Recently, I've been contracted by my former professor and good friend Becky Wible Searles to edit segments of her documentary. “The Green Book Chronicles,” is a tribute to Victor and Alma Green's Jim Crow Era Travel Guides that Becky is directing/co-producing with Calvin Alexander Ramsey. I've been working on this project off and on since I was in school at SCAD. That was 8 years ago. That's crazy!
What makes good documentary filmmaking? In my opinion, it's the story. The story has to be there. Because that's essentially what documentary filmmaking is. "A documentary film is a non-fictional motion-picture intended to 'document reality, primarily for the purposes of instruction, education, or maintaining a historical record.'" (Wikipedia) What better real story to tell right now than the story of blacks in America who have struggled through the Civil Rights Movement, who are telling their incredible stories that are so relevant to today.
What could be more powerful at this point in time than telling the story of the past to learn from it so we don't repeat it. Well, at least that's the hope. Telling these stories from the past is so important. It's absolutely essential that we know these stories, that we hear them, and that we see the significance they still play in today's events.
I feel honored to play a small role in the greater importance and significance of this documentary filmmaking project. Last time I worked on a segment about Myrtle Beach. This time the segment is about the Gaston Hotel in Birmingham, Alabama. What a remarkable place that was. It's so exciting to learn about a place that was a haven for Dr. King and the other brave pioneers of the Civil Rights Movement.
I'm sincerely enjoying working on this project, and I can't wait to see the final film piece itself together. I'm excited and honored to be a part of it!
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