They offer funding and in-kind support to underrepresented filmmakers. And, they share their learning and foster dialogue to further the field of documentary for change. They lead conversations and pieces of training with grassroots groups and nonprofits to ensure that nonfiction media is increasingly embraced as a critical resource in their strategies for social change.

The Manifest

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Binary Pulse Studios

They are dedicated to crafting compelling videos and films to help achieve businesses’ goals. In Binary Pulse Studios, the team of strategists, creatives, and technicians produce videos that help our clients generate leads, train their teams, onboard customers, reduce support costs and sell more products. The Director, DP, scriptwriters, and storyboard artists are full-time employees, and they have daily, in-person huddles to ensure your project is always moving forward.


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Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc.

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Omnicom Group Inc. 

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Quanta Services 

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Ubiquiti Inc.

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