Lots of fun stuff has been happening with film and video projects, and its also been a challenge wading through the stress, disruptions, and unknowns of the covid-19 pandemic. I’m especially feeling for filmmakers, artists, and workers and small businesses taking a hit with this unprecedented health crisis.  The cancellation of the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival here at home is especially heartbreaking.  I send out hugs and love to the amazing filmmakers and the Full Frame team who I know are so very disappointed with this decision to shut down for 2020.

In these historic, unprecedented times, it’s also important to celebrate and support all the goodness, good people, caretakers, medical professionals, and scientists surrounding us and working to make our world more just, safe, and livable for all.  This update shares some of the goodness we’ve been spreading the past months.

YOU GAVE ME A SONG: PBS Broadcast Premiere on "Reel South"

When we set out to make You Gave Me a Song, one of our goals was to share Alice Gerrard’s musical journey widely on PBS. We are so very happy to announce that our film will have its PBS broadcast premiere in May on Reel South
 
Hosted this season by the talented Valerie June, this much needed documentary series, “reveals the South’s proud yet complicated heritage, as told by a diversity of voices and perspectives.” Huge thanks to the PBS team of stations inviting us to be part of the series: UNC-TV Public Media North Carolina, South Carolina ETV, Alabama Public Television, Arkansas’ AETN, Louisiana Public Broadcasting, and Virginia’s VPM.
 
You can read more about You Gave Me a Song screenings and more, (including our Southern Circuit Tour and “She Changed the World” events), in our March Newsletter.  And please consider supporting our distribution efforts and help us share this very special documentary film.

Student Voting 2020: The "Why Vote?" Challenge

I have loved collaborating with folks at the Hart Leadership Program at Duke University and a talented group of students on a new, so important project – the “Why Vote?” Video Challenge. The video project is part of  You Can Vote’s “NC Campus Challenge”, a competition to see which NC colleges can get the most students registered and voting in 2020.  I have been sharing with students best video production practices as they produce their own PSA’s to help GOTV in 2020.

You can help expand the franchise and the youth vote this election year. Share the “Why Vote” Video Challenge with your student and professor friends on these NC campuses – Duke University, Durham Technical Community College, Meredith College, NC Central University, UNC-Chapel Hill, Waketech Community College, NC State University, and Wake Forest University.

Streaming Documentaries

Our diverse collection of documentaries are now streaming.  Check out our films about world renowned artists, disability & the arts advocacates, Kenyan peacebuilders, short track racing, and Piedmont bluesman. Rent, buy, gift a film to a loved one or friend.  Learn more about the docs here.  

Space for Rent
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Wishing you a peaceful, happy and, most importantly, healthy Spring time. Please do take good care of yourself, your loved ones and friends, and folks needing extra support and care during this time of social distancing and disruption in our lives.

And send  an email if you have documentary film ideas or projects to support voting rights and social justice work during this critical election time.
– KD