Close Ties provides an intimate look at a rites of passage ceremony that connects teenage boys with male role models. The ceremony at this New Orleans barbershop was created by Dr. Andre Perry and Wilbert “Chill” Wilson as a way to strengthen communities struggling with crime, poverty and alarming high school drop out rates. Cultural traditions have been the cornerstone of African American communities for centuries. Close Ties examines the impact of this new tradition and shows us how tying a necktie — an act associated with men who embody professionalism and prestige — can inspire high school boys to commit to a life of achievement and success.

Close Ties is the winner of three film festivals: Best of Festival, Chicago International Social Change Film Festival, Best Overall and Documentary Film of the Dallas Black Film Festival and the Rosebud Film Festival. The documentary aired on NBC and Soul of The South.